2006 Preconference Workshops

Pre-Conference Workshops will be offered on Monday, March 20, 2006 and Tuesday, March 21, 2006. These workshops are designed to give in-depth training on specific topics. The registration fee is $249 per Full-Day and $150 per Half-Day, if registered by Tuesday February 14, 2006. After February 14, the registration is $279 per Full-Day and $180 per Half-Day.

Please note: Due to limited seating, you must register for each Pre-Conference Workshop. If the workshop that you select is full, we will notify you and give you an opportunity to select another workshop or be put on the waiting list for your original selection.

All Monday Pre-Conference Workshops will be held at the Marriott Hotel. If checking in on Sunday, March 19th or Monday, March 20th, please come to the "Conference Registration Desk" at the Marriott Hotel only.

RESNA CEU's are available for Pre-Conference Workshops.

Certified Education Units (CEUs) will be available for the conference's 8 Full-Day and 6 Half-Day Pre-Conference Workshops. CEUs will be provided by RESNA, an authorized provider of International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) CEUs. A flat fee of $16 covers all CEU fees for unlimited Pre-Conference Workshops. This fee is payable during the conference at the CEU Station located at the "Speaker/Exhibitor Registration Desk" in the Marriott Hotel.


MONDAY, March 20, 2006 and TUESDAY, MARCH 21, 2006
Choose a Full-Day (6 hours) Workshop or Half-Day (3 hours) Sessions

Come to the Conference early and learn more!

Each Pre-Conference Workshop is identified by the day it is presented and the workshop
number. Example: Monday, Pre-Conference Workshop number 1 is identified as (M-1).


~ Monday, March 20, 2006 ~

Full-Day Workshops, 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Half-Day Workshops, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm and 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm


M-1 Exploring Web Accessibility: A Hands-On Introduction (Full-Day)

M-2 Features and Functionality of Accommodations for the Visually-Impaired (Full-Day)

M-3 AAC for the Non-AAC Professional (Half-Day am)

M-4 Quality Indicators in Living with Technology (Full-Day)

M-5 Accommodations in the Workplace: The How-To Guide For Employment Practices (Half-Day pm)

M-6 Technology Options for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students in Various Settings (Half-Day am)

M-7 Learning Disabilities through the Educational Lifespan: Assessment, Functional Limitations, Appropriate Interventions for Success (Full-Day)


~ Tuesday, March 21, 2006 ~

Full-Day Workshops, 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Half-Day Workshops, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm and 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm


T-1 The Next Generation of Web Accessibility Work (Half-Day am)

T-2 Engaging Students with Significant Multiple Challenges: Light Tech to High Tech (Full-Day)

T-3 U. S. Federal Government Initiatives: Developing a Highly Accessible and Integrated Workplace (Full-Day)

T-4 Overview of Assistive Technology: AT Basics + Conference Guide (Full-Day)

T-5 Independent Living Across All Ages (Half-Day am)

T-6 Planning for the Future: Quality of Life Resources for Caregivers (Half-Day pm)

T-7 The Evaluation Process for Complex Communication Needs (Full-Day)

PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOPS ON MONDAY, MARCH 20, 2006

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Monday, March 20, 2006 ~ 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Room: Chicago/Dallas (PC Computer Lab) - Marriott
Level: Beginner

M-1 Exploring Web Accessibility: A Hands-On Introduction

This workshop guides participants through common Web accessibility issues. Participants will experience Web accessibility problems and solutions using different Web sites, Web browsers, and assistive technologies. This workshop is designed for anyone interested in learning the basics, including: how people with different disabilities interact with the Web; how to use Web browsers and assistive technologies for increased accessibility to the Web; how Web developers can make their Web sites more accessible and how authoring tools can make it easier. Available resources will be provided plus guidelines from the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI). Prerequisites: Some experience using computers and the Web.

Presenter: Shawn Lawton Henry, Web Accessibility Outreach Coordinator, World Wide Web Consortium


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Monday, March 20, 2006 ~ 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Room: Denver - Marriott
Level: Beginner

M-2 Features and Functionality of Accommodations for the Visually Impaired

This workshop presents the features and functionality of accommodations for the visually impaired. It will provide an overview of currently available technologies with demonstrations and hands-on exploration to address all ages and different types of visual disabilities and their accommodations. In addition, attendees will learn the basic difference between speech-integrated enlarged print software versus speech of a screen reader. The session will include comparisons of similar products and focus on the positive and negative aspects of each. By the end of the presentation, attendees will be able to evaluate the effectiveness of each product for a person with a visual impairment in their specific environment (classroom, home and work).

Presenter: Matt Ater, Program Manager for Integrated Concepts and Research Corporation (ICRC).


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Monday, March 20, 2006 ~ 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Room: Imperial A/B - Marriott
Level: Beginner

M-3 AAC for the Non-AAC Professional

This program is designed for the family member, educator, vocational counselor, advocate or anyone interested in the topic of AAC. This comprehensive overview will demonstrate how to augment, support, and compensate for communication abilities that have not developed functionally or resulted from injury, illness or other acquired disorder. The participants will learn the advances in emerging technologies; identify how AAC devices, symbol systems, and/or techniques can enhance the participation of individuals with congenital and/or acquired communication disabilities; describe the long-term outcome of recipients of AAC service; and collaborate in successful strategies to develop and sustain literacy learning by individuals who use AAC. The discussion will emphasize that effective AAC is more a process than a destination.

Presenter: Patricia Ourand, MS, Principal, Associated Speech and Language Services, Inc., Kennedy Krieger Partnership


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Monday, March 20, 2006 ~ 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Room: Imperial C - Marriott
Level: Beginner

M-4 Quality Indicators in Living with Technology

This comprehensive session will explore the eight areas of Quality Indicators for Assistive Technology (QIAT) and help participants select the areas most applicable to their environments. Learn how to work collaboratively to develop initial drafts of quality indicators for your specific AT area of interest. The QIAT provides research-based descriptors of quality AT services in school settings, but not for others (infants, preschoolers, post school adults and elders). The presenters will demonstrate how you can modify QIAT to effectively maximize its applications in family, community and service provision environments across the life spectrum including home-based, community programs & technology centers, vocational rehabilitation, universities, and other adult and elder services.

Presenters: Russ Holland, Program Director, Alliance for Technology Access and
Joy ZabalaDr. , Professional Developer and Consultant, Assistive Technology and Leadership


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Monday, March 20, 2006 ~ 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Room: Imperial D - Marriott
Level: Beginner

M-5 Accommodations in the Workplace: The How-To-Guide for Employment Practices

This presentation will discuss legislative considerations, types of accommodations, the process for determining what accommodations may be needed, and resources to help implementation. The presenters will use case studies, research results, and engage participants in discussions to address the subject of today's workplace including the specific trends of increasing numbers of persons with disabilities and seniors in the workplace. The session will focus on environmental modifications or AT in the workplace to enhance and maximize job performances.

Presenters: Karen Milchus, Co-Director, Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) on Workplace Accommodations, Center for Assistive Technology and Environmental Access and
Sarah Endicott, Research Assistant, Center for Assistive Technology and Environmental Access (CATEA)


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Monday, March 20, 2006 ~ 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Room: Scottsdale - Marriott
Level: Beginner

M-6 Technology Options for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students in Various Settings

This program will explore the use of assistive listening devices in combination with hearing aids or cochlear implants for improved communication and comprehension in educational settings with a focus on remote captioning. Participants will learn the differences between the major assistive listening device systems, understand the strengths and weaknesses of each ALD system, and evaluate how the listening situation and environment will determine which assistive device will be appropriate.

Presenters: Annette Leonard, Outreach Coordinator, Western Region Outreach Center and Consortia (WROCC) and
Sharaine Rawlinson


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Monday, March 20, 2006 ~ 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Room: Imperial E/F - Marriott
Level: Beginner

M-7 Learning Disabilities through the Educational Lifespan: Assessment, Functional Limitations and Appropriate Interventions for Success

This workshop will focus on assessment procedures for identifying learning disabilities throughout the educational lifespan and the utilization of knowledge obtained from the assessment to increase the likelihood of success. Focusing on the impact of a learning disability from educational, social, emotional and vocational perspectives, participants will be introduced to research which identifies six attributes for success. Interventions and compensatory strategies will be analyzed including an emphasis on AT. The final two hours will include an exploration of how Assistive Technology can be used as a compensatory strategy and provide access to technology.

Presenters: Sue Cullen, Assistive Technology Specialist, California State University, Northridge, Center on Disabilities and
Jennifer C. Zvi, Ph.D., Learning Disability Specialist, California State University, Northridge.


PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOPS ON TUESDAY, MARCH 21, 2006

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Tuesday, March 21, 2006 ~ 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Room: Chicago/Dallas (PC Computer Lab) - Marriott
Level: Beginner

T-1 The Next Generation of Web Accessibility Work

This presentation will explore the next generation of Web accessibility work where principles and individuals, rather than techniques, take the center stage. Participants will gain a thorough understanding of how individuals with disabilities access and use the Web through hands-on learning with software tools and assistive technologies. In addition, the presenters will provide a comprehensive overview of existing laws and standards to demonstrate why these standards are not ensuring full access.

Presenters: Jared Smith, M.S., Director of Education Initiatives, Web Accessibility in Mind (WebAIM)
Jonathan B. Whiting, M.S., Training and Website Evaluation Specialist, Web Accessibility in Mind (WebAIM)


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Tuesday, March 21, 2006 ~ 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Room: Denver - Marriott
Level: Beginner

T-2 Engaging Students with Significant Multiple Challenges: Light Tech to High Tech

This workshop will focus on creative and practical strategies to address the issues of children who have severe and/or multiple disabilities and face a combination of learning challenges in areas such as motor, language, communication, social interaction, cognition and sensory processing. The program will provide active discussions on overcoming barriers to learning through a variety of ways including the adaptation of educational and play materials to facilitate learning of cognitive and communication skills and enhancing the overall learning experience of children through control and participation, skill development and access. A valuable hands-on component will be offered.

Presenter: Linda J. Burkhart, Technology Integration Specialist/Private Consultant


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Tuesday, March 21, 2006 ~ 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Room: Scottsdale - Hilton
Level: Intermediate

T-3 U. S. Federal Government Initiatives: Developing a Highly Accessible and Integrated Workplace

Focusing on ways the current and future work of the U.S. federal government will increase employment for people with disabilities in the federal ranks will be addressed in this workshop. The presenters will provide a complete overview of the federal employment lifecycle from recruiting to placement of employees with disabilities. In addition, a comprehensive review of the requirements and best practices in the federal model will highlight policies and programs that work to continuously improve employment processes. Participants will learn about updates in federal legislation and policies to implement real changes in the accessibility of the electronic and information technology environment for people with disabilities, plus initiatives supporting the aging workforce, returning wounded service members and disabled veterans. The objective is to ensure that all participants gain insight into the federal model that may be mapped into their own organization's strategic plans and strategies.

Presenters: Dinah F. B. Cohen, Director, Computer/Electronic Accommodations Program, Department of Defense and
Derek Shields, Program Manager, Computer/Electronic Accommodations Program, Axiom Resource Management, Inc. and
Shanon Terrell-Lindsey


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Tuesday, March 21, 2006 ~ 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Room: La Jolla A - Hilton
Level: Beginner

T-4 Overview of Assistive Technology: AT Basics + Conference Guide

This is the ideal workshop for participants new to assistive technology or first-time attendees to the "Technology and Persons with Disabilities" Conference who are looking for a basic framework and a comprehensive overview. Participants will analyze working definitions of disability and be introduced to the methodology of assistive technology tools and strategies for increasing independence and participation. General types and classifications of AT will be discussed as well as models for aiding consumers in finding the right tools and support for their needs. Each participant will develop a "Road Map" for the Conference, selecting sessions, resources and vendor exhibits that will enhance and build on the basic concepts provided at this program. The presenters will be your "Tour Guides" to successfully maximize your understanding, participation and experience at the Conference.

Presenters: Russ Holland, Program Director, Alliance for Technology Access and
Dr. Joy Zabala, Professional Developer and Consultant, Assistive Technology and Leadership Alliance


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Tuesday, March 21, 2006 ~ 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Room: La Jolla B - Hilton
Level: Intermediate

T-5 Independent Living Across All Ages

This workshop will provide a comprehensive overview of electronic aids to daily living including classification, access methods, features and evaluations. Participants will also have hands-on demonstrations where they will test, compare, and evaluate a wide variety of products including application ideas for all ages and levels of development. A major objective will focus on how participants will be able to utilize assessment strategies to match product features to varying client needs of all types and ages.

Presenter: Michelle L. Lange, Occupational Therapist, Assistive Technology Practitioner, ABDA


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Tuesday, March 21, 2006 ~ 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Room: La Jolla B - Hilton
Level: Intermediate

T-6 Planning for the Future: Quality of Life Resources for Caregivers

This workshop will provide valuable financial and legal resources for caregivers of people with disasbilities and/or various ages. The comprehensive overview will cover the basic elements of planning for the future including living trusts, powers of attorney, HIPPA, plus identifying specific special needs planning. Government benefits, conservatorship, client self-determination and advocacy issues will be discussed. Essential information on different living and care options will assist both the caregiver and the loved one on decisions to improve the quality of life.

Presenter: Helen Kim Bass, Certified Senior Advisor, New England Financial


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Tuesday, March 21, 2006 ~ 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Room: Los Angeles - Hilton
Level: Intermediate

T-7 The Evaluation Process for Complex Communication Needs

This comprehensive program will guide the participants through an overview of electronic augmentative communication devices. An extensive discussion of the evaluation process includes the determination and selection of specific devices, a timeline for implementation, and completion through the evaluation report. The presenter will detail how to narrow the field and differentiate between devices with similar features plus how to identify funding sources and improve your success rate in getting funded.

Presenter: Iris Fishman, Augmentative Communication/Assistive Technology Consultant

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