RESNA 2014 in Indianapolis, IN

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Diving Beneath the Surface: A Closer Look at Tablets, Apps and Accessibility

RESNA Instructional Course AM

June 12, 2014

8:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Presenter: Carolyn Phillips, Director Tools for Life and Martha Rust, AT Specialist, Tools for Life

Session Description:

Welcome to the Tablet revolution! As the economy recovers and mobile technology solutions evolve, more schools and workplaces are implementing a Bring Your Own Technology (BYOT) model. AT professionals are considered the experts when it comes to these devices, accessibility and how these solutions can assist individuals with disabilities. There are significant differences among the tablets and the accessibility options on them. Participants will explore the Tools for Life AppFinder, various tablets and associated accessibility features to learn how to determine which are most helpful so that individuals will achieve success.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will be able to compare and contrast at least 3 of the popular mobile tablets.
  • Participants will be able to assess accessibility features of tablets to make informed choices.
  • Participants will be able to discuss at least 10 apps that can assist individuals with reading, writing, organization and daily living.
  • Participants will be able to successfully navigate the Tools for Life AppFinder.

A Guided Conversation on Apps: What Works!

RESNA Instructional Course PM

June 12, 2014

1:30 PM to 5:30 PM

Presenter: Carolyn Phillips, Director Tools for Life and Martha Rust, AT Specialist, Tools for Life

Session Description:

Before you finish reading this paragraph, 8 more apps will be released to the public. Apps are revolutionizing the way people use technology and access their environments. These mobile technologies are prominent in our mainstream society. Are you feeling a bit behind when it comes to understanding these apps and how to use them to assist people with disabilities? Do you have “silly" questions that you do not want to ask because you feel you should already know the answers? Then this is the session for you! During this presentation, participants will learn and share valuable information about apps for iOS, Android, and Microsoft tablets including accessibility feature considerations. This is a hands-on session that will leave you full of knowledge and resources for using and sharing apps.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will be able to discuss at least 3 apps that can assist with reading and writing.
  • Participants will be able to discuss at least 3 apps that can assist with communication and daily Living/emergency.
  • Participants will be able to discuss at least 3 apps that can assist with organization and relaxation.
  • Participants will be able to successfully navigate the Tools for Life AppFinder.

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