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Introduction to Assistive Technology from a Remote Perspective

Saturday, July 18, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM (PDT)


This workshop is an introduction to what assistive technology is for those new to the field or those that are looking for a general foundation of the field of assistive technology. With so much of our work, school, and social lives occurring remotely, this workshop will also address making tasks easier and more accessible, at a distance.

Participants will gain an understanding of the AT used for a variety of tasks and disabilities, the importance of assessment, and strategies on how to connect the right technology to the person to accomplish a specific task. Participants will also learn about the different types of AT for different populations, and review the many AT resources and information on more learning opportunities. Topic areas include wheelchairs and switches, AAC (Augmentative & Alternative Communication), screen readers, text-to-speech and speech-to-text, captioning and video relay, and mobile and tablet technologies.

Participants Will:

  1. Learn what is Assistive Technology
  2. Understand the importance of assessments
  3. Have a general understanding of assessment tools for in-person assessments and assessments done remotely
  4. Have a general knowledge of types of AT for populations and/or for task
  5. Have a general knowledge of AT that can be leveraged when work, school, or daily tasks must be done remotely
  6. Receive an overview of resources available in the AT field

Presented by Patrice Wheeler, Assistive Technology Specialist at CSUN

Patrice Wheeler has been an Assistive Technology Specialist at the community college and university levels since 1998. Her background is in education with an emphasis in Special Ed. She has earned a CSUN ATACP (Assistive Technology Applications Certificate Program) and is a RESNA ATP (Assistive Technology Professional). Patrice has experience in training students, faculty & staff on assistive technology, creating accessible formats for academic materials, and collaborating with campus IT for campus-wide access to assistive technology, and is always on the lookout for new and emerging technology or strategies that promote student success both academically and professionally.

Additional Details

  • Remote Workshop Date: Saturday, July 18, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM (PDT)
  • Registration Fee: $75
  • Registration Opens: Starting June 29, 2020
  • Registration Deadline: Thursday, July 16 (3:00 PM PDT)

To participate, individuals must have access to a web browser to launch the webinar and audio speakers. Each participant must register individually. All registered participants will receive instructions with a password to enter the workshop, via email, immediately prior to the start of the training. Be sure to check spam folders. For any additional information or if you have questions, please email the Center on Disabilities.