Finding the best access point for controlling devices is critical to give students, who use switches, independence in their lives. But finding the best switch location is not the only factor that leads to becoming a successful switch user. To gain a skill, repetition with variety is needed. To provide several opportunities or repetitions, teachers and therapists need to have a collection of switch accessible activities for students to choose from. This session will review assistive technology (AT) devices, including DIY, that can provide input to a computer and several websites that can be accessed by just one motor movement.
First Learning Objective: Identify 3 websites that provide repetition with variety through single switch access.
Second Learning Objective: Discuss 2 AT devices that assist with access to technology for students who use switches.
Third Learning Objective: Develop a collection of 10+ switch accessible websites to share with teachers and/or families for use at home or school.
Assistive Technology for Physical Access and Participation
Secondary same as primary
- AT Specialists
- Curriculum and Instruction
- Family Members
- Occupational Therapists
- Special Education Educators
- Speech-Language Pathologists
Primary Life Cycle Addressed
Session Delivery Format
In-person presentation with live-stream
This course was given at the ATIA 2022 Conference on Friday, Jan 28: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (EST)
Continuing Education Credits
For Satisfactory Completion and Continuing Education information, please visit: ATIA Learning Center CEUs
ASHA CE Information:
Start date of ASHA CEUs offering: November 15, 2022
This course is also offered for the following CE Provider Credits:
ACVREP; AOTA; IACET
For: 0.10 CEU Units or 1.0 CEU Hours.
This course was approved by CRCC for CRC CEUs and was included in the ATIA 2022 Virtual Event series. The ATIA 2022 Virtual Event CRC series offering was available from January 25, 2022 through January 24, 2023.
Training & Technical Assistance Center at Old Dominion University, AT Specialist/Occupational Therapist
Ynez Peterson, OTR/L, is an Assistive Technology Specialist at the Virginia Department of Education's Training & Technical Assistance Center (T-TAC) at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA. With 37 years of experience as an Occupational Therapist, she currently provides professional development and assistive technology (AT) support to special education teachers and therapists in Virginia. She has worked as an occupational therapist in both schools and sub-acute medical facilities. She shares her passion for working with students with special needs by presenting at local and national occupational therapy and assistive technology conferences, instructing college students, developing online instructional training modules, and developing professional development opportunities for educators and community partners. Ynez has presented on occupational therapy and assistive technology solutions for students with disabilities at the following conferences: American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), Closing the Gap, and Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA). Publications include: "Including Student Voice in IEP Meetings Through Use of Assistive Technology" in TEACHING Exceptional Children, May 2020.
Relevant Financial Relationship: Yes
Salary from employment
Relevant Non-Financial Relationship: Yes
Publications include: "Including Student Voice in IEP Meetings Through Use of Assistive Technology" in TEACHING Exceptional Children, May 2020 and recieves no fees from publications.