2014 ADRC Conference

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2014 Systems Integration Conference

Thursday, August 14

Canterbury Room

Assistive Technology (AT) Lab open from 9:00am to 5:15pm

Opening Plenary

Intro to TFL PDF Presentation

Session - Introduction to Assistive Technology Across the Lifespan

9:00am to 10:15am

Welcome to the Assistive Technology revolution! The world around us is evolving at an astounding rate. Assistive Technology developments have been foundational in this evolution and a catalyst for producing positive life-changing results for individuals with disabilities. This session will take a closer look at assistive technology and the benefits to the whole person, considering changes throughout their life span. Come learn about what's new in AT and in the AT community as we explore where we were, where we are and perhaps, where we are going. We will also discuss possible solutions to expedite knowledge transfer from research journals to your clients whether they are in school, at home, at work or in the community.

Learning objectives:

  • At the end of the session, participants will be able to list 3 assistive technology devices and the strategies and solutions to benefit an individual throughout their life span.
  • At the end of the session participants will be able to identify 2 research findings that are actively being used to assist people with disabilities and the aging population.
  • At the end of the session, participants will be able to identify 3 assistive technology related resources in Georgia to expand independence for people with disabilities.

Introduction to Assistive Technology Across the Lifespan PDF Presentation

Session - Top 10 Count Down of Assistive Technology

1:00pm to 2:00pm

Come hear the TOP TEN cutting edge assistive technology devices for use by all while living in the community.

Top 10 Count Down of Assistive Technology PDF Presentation

Session - Understanding Apps and Tablet Accessibility: Back to Basics

2:30pm to 3:45pm

The app and tablet revolution has positively impacted the lives of people with disabilities, breaking down barriers and opening doors where opportunities previously rarely existed. However, keeping up with the latest mobile tablets that are available on the market as well as app updates and new developments can be quite overwhelming. Do you find yourself falling a bit behind of your peers and other professionals? Do you have what you may feel are “silly” questions, but don’t want to ask them in front of others? Do you feel like you should already be an “expert” in this app and tablet revolution? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this session is for you! This interactive session will clearly define the basic differences between multiple operating systems (iOS, Android and Microsoft). Presenters will demonstrate basic accessibility features that can be found within these operating systems and on various tablets. We will also explore a few apps that can increase independence and assist with daily living activities. This is a “bring your own technology” (BYOT) session, so come prepared with your tablets and mobile devices and increase your knowledge! Presenters will provide a few tablets that can be shared for a hands-on experience.

Learning objectives:

  • At the end of the session, participants will be able to identify 3 major differences between the iOS, Android and Microsoft operating systems.
  • At the end of the session, participants will be able to operate at least 2 accessibility features within iOS, Android and Microsoft tablets.
  • At the end of the session, participants will be able to list 5 apps that can increase independence and assist people with disabilities with daily living activities.

Understanding Apps and Tablet Accessibility: Back to Basics PDF Presentation

Session - Tea & Talk: Exploring Assistive Technology

4:00pm to 5:15pm

Do you have questions about assistive technology? Are you running into barriers when you are providing services and support your clients? Have you encountered a unique situation that may need some in-depth assistive technology strategies and solutions? If so, then join us during this “tea & talk” where we will engage in an open discussion with you about assistive technology and resources for increasing independence and removing obstacles. During this time participants will receive a brief overview and update of Tools for Life, Georgia's Assistive Technology Act Program at Georgia Tech, including the statewide Tools for Life Network. Presenters will define assistive technology and share information about real world solutions and implementation. Discussion will center on tracking technological trends and knowledge transfer and will include examples of assistive technology, software, hardware, mobile technology and apps. Bring your tea (or your favorite beverage), service and support examples, solutions and ideas!

Learning objectives:

  • At the end of the session, participants will be able to identify 3 resources available through the TFL Network and other partnerships that may benefit their clients.
  • At the end of the session, participants will be able to list the 7 core activities fulfilled by the Tools for Life program and the TFL Network.
  • At the end of the session, participants will be able to identify 2 assistive technology strategies and solutions for assisting their clients to overcome daily barriers.

Tea & Talk: Exploring Assistive Technology PDF Presentation