CSUN 2015

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2015 CSUN Conference in San Diego, CA

March 2 to March 7, 2015

ICT: Transferring Knowledge into Practice


Dr. Christopher Lee, Director of AMAC Accessibility Solutions and Research Center at Georgia Tech

Carolyn Phillips, Director of Tools for Life, The Georgia Assistive Technology Program

Session Description:

Individuals with disabilities often encounter barriers in accessing electronic information and using digital technologies. The knowledge base continues to grow in the area of information and communication technology (ICT) accessibility design, however, there remains a gap from this knowledge to practice. Georgia Tech’s AMAC has developed various approaches to move ICT knowledge into practice. In this session, we will explore these approaches, our successes and lessons learned along the way.

This session will explore how creating AccessGA and an Information and Communication Technology Accessibility Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) has created a domino effect for accessibility awareness and practice. As a result of these initiatives, there have been even more positive steps toward enhancing websites and applications to work well with text-to-speech and other accessibility-related software products.

Here's Hope: Assistive Technology Supporting Positive Mental Health

Presenters: Curt Johnson, University of Washington

Carolyn Phillips, Director of Tools for Life, Tools for Life/ GaTech

Cinda Johnson, Associate Professor and Program Director, Special Education, Seattle University

Maria Kelley, AT Specialist/ OTR, ATP, University of Washington/ WATAP

Session Description:

Assistive technology can be used as an innovative way to provide support for individuals with mental health issues. Use of AT is an emerging mental health treatment field which in many cases improves the accessibility, effectiveness and affordability of mental health care. Assistive technology is making significant strides in helping people living with mental health disorders. Applications on mobile devices are tracking emotions, lifestyle changes, providing therapeutic activity and supplementing traditional therapies. Personal use of electronic devices and associated Apps are helping individuals manage these issues, remain productive and increase independence. This session will discuss and review AT in educational planning, implementation and reporting. These will include a range of AT from digital cameras, use of telepresence, tablets, apps, text to speech and word prediction. In addition, an AT approach for recognizing and helping people stay off the "FAST" (Frustration or Fatigue, Anxiety, Stress and Tension) Track will be shared. Information will be shared concerning device use, low tech solutions, software applications, new technology and supporting accommodations. Use of AT in the workplace and classroom will cover specific applications to maintain accuracy and productivity. Discussion of ADL’s, home independence and monitoring will be included.