USG Teaching & Learning Conference - April 8, 2015
Tracking Trends and Transferring Knowledge: Exploring Innovative Technologies for Postsecondary and Transition Planning Success
UGA Hotel and Conference Center
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
10:00 AM to 10:45 AM EST
Carolyn Phillips, Director of Tools for Life
Liz Persaud, Training and Outreach Coordinator, Tools for Life
Welcome to the 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. Technologies that are considered mainstream innovations and have unique features benefiting those living with disabilities are now widely available on the market at reasonable prices. Moving from high school to postsecondary planning and beginning a path that leads to college or technical school can be an overwhelming experience, especially when those planned self-advocacy skills need to become reality. Students need independent access to the curriculum to become successful life-long learners. Assistive Technology can increase opportunities for education, social interactions, and potential employment. Innovative assistive technology is often mainstream technology like tablets, apps, wearables and robotics. With such a wide range of assistive technology solutions available, how does someone include their choices into transition planning? Assistive Technology can be identified for students through consideration, or evaluation by matching technological features to individual needs. This hands-on presentation will provide a brief overview of the assistive technology consideration process as well as provide participants with demonstrations and examples of cutting-edge technology aligned to postsecondary and transition planning success. Through open discussion and question and answers participants will leave energized with resources on how to identify AT consideration strategies, new knowledge on strategies for transition planning, and up-to-date information on the latest assistive technology devices and trends. Demonstration and hands-on interaction will include the opportunity to try various tablets, apps, wearable technologies and telepresence robots. Participants are encouraged to bring their tablets, mobile devices, app suggestions and other questions as they join presenters for a thoughtful discussion on 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. Get ready to learn how Assistive Technology can help all students achieve academic success!