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VE-EDU-46: AT Leadership - An EPIC Journey


Does your district need to develop or fine tune your district procedures to be sure the AT services provided strategic and sustainable? In this session, participants will learn to Establish where they want to go by evaluating current practice, considering successful strategies and needs; Plan what strategies will create a change in practice in those areas where there is a need, Implement the strategies, evaluate the outcomes, and Chart a course for the next cycle of implementation. Connect with leaders who have faced similar challenges and hear about actions they have taken to overcome barriers and improve services to students.

Learning Objectives

First Learning Objective: Identify four components of a sustainable change system.
Second Learning Objective: Describe two needed strategies for determining areas of improvement in AT services.
Third Learning Objective: Discuss the importance of eight QIAT indicator areas in developing a change system.

Primary Strand

Education & Learning: Early Intervention – 12/Higher Education

Secondary Strand


Target Audience

  • Accessibility Professional
  • ADA Coordinator
  • Administrators
  • AT Specialists
  • Alternative Media Specialist
  • Caregivers
  • Communication Specialist
  • Consumers/Individuals with Disabilities
  • Consultants/Trainers
  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Disability Services
  • Educators
  • Faculty/Instructors - Higher Education
  • Government/Non-Profit Agencies
  • Instructional Technologist
  • Media Specialist
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Physical Therapists
  • Rehab Therapists
  • Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Special Education Educators
  • Teachers of the Visually Impaired
  • Teachers of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing
  • Transition Coordinator
  • Visual Impairment Specialists
  • Vocational Rehabilitation

Experience Level


Primary Life Cycle Addressed


Session Delivery Format

In-person presentation with live-stream

Course Schedule

This course was given at the ATIA 2022 Conference on Thursday, Jan 27: 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM (EST)

Continuing Education Credits

For Satisfactory Completion and Continuing Education information, please visit: ATIA Learning Center CEUs

ASHA CE Information:
Recorded Session
Start date of ASHA CEUs offering: June 15, 2022
ASHA CE Approved Provider. ATIA. Introductory Level. 0.05 ASHA CEUs

This course is also offered for the following CE Provider Credits:
For: 0.10 CEU Units or 1.0 CEU Hours.

As this course was included in the ATIA 2022 Virtual Event series, please refer to the ATIA Learning Center CEUs page for further information on how to submit your CRC CEUs for this course to CRCC.


Joan Breslin Larson, M.Ed.

Breslin Larson and Associates, Independent Consultant


Joan Breslin Larson, M.Ed. is an independent consultant on issues relating to AT. Her work has a particular focus on policy, leadership and developing effective teams to improve services for assistive technology in special education. She was formerly a supervisor for services for students with low incidence disabilities at the Minnesota Department of Education and as an AT and UDL specialist. She has worked in AT for over 30 years, as an independent consultant, in a school setting, and at the state education agency. Joan lives in Minnesota, and is the parent of three adult children, one of whom had an IEP. Joan Is a member of the QIAT Leadership Team and receives royalties from sales of 2 publications related to QIAT.

Relevant Financial Relationship: Yes
I receive consulting fees from independent consulting work. I receive royalties from CAST Publishing.

Relevant Non-Financial Relationship: Yes
Joan Breslin Larson is a member of the QIAT Leadership Team

Diana Carl, M.A.

Independent Consultant


Diana Foster Carl, M.A., is an independent consultant who has more than 40 years of experience in various capacities in special education as well as in leadership roles in national, statewide, and regional organizations and boards. Diana, whose background is as a licensed specialist in school psychology, is a former Director of Special Education Services at Region 4 Education Service Center in Houston and was the lead facilitator of the Texas Assistive Technology Network (TATN) for twelve years. She contracted with CAST as the Special Projects Coordinator for the National Center on Accessible Educational Materials and the previous national centers at CAST related to accessible materials. Diana is a founding member of the Quality Indicators for Assistive Technology (QIAT) and a co-author of Quality Indicators for Assistive Technology: A Comprehensive Guide to Assistive Technology Services and The QIAT Companion: A Just in Time Resource for Implementing the Quality Indicators for Assistive Technology. Diana’s daughter has cerebral palsy and uses a power wheelchair for mobility.

Relevant Financial Relationship: Yes
Fee from speaking - AT TIES Together Conference, Oregon; publishing royalties as an author of two QIAT books

Relevant Non-Financial Relationship: Yes
Member of the leadership team for the Quality Indicators in Assistive Technology (QIAT)