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Workshops and Live Stream Events

April 2020

  • Assistive Technology to Increase Independence for Young Adults with Disabilities

    Date: Wednesday, April 8, 2020 — 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM CST
    In this workshop we will explore a wide range of assistive technology that can help young adults with disabilities to increase their independence. Topics covered will include time management, task planning, taking medications, managing money, cooking, transportation, and communicating with others. Device demonstrations will include watches, medication dispensers, electronic magnifiers, and smart speakers (Alexa or Google). We will explore apps for smartphones and tablets that can help you to be more aware of time, keep a list, get reminders, plan a meal, track your money, and find your way. This workshop will also address features that provide support for increased independence for individuals living with vision loss.
  • Assistive Technology and Play in the Natural Environment

    Date: Tuesday, April 14, 2020 — 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM CST
    Play is an essential part of a child’s development. However, young children with disabilities often experience barriers to play. In this workshop, assistive technology tools and strategies will be explored to make play more accessible for young children with disabilities in their natural routines and environments.
  • Working with Culturally or Linguistically Diverse Families in Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education (EI/ECSE)

    Date: Friday, April 17, 2020 — 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM CST
    Cultural liaisons and foreign language interpreters will increase their capacity to collaborate, provide assistance, and communicate to enhance families’ understanding at Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) and Individualized Education Program (IEP) meetings for children ages birth to five.
  • Special Education and the Important Role You Play for Your Child

    Date: Monday, April 27, 2020 — 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM CST
    Parents play an important role in the special education process. Participants in this workshop will learn how parents can use their rights and abilities to advocate for their child and work effectively with the school. This workshop will also provide valuable information for surrogate parents, foster parents and the professions who work with them on behalf of children.

May 2020

  • Educational Apps for Young Children

    Date: Thursday, May 7, 2020 — 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM CST
    Apps have become a large part of learning. Attend this presentation to explore apps and their appropriate use for children with disabilities in early childhood.
  • Executive Function Tools and Strategies for K-12 Students

    Date: Tuesday, May 12, 2020 — 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM CST
    Executive function skills allow a student to successfully plan, focus, follow a schedule, and carry out tasks. Students of all ages and abilities struggle with executive function, which can have a dramatic impact on their ability to be successful in school. This workshop will explore a variety of tools, such as calendars and visual schedules, and strategies to support the needs of the K-12 student.
  • Transition to Employment: Tools to Help You Find a Job

    Date: Wednesday, May 13, 2020 — 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM CST
    Join us to learn about tools that help during a job search. We will explore apps for searching for jobs, writing a resume or letter, and preparing for an interview. We will also explore how to keep track of communications, read with text-to-speech, and write with dictation.
  • A Force for Change: Leveraging Your Family's Experience to Change the Way Your Pediatrician Practices

    Date: Thursday, May 14, 2020 — 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM CST
    Families of children with special needs have a wealth of information to share on what styles of communication work well and what their pediatric providers could do differently to improve the experience for the patient and their family. In this workshop, Dr. Mike Pitt will share several evidence-based strategies for how patients and their families can be empowered to communicate with their providers and ensure they receive patient-centered care.