Join us for one of OTAP's interactive classes about assistive technology (AT). These classes are held in collaboration with Portland State University in Portland, Oregon and offer university credit. Students wishing to enroll in the classes must have access to a computer with internet capabilities. Students who enroll in OTAP web classes will be given a screen name and a password which will allow them access to the class site and discussion groups. Weekly assignments take place on this interactive web site. Participants may sign in and enter discussions at any time. For questions or further information, please contact Terry Christenson at terry.ch[email protected].
SUMMER TERM 2012
Assistive Technology and Accessible Instructional Materials: Strategies for Administrators
IDEA and Section 504 require the provision of Assistive Technology (AT) and Accessible Instructional Materials (AIM) for students who need them. Administrators have many special skills that can support the successful provision of AIM and AT devices and their support services. School administrators supervise staff, manage program resources and processes, and lead program improvement efforts. In this class we will explore ways that school administrators and AT leaders can help to develop and improve AIM and AT services.
High quality AT and AIM services give students with disabilities access to their education in new and exciting ways and help improve student performance on state and local assessments. This class will offer specific assessment tools and suggestions for action for each of the four aspects of an administrator’s role. Using real-life examples from the experiences of the participants, students will create a personal plan for developing and improving AT and AIM services within the programs they coordinate.
This class offers three graduate credits through Portland State University for $350.00. All class materials are included in the cost of the class. Click here to download registration materials.
Online Overview of Assistive Technology
The course examines assistive technology for persons with disabilities at all levels of disability across various disability categories and ages. Emphasis is placed on a task-focused approach for selecting assistive technology tools, matching AT to a student's identified need and initial integration into a student's educational program. The course includes information related to hardware, software, evaluation, instruction, and classroom management for AT use. The course will include: 1) Introduction to a variety of assistive technology devices in an online environment; 2) Requirements of federal and state legislation relevant to assistive technology; 3) Introduction to Consideration of AT as required in IDEA; 4) Methods to evaluate the technology needs of individuals with disabilities and match appropriate technologies, and; 5) Strategies for integrating students’ use of assistive technology in classroom instruction, everyday routines and activities.
This class offers three graduate credits through Portland State University for $400. All class materials are included in the cost of the class. Class Registrations materials will be available August 1,2012.
Collaborative Assistive Technology Assessment
Assistive Technology (AT) is technology used to improve functional capabilities of students with disabilities. This course teaches a collaborative team model for assessing an individual student's need for AT. Topics include the use of Education Tech Points, the SETT Framework, Framing the Question, Environmental Assessment, and Evaluation of Effectiveness. The focus is on team-based assessment for children with disabilities in school programs. However, the content regarding assistive technology assessment is applicable to all ages.
This class offers three graduate credits through Portland State University for $400. All class materials are included in the cost of the class. Class Registrations materials will be available Fall,2012.
Assistive Technology Implementation Strategies: After the Assessment
When an IEP team completes an assistive technology assessment and determines that assistive technology tools are needed by a child with disabilities, the work has only begun. Implementation planning, inclusion strategies and evaluation of the effectiveness of the assistive technology program are essential if AT is to become a useful tool for a student who needs it. This course introduces four aspects of assistive technology competence, suggests the use of various classroom management strategies and offers a variety of tools and concepts for integrating AT into the daily lives of students with disabilities.
This class offers three graduate credits through Portland State University for $400.00. All class materials are included in the cost of the class. Registration materials available Winter, 2013.