Location: Ocotillo C

AAC Adventures: Fun and Functionality with PRC-Saltillo Devices

Participants will embark on a journey through the functionalities of PRC-Saltillo’s AAC devices, delving into their capabilities for enhancing communication, literacy, and social interaction in educational settings. Through interactive demonstrations and guided activities, attendees will learn to leverage the power of these devices to create engaging learning experiences for students of all abilities. From exploring eye tracking and head tracking settings to harnessing the potential of assistive touch in iOS, participants will gain practical skills for optimizing access and usability for AAC users. By the end of the workshop, attendees will leave equipped with a repertoire of strategies and resources to maximize the potential of PRC-Saltillo’s AAC devices in educational and therapeutic settings, fostering both communication growth and enjoyment for students.

Key Learning Outcomes

Explore the versatile features of PRC-Saltillo’s AAC devices, including Accent, NovaChat, and Via, to enhance communication and engagement.

1) Learn innovative ways to integrate AAC devices into classroom activities, leveraging their capabilities to support language learning and social interaction.

2) Gain hands-on experience in customizing communication boards and visual supports using the intuitive interfaces of Accent, NovaChat, and Via devices.

3) Discover creative strategies for modifying games and activities from the AAC Language Lab to suit students across different language levels and systems, leveraging the unique features of PRC-Saltillo’s devices.

Technology for All: Learn How Alexa Is Helping Self-Advocates Gain Independence

For the last year, I have been training people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities to use technology. People are using Alexa and Siri and Google to remind them of doctor’s and other appointments, listen to music, setting up calendars, using the maps to find and get to places, doing grocery lists, reading their email and text messages and even feeling less lonely through interaction with Alexa and Siri.

There are a lot of recent research articles and task force reports on how states are implementing enabling technology to greatly benefit people in Waiver programs. I am working with Tennessee training people and with Georgia studying their current initiatives.

Some of the recent journal articles are:
Chadwick, 2023. “I would be lost without it but it’s not the same,” experiences of adults with intellectual disabilities of using information & communication technology during the COVID‐19 global pandemic. British Journal of Learning Disabilities. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/pdf/10.1111/bld.12522

Donehower, 2022. Using Wireless Technology to Support Social Connectedness in Individuals With Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: A Focus Group Study.

Tanis, 7/2021. Anchor Report: Advancing Technology Access for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Perspectives from Intellectual and Developmental Disability Service Providers Across the Nation.

Key Learning Outcomes

Participants will learn how to :
1. use Alexa for Zoom, and operating home devices like lights, temperature.
2. get help with reading, set calendars, and reminders.
3. make calls to friends and family over Alexa.

Makers Making Change AZ Chapter

Makers Making Change events are based around project-based learning and connecting engineers and makers with AT users and AT professionals in the community, making them a perfect fit for an alternative at service delivery format. “It was a match made in heaven,” explains Jane. “We’re always trying to create opportunities for students at our school to give back to the community.” She noted that one student had mentioned they were inspired by the event to explore careers involving using engineering to improve life situations for persons with disabilities.

Key Learning Outcomes

1. Understand what the Neil Squire Society is and MMC.
2. Define Maker, Crowdsourcing, and Open-Source AT.
3. Identify AT Maker Resources in Arizona.
4. Identify 5 3D printed tools from Makers Making Change

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