ATIA 2022 - Orlando, FL

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Thursday, January 30

A Model for Serving Adults with Complex Communication Needs

Tools for Life has been working in conjunction with the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities to serve Georgians with developmental disabilities who are on the waiting list for Medicaid waivers. Research was conducted on a model for service delivery of AT which focused on improving performance skills important to the individual and upon quality of life. Results of the study will be shared in the context of a series of case studies that will shed light on the challenges that these individuals and their families faces. These experiences have revealed some important lessons that speak to what we do in preparation for Transition. The Tools for Life team will share their insights and lead a discussion of how this study sheds light on possible ways to better serve this population.

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Saturday, February 1

AT and Transition for Students with High Incidence Disabilities

A study of college students with disabilities about whether mastery of AT in high school impacts student performance in post-secondary settings. Responses suggest that college and technical school can be very challenging for even the most successful students with disabilities. However, when GPA from high school is compared with GPA in college, mastery of AT in high school appears to provide students with a significant advantage. The survey reflects the students' own perceptions that AT has played an important role in the college success. Individual comments provide interesting insights into just how valuable their AT has been. The session will include a discussion of what constitutes "mastery" of AT and the implications of the study's findings for transition and K-12.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify two differences between how students with disabilities are supported in high school and college.
  • Describe two fundamental obstacles facing a student with a print disability who comes to college without having used AT.
  • Create at least one implication from this study for high schools regarding preparation of their students with disabilities for higher education.

AT and Transition for Students with High Incidence Disabilities Printable PDF