Webinar: The Latest Updates in Assistive Technology for Youth in Transition

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This event is being offered to Maine VR Counselors who work with students in Transition Planning.

Program Description

Recorded: November 9, 2016 – Transition from high school to college is a significant and critical time in a student’s life and educational career. This informative session will inform participants of process, strategies, technology and resources to help ensure that the transition is a successful one! Many students are not aware of the various accommodations provided in college and how to access them. Learn about the different assistive technology & supportive accommodation options for students in high school and college.  Free and low-cost/ high quality AT options versus paid AT options will be explored and demonstrated. We will discuss the process for acquiring Accessible Educational Materials (Textbooks and handouts in digital accessible formats), alternative text and technologies to utilize the AEM Materials. Discuss the importance of self-advocacy and awareness skills, communication with professors and instructors, meeting with counselors, confidentiality, questions and paperwork involved. Learn the difference between high school and post- secondary laws for students with disabilities. We will discuss parent involvement and student independence as an adult, as well as parent and student rights in high school versus college. Knowledge on how to seek accommodations in college including: when to start; what to ask for, who to contact, and what documentation colleges require. Learn about the admission process versus the process for registering with the Disabilities Services Office on campus and how to access and use your accommodations. Information regarding the acquisition of accessible versions of textbooks will also be shared (as this differs from the high school process).  Assistive technology and app options will be demonstrated including literacy support, note taking support, executive function support, and support for sensory and physical disabilities, on various devices and platforms. Campus wide resources such as math and writing support and specific tutoring & mentoring resources will be shared. This information is incredibly helpful for AT service providers, high school students, parents, transition coordinators, Vocational Rehabilitation counselors, school counselors/ advisors, high school educators & special educators.  Many resources will be shared for participants to refer back to and use immediately.


Diana Petschauer, M.Ed., ATP is a RESNA certified Assistive Technology Professional & founder of AT for Education, ATforED.com, and Access4Employment. Diana has over 20 years of experience in Special Education & Assistive Technology, PreK-12, Post-secondary & adult services. She presents nationally & internationally including at conferences such as FETC, ATCNE, Closing the Gap, CSUN, ACTEM, ATIA & ARATA. Diana is a faculty trainer for the Center on Technology and Disability (ctdinstitute.org) as well as ATinNH at the UNH Institute on Disability. Diana manages her multi-disciplinary team of consultants who provide AT & AAC evaluations, training, consultation & accessibility services for students and adults to access education, the workplace & community. Consultation and services regarding website testing/audits, 508 compliance and accessible design is also provided.


Link to video archive of this webinar – requires Flash