2004 Conference Proceedings

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Kirk D. Behnke, MEd,ATP
Damien Wimbush
Center on Disabilities/CSUN
18111 Nordhoff St.
Northridge, CA 91330-8340
Phone: (818) 677-2578
Fax:(818) 677-4929
Email: kirk.behnke@csun.edu
Email: damien.wimbush@csun.edu

Come learn about the largest AT Certificate program in that nation! The "Assistive Technology Applications Certificate Program (ATACP)" has been in existence since 1997 and currently has 50 classes of participants to date. We will share the philosophy and learner objectives of this program, as well as the different configurations that will address your needs as a learner along with your time constraints.

The Center on Disabilities at California State University, Northridge (CSUN) is pleased to announce its eighth year of offering the "Assistive Technology Applications Certificate Program (ATACP)." With over 1,900 graduates to date, the ATACP is the largest Assistive Technology (AT) certificate program in the country and offers 100 hours of a wide range of practical AT applications and information.

Our Traditional ATACP training delivery method consists of 52 hours of online, 40 hours of live training and an 8-hour project equaling the 100-hour requirement for a certificate. In 2004, we are offering 2 locations throughout the summer: Arcadia, CA; and Washington, DC. The ATACP "Traditional" equals 52 hours online coursework, then 40 hours of a live training workshop, (pick from 2 locations) and an 8-hour project.

In addition to the Traditional ATACP we have another configuration called ATACP "FastTrax." ATACP "FastTrax" has a different breakdown configuration of 76 hours of on-line instruction, only 16 hours of live training and an 8-hour project equaling the 100-hour requirement to obtain a certificate. The coursework is delivered by completing a portion of the on-line material before the live training and participating in the live training which will be available at the annual ATIA conference on January 13 & 14, and our "Technology and Persons with Disabilities" conference on March 15 and 16, 2003. The remaining on-line instruction and project will need to be completed within 90 days after the last day of the live training.

Both the "Traditional" and "FastTrax" configurations of the ATACP meet the 100 hour requirement for a certificate in Assistive Technology Applications with 10 continuing education units (CEUs) from CSUN's College of Extended Learning and the Center on Disabilities.

Our Approach
In our training workshops you will learn the practical tools and techniques of assistive technology accommodations and applications in meeting the needs of individuals with various disabilities in many settings. In addition to the principles of human needs, environment and tasks, we will address the tools and techniques behind the assistive technology which will enhance the effectiveness of your training experience. We are not here to test your knowledge; we are here to facilitate a training that will aid in increasing your knowledge in the area of AT applications. ATACP participants are encouraged to use the rich ATACP network to raise questions, suggest solutions and provide resources to assist ATACP peers and those they serve throughout the training workshop.

Our Method of Delivery
Our training workshops allow you to participate and gain access to new assistive technologies, both online and live, and we encourage you to share with others on your findings. Attendance is limited in each live training to ensure maximum participation, feedback and personal attention -- early registration is strongly encouraged (approximately 3 months before the live training date). We provide access to a comprehensive on-line curriculum with various modules, case studies, application exercises, articles and web resources in a variety of accessible mediums (HTML, Text, PDF and MP3). You are given a workbook for "easy-to-follow" class presentations during the live training portion of the ATACP. Nationally recognized consultants and trainers facilitate and present the live modules. You will have access to an individual class listserv which will enable you to be connected with other class members and AT providers to continue your educational experience even after the training has ended.

Program Goals and Certificate Objectives
The ATACP is designed to provide a practical approach to the applications of Assistive Technology in meeting the needs of individuals with various disabilities in many settings.

Participants will learn ...

  1. to identify a wide range of applications for Assistive Technology in the home, school, workplace, and community environments
  2. about existing and new Assistive Technologies for people with disabilities including, but not limited to, augmentative and alternative communication, environmental controls, seating and positioning, mobility devices, ergonomics, computer access technology, and technology for people with learning, physical, cognitive, and /or sensory disabilities
  3. to address individual needs through a collaborative team approach and through a national assessment framework
  4. about resources that are available to support Assistive Technology devices and services
  5. to address leadership challenges regarding Assistive Technology implementation and application
  6. to implement practical knowledge from the program into everyday situations or a personal case load

Peer Networking
The Center on Disabilities hosts a listserv and has established an "ATACP Graduate Website." ATACP participants are encouraged to use this rich network to raise questions, suggest solutions, and provide resources to assist ATACP peers and those they serve. The ATACP continues to train and support over 1,800 graduates through this network.

Course Competencies
Below are descriptions of each course module with objectives and competencies. Should you have further questions on course content, please contact us directly.

I. Introduction to Assistive Technologies (8 hours)
This introductory module will cover the potential of assistive technology to enhance the lives of persons with disabilities. Upon completion of this module, participants will be able to:

II. Guiding the Process (16 hours)
This course module addresses assistive technology solutions through a "Fundamental Assessment Process (FAP)" utilizing an inclusive and collaborative team. Upon completion of this module (including case studies), participants will be able to:

III. Leadership Challenges (12 hours)
Assistive Technology is a fairly new field and it is ever changing. Leadership within this field has a tremendous impact on many aspects of Assistive Technology including service delivery, device production, universal design, etc. This on-line module will identify leadership styles, traits and challenges regarding Assistive Technology for the 21st century. Upon completion of this 12-hour on-line Leadership Module, participants will be able to:

IV. Funding and Policy Issues (8 hours) Funding, Legislation and Policy issues are critical in obtaining assistive technology devices and services. Option: You may pick between US or Canadian issues. Upon completion of this 8-hour on-line Funding and Policy Module, participants will be able to:

V. Assistive Technology Applications (24 hours)
Participants will discover through case studies being discussed on-line as well as live how assistive technology can be applied to support a person with a disability to reach their individual goal(s). A wide range of practical applications and a broad scope of assistive technology will be addressed. Upon completion of this live and online module addressing case studies, participants will be able to:

VI. Focus on Specialized Areas (24 hours)
Assistive Technology is a very unique field, covering many aspects of a person's life which include accommodation, environment, disability, goals, age, etc. This module will focus on specific areas of assistive technology and elaborate on individual features of technology, applications thereof, and resources to gain further knowledge even after the training workshop is over. Upon completion of module, participants will be able to:

  1. Obtain information regarding assistive technology services, devices and resources available for persons with learning disabilities and cognitive differences to include:

  2. Obtain information regarding assistive technology services, equipment and resources available for persons with deafness or hearing loss:

  3. Obtain information regarding assistive technology services and equipment available for persons with blindness or visual impairments to include:

  4. Obtain information regarding augmentative and alternative communication to include:

  5. Obtain information regarding computer access to include input, processing and output for all types of disabilities, settings and platforms

  6. Obtain information regarding seating, positioning, mobility and ergonomics to include:

VII. Certificate Project (8 hours)
A practical independent or group project/action plan is required in order to earn the certificate. Participants are encouraged to develop a project/action plan to meet the needs of an individual with a disability and/or their organization. Project/action plan will be developed and approved in consultation with an ATACP Trainer and other ATACP faculty. A written project/action plan is due within 90 days after the live training is complete.

Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center is approved by the Continuing Education Board of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) to provide continuing education activities in speech-language pathology and audiology. This program is offered for up to 3.0 CEUs (Intermediate level; Related area). ASHA CE Provider approval does not imply endorsement of course content, specific products, or clinical procedures. California Speech Language Pathology and Audiology Board: This program meets the qualifications for 3.0 hours of continuing professional development credit for Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists as required by the California Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Board.

Who Should Attend?

Program Requirements
Participants must have: 1) an email account and 2) access to the Internet to complete the on-line curriculum. On-line instructional materials will be available to participants approximately six weeks prior to the live workshop. Eligible participants will be issued a username and password to access these materials at the time they are accepted into the course. For the standard ATACP - the on-line, asynchronous material is to be completed prior to attending the live instruction in order to receive a certificate. For ATACP "FastTrax", a significant portion (approximately 40 hours) of the on-line material needs to be completed prior to the live instruction.

Total Cost
The cost of the program (including University CEUs) is $1,995 US Dollars per person. Cost does not include meals, hotel, or airfare. Those who successfully complete the program earn a certificate from the CSUN College of Extended Learning with 10 Continuing Education Units (CEUs). Payment is due at the time of registration. A special 10% discount is offered if three or more persons from the same organization register at the same time, using the same purchase order, credit card, or check. At the time of acceptance we will process your registration and payment, and simultaneously issue a username and password through email. You will not be issued a username and password until full payment is received. Special Conference Attendance Discounts are available for "FastTrax" participants only. If participants want to attend the corresponding ATIA or CSUN conference, in addition to the two-day ATACP "FastTrax" program, special discounted conference registration rates are available for each conference. They are as follows: ATIA = $300.00 and CSUN = $225.00

Customized Training and Closed Workshops
The Center on Disabilities has contracted with businesses and government agencies to deliver a customized workshop or certificate program. If you have several people (minimum 35) in your organization to train at one time, we can present at your location to deliver a customized training workshop or even a full 100-hour ATACP program. See our website for more details and contact information.

For more information on this program, please contact:

Kirk D. Behnke, M.Ed., ATP
Coordinator of Training, Grants and Contracts
Center on Disabilities, CSUN
18111 Nordhoff Street
Northridge, CA 91330-8340
(818) 677-2578 v/tty/msg
(818) 677-4929 fax

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