GATE 2016 in Atlanta, GA
Living Your Best Life: The Power of Assistive Technology
Presenter: Carolyn Phillips, Director of Tools for Life | Georgia Tech
This session will focus on a personal journey of living with learning disAbilities and the transformational power of assistive technology (AT). We will explore the collective role each of us play in promoting student success beyond the educational environment and the powerful role of AT in this process. We will examine outcomes that can occur when self-advocacy, inclusion, universal design for learning and appropriate assistive technology solutions are integrated into the lives of individuals with disAbilities. This session will provide participants with helpful tips, opportunities to explore emerging trends and identify specific AT strategies and solutions to promote success in the school setting and that can ultimately assist with smooth transitions into the workplace and community.…all in 60 minutes!
Environmental Control: Access and Explore
Presenter: Liz Persaud, Training Coordinator, Tools for Life | Georgia Tech
During this talk, Liz Persaud will explore and share the collective role each of us play in promoting student success beyond the educational environment and the powerful role of Assistive Technology (AT). As a professional in the AT community with personal experiences that have structured and informed everyday living, Liz will spend his time with you to reflect back, look forward, and share her incredible life journey along with some valuable lessons learned. Diagnosed at the age of 9 months old with Spinal Muscular Atrophy, Liz was not expected to live beyond the age of 2. Medical advice focused on institutionalization and stated that survival would not include access to education, socialization, and employment. Using hope as a catalyst for survival, Liz has and continues to defy all medical expectations. Now at the age of 37, Liz is a college graduate, married, and recognized on a national level for her work to promote independence and disability awareness through assistive technology. Overcoming every day obstacles by using multiple technological outlets throughout the transition process has provided opportunities for independence through environmental and computer access, travel, successful health management, self-advocacy, socialization and more. Liz will discuss positive outcomes that can occur when universal design and appropriate assistive technology solutions are integrated into the lives of individuals with disabilities. This session will also provide participants with opportunities to explore specific AT strategies and solutions to promote success in the school setting and that can ultimately assist with smooth transitions into the workplace and community.
Presenter: Aimee Copeland, Advocate, Tools for Life Advisory Council Member
As a recent quadruple amputee, this inspirational speaker has seen firsthand the lack of recreational options for people with disabilities and has explored the available options. She will be discussing the evidence supporting the importance of recreational opportunities for children and adolescents with disabilities. Additionally, Aimee will share ideas for including these individuals in fun and rewarding activities. Community groups in Georgia that provide play opportunities for children and adolescents with disabilities will also be highlighted.