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Assistive Technology Training Opportunities Technology & Persons with Disabilities Conference March 2001

Kirk Behnke, M.Ed., ATP
Mike Marotta, ATP

With the need for knowledgeable Assistive Technology service providers growing, the Center on Disabilities is proud to announce two exciting training opportunities for 2001: the Assistive Technology Applications Certificate Program (ATACP) and the Symposium Series on Assistive Technology.

Assistive Technology Applications Certificate Program (ATACP)

The proliferation of the Internet and technology is enabling Assistive

Technology Service Providers to access a world of information and provide enhanced services to their consumers. Now entering the fifth year of delivery, the Assistive Technology Applications Certificate Program (ATACP) is proving to be an innovative approach to acquiring PRACTICAL training through a program which combines on-line asynchronous learning, live training and a self directed final project. Once completed, the person obtains a certificate in Assistive Technology Applications and University validation of their skills.

Course Content

In order to receive a certificate in AT applications, various strategies, materials and venues needed to be adapted and developed in order to present a well-rounded training program in all areas of Assistive Technology. The fifty-two hours of on-line instruction were developed for many reasons: 1) to increase the convenience 2) to decrease the amount of structured class time and 3) to set a level playing field for the 40-hour live training. Specific content of the curriculum was transposed from a live training medium into an on-line learning experience through the use of various tools such as general information sharing through use of tech points and case studies, supplemental readings, web research, field trips, and on-line information sharing among fellow participants.

Adult Learning Principles

The program is considered an in-service training for professionals active in the field. In keeping with the PRACTICAL aspect of the course, emphasis is placed on active participation rather than passive learning. There are no tests in the course. Instead, participants complete "Applications Exercises" in order to apply the information presented. Participants can choose from a variety of tasks, which include answering a question regarding the information provided, completing a related field trip experience, or conducting research related to the topics presented.


As part of the 100-hour certificate program and upon completion of both online and live instruction, participants demonstrate course competency through a required final project. Participants draw upon skills and knowledge obtained during both online and live instructional environments. Final projects specifically focus on meeting the needs of individuals with disabilities and/or an organization that serves them.

Some of the specific skills and knowledge participants draw upon include the ability to:

Dates and Locations

Symposium Series on Assistive Technology: Advanced Topics on Specialized Areas of A.T.

Since 1997, the Center on Disabilities has been offering its “Assistive Technology Applications Certificate Program (ATACP)” all over the country and abroad. We have listened to the needs of our 800+ graduates of this program and have developed the “Symposium Series on Assistive Technology.” This program was developed to address the need for more advanced, in-depth training in specific areas of Assistive Technology.

The series of workshops will occur concurrently throughout the week in both locations (Chicago and Philadelphia). Participants will be able to select from a variety of one and two day training workshops, including:

Dates and Locations


Center on Disabilities, CSUN
18111 Nordhoff Street
Northridge, CA 91330-8340
(818) 677-2578 v/tty
(818) 677-4929 fax
email: kirk.behnke@csun.edu,
webpage: www.csun.edu/codtraining

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