IDEAS 2019 Conference - St. Simons Island, GA

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Wednesday, June 5

AT For Vision Access in Education and Beyond - 9:15-10:15 AM

Description:
This presentation offers low, medium and high tech solutions for visual and non-visual access. The presenter will cover wearable devices, strategies and resources for vision access in Georgia. A variety of AT will be on display and demonstrated during this presentation.

Presenters:
Danny Housley, Assistive Technology Acquisition Manager, Tools for Life | Center for Inclusive Design and Innovation

Resources

Citation: Housley, D. (2019). AT For Vision Access in Education and Beyond. Presented at the Institute Designed for Educating All Students (IDEAS) Conference, St. Simons Island, GA. 2019.


AT and Transition for Students with High Incidence Disabilities - 10:30-11:30 AM

Description:
The National Longitudinal Transition Study (NLTS2) suggested that use of assistive technology (AT) in high school was associated with positive outcomes in terms of graduation, employment and postsecondary participation (Bouck, Maeda, & Flanagan, 2012).

Since then AT has proving to be a staple tool that students with high incidence disabilities are using to achieve success in post-secondary settings. Students who qualify, have access to textbooks in electronic format. Students use computer and tablet-based software to help them read their textbooks and gain comprehension. Others use AT to assist with writing tasks and to organize their approach to studying and completing assignments.

It has been assumed that students who have learned to use these AT tools while still in high school may have a distinct advantage over students who come to college without having experience with these tools. However there is little evidence to confirm this assumption.

This study sought to examine this assumption and to gain insight into how AT use might have changed in the years since NLTS2). We invited 1500 students with disabilities who attended Georgia colleges since 2014 to take part in a survey which explored the following:

  • What percentage of students are coming to college having mastered AT?
  • How successful are these students in college?
  • How does the success of students who come prepared compare to the success level of students who are not prepared?
  • How valuable was AT for these students?

We have reexamined the data from this survey focusing upon students with high incidence disabilities. Their responses suggest that college and technical school can be very challenging for even the most successful students with disabilities. However, when GPA in high school is compared with GPA in college, mastery of AT in high school appears to provide students with high incidence disabilities a significant advantage. The survey reflects the students’ own perceptions that AT has played an important role in their college success. Individual comments provide interesting insights into just how valuable their AT has been.

Learning Objectives:

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

Presenters:
Dr.Ben Satterfield, Research Associate, Tools for Life | Center for Inclusive Design and Innovation
Carolyn Phillips, Director, Tools for Life | Center for Inclusive Design and Innovation

Resources:

Citation: Satterfield, B. & Phillips, D. (2019). AT and Transition for Students with High Incidence Disabilities. Presented at the Institute Designed for Educating All Students (IDEAS) Conference, St. Simons Island, GA. 2019


Let's Talk About Self-Advocacy: Nothing About Us Without Us - 10:30-11:30 AM

Description:
This interactive presentation will cover the barriers faced and strategies used through the lives of two local advocates. Danny and Liz will share their stories of navigating the k-12 system, higher education and access to employment and the community of their choice. Resources for amplifying the voice of Georgians with disabilities will be shared. Come as questions and learn how you can empower yourselves, your students or other people with disabilities.

Presenters:
Liz Persaud, Program and Outreach Coordinator, Tools for Life | Center for Inclusive Design and Innovation
Danny Housley, Assistive Technology Acquisition Manager, Tools for Life | Center for Inclusive Design and Innovation

Resources:

Citation: Persaud, L. & Housley, D. (2019). Let's Talk About Self-Advocacy: Nothing About Us Without Us. Presented at the Institute Designed for Educating All Students (IDEAS) Conference, St. Simons Island, GA. 2019.


Accessible Presentation Styles - 12:45-1:45 PM

Description:
This presentation will cover the basics and beyond of presenting inclusively. We will discuss various types of disabilities and the barriers that participants with disabilities face when attending a presentation. Presentation tips and assistive technologies for more inclusive presentation styles will be covered.

Presenters:
Danny Housley, Assistive Technology Acquisition Manager, Tools for Life | Center for Inclusive Design and Innovation

Resources

  • [[Media: | COMING SOON PDF Presentation]]

Citation: Housley, D. (2019). Accessible Presentation Styles. Presented at the Institute Designed for Educating All Students (IDEAS) Conference, St. Simons Island, GA. 2019.


AT for Hearing Access - 3:15-4:15 PM

Description:
Come explore solutions for people who are Deaf or hard of hearing. This presentation will cover a variety of AT from information access to smart home technologies for people who have a hearing or dual sensory related disability. From solutions built into your phone to customized options, this presentation will assist in guiding a person to resources to increase their independence.

Presenters:
Danny Housley, Assistive Technology Acquisition Manager, Tools for Life | Center for Inclusive Design and Innovation

Resources

Citation: Housley, D. (2019). AT for Hearing Access. Presented at the Institute Designed for Educating All Students (IDEAS) Conference, St. Simons Island, GA. 2019.

Thursday, June 6

"Hey You!" Digital Assistants as Assistive Technology - 12:45-1:45 PM

Description:
This session will dive in to the wide world of digital assistants and how they can be used to increase independence, learning and provide some entertainment. Whether you sue Google, Siri or Alexa there are ways that each of these options can interact with you, your environment and your friends or family

Presenters:
Danny Housley, Assistive Technology Acquisition Manager, Tools for Life | Center for Inclusive Design and Innovation

Resources

Citation: Housley, D. (2019). Hey You! Digital Assistants as Assistive Technology. Presented at the Institute Designed for Educating All Students (IDEAS) Conference, St. Simons Island, GA. 2019.


Tools for Successful Transition: Tools for Life and CIDI Services - 2:00-3:00 PM

Description:
This session will cover the services available from Tools for Life and the Center for Inclusive Design and Innovation. The focus will be on maximizing available resources for successful transition, whether that be to higher education, community access or employment.

Presenters:
Danny Housley, Assistive Technology Acquisition Manager, Tools for Life | Center for Inclusive Design and Innovation

Resources

Citation: Housley, D. (2019). Tools for Successful Transition: Tools for Life and CIDI Services. Presented at the Institute Designed for Educating All Students (IDEAS) Conference, St. Simons Island, GA. 2019.