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NEAT Member ATVentures: NEAT Members ONLY!

We’re changing it up for Member ATventures this year and we truly believe you will be thrilled with the new setup.  We will be conducting a series of 1-hour webinars focused on specific areas of AAC and AT. We hope this will allow NEAT Members to focus on one area of content at a time with a NEAT AT Specialist. Below you’ll see a list of designated topics and dates. These lunch and learn sessions will be webinar based with an end of the year, in-person PD celebration. You don’t want to miss these!

 


Date: Wednesday, January 9, 2018 (12:00pm – 1:00pm) 

Presenter:  Steve Famiglietti

Webinar Title: New products from HIMS Inc.. Q Braille and more!

Description: Join Steve for an overview of some exciting new products from HIMS, Inc.; a company known for its innovative low vision and blindness technology supports. The Q Braille offers a great new way for those who use Braille displays to also have access to Windows and iOS shortcuts within their device and allows them to interact seamless through one device.  There will also be an exploration of a product called Taptilo.  The Taptillo offers an exciting way for students and teachers to learn Braille.   

Fee:  FREE for NEAT Members ONLY 

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Date: Tuesday, February 26, 2019 (12:00pm – 1:00pm) 

Presenter:  Elena Fader

Webinar Title: Fun and Functional Uses of Boardmaker Online 

Description: Mayer-Johnson’s Boardmaker software has been a go-to resource in special education for years.  The switch to Boardmaker Online has brought with it a slew innovative features that can help service providers support their students and clients more efficiently and effectively.  NEAT’s AAC specialist will highlight these features and demonstrate ways that the program can be used to create symbol supported materials for the classroom.  She will also explore creative applications for using the program beyond the school setting, and will describe strategies for connecting the software with popular Tobii Dynavox AAC systems.  

Fee:  FREE for NEAT Members ONLY 

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Date: Tuesday, April 3, 2019 (12:00pm – 1:00pm)

Presenter:  Adam Kosakowski

Webinar Title: Game On!  A Guide to Using the Xbox Adaptive Controller to Meet your Gaming Needs

Description: Are you or a loved one a gamer with physical disabilities who wants to play videogames? Or, maybe you or someone you know used to game, but now needs help getting back into the game?

It is possible that the biggest thing you need is the right controller set up! Luckily, Microsoft has made it easier than ever to overcome this challenge with their Xbox Adaptive Controller. Join Adam in this webinar as he introduces this controller, how it works, and how to set it up to play with your favorite games.

Fee:  FREE for NEAT Members ONLY

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Date: Tuesday, April 16, 2019 (12:00pm – 1:00pm) 

Presenter:  Kris Thompson

Webinar Title: SpeakSee and the Latest Smart Technology for Individuals Who Are Hearing Impaired

Description: Kris will give an overview of SpeakSee which utilizes small clip-on microphones to capture the speech in conversations and transcribes it into text on the smartphone, in real time. Other smart technology solutions will be covered as well.

Fee:  FREE for NEAT Members ONLY 

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Date: Tuesday, May 7, 2019 (1:00pm – 4:00pm) 

Presenters:  NEAT Staff

Location:  The NEAT Center at Oak Hill, 33 Coventry St. Hartford, CT 06112 

Workshop Title (in-person): Celebrating AT with NEAT Member ATventures!

Description: This Member ATventure will be done as in an in-person training at the NEAT Center in Hartford, CT so that professionals and members can network and connect about case studies, share experiences and ask questions regarding assistive technology. 

NEAT AT Specialists will be prepared and excited to show attendees the hottest trends and latest tools in assistive technology available for individuals of all ages and disabilities. This workshop will include different topics within the assistive technology continuum such as, but not limited to, education, workplace, ergonomics and access, communication, smart home, etc.

Fee:  FREE for NEAT Members ONLY

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NEAT Webinars

Date: Wednesday, February 27, 2019 (12:00pm – 1:00pm) 

Presenter:  Kris Thompson

Webinar TitleExploring the 5 Main Access Points for Smart Home Control 

Description: In this 1-hour webinar, the presenter will give an overview of utilizing speech, touch, head movement, switch & eye control to command things such as home lighting, music, television, thermostat and Amazon Alexa. 

Fee:  NEAT Members:  $35      Non-Members: $40 

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Date: Wednesday, March 6, 2019 (12:00pm – 1:00pm)

Presenter:  Adam Kosakowski 

Webinar Title: Accessible Documents:  A Guide to Creating Accessible Word and Google Documents, and Basic PDFs

Description: When creating documents for your audience, do you take into account that about one in five Americans have disabilities? (2010 US Census) Depending on the disability and its impact, having a document be accessible can be the determining factor whether someone can read it or not. Think about readers with dyslexia, those who are blind and access documents with screen readers, these readers need document authors who think carefully about how they’re creating documents.

Luckily, creating basic documents and making them accessible is easy, if you know the ins and outs! This webinar will teach the basics of creating accessible Word documents and the skills you learn will be transferable to other word processors, like Google Docs. You will also learn how to take these accessible documents and save them as accessible PDFs. After this webinar you’ll be able to hit the ground running and start creating accessible documents.

Join us in this webinar, as we provide an overview of our services including the benefits of a NEAT Membership.

Fee:  NEAT Members:  $35      Non-Members: $40

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Date: Tuesday, April 9, 2019 (12:00pm – 1:00pm) 

Presenter:  Elena Fader 

Webinar Title: A Team Approach to AAC Feature Matching 

Description: The range of AAC apps and devices available on the market today can be confusing and overwhelming.  How do you know which systems to consider, compare, and trial?  Team collaboration, a needs assessment, and a comprehensive feature matching process can help set an individual on the right path for AAC success.   This webinar will describe important AAC features that can support needs related to such domains as vision, behaviors, and physical access.  The presenter will highlight popular AAC systems that contain the noted features to help teams save time as they begin the evaluation process. 

Fee:  NEAT Members:  $35      Non-Members: $40 

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Date: Wednesday, April 10, 2019 (12:00pm – 1:00pm) 

Presenter:  Jamie Martin

Webinar Title: App Smashing for Reading, Writing, and Note Taking 

Description: The iPad has steadily improved as an assistive technology tool for students with learning disabilities. The built-in accessibility of iOS includes text-to-speech, dictation, and word prediction that can help students with reading and writing. In addition, there are many AT-related apps that can be used to make language-based activities easier. Since many apps have single or limited functions, the challenge is figuring out how to combine apps in order to complete multi-step or complex tasks in school. The practice of combining apps into workflows has become known colloquially as “app smashing.” This webinar will focus on various app workflows that LD students can use to complete various assignments. Attention will be given to schoolwork involving reading, writing, and note taking. 

Learning Objectives
Participants will

A) Identify 3 built-in accessibility features of iOS that can be helpful to students with learning disabilities. 

B) Identify 4 app workflows that can help LD students with reading comprehension and fluency. 

C) Identify 2 app workflows that can help LD students write essays and research reports. 

D) Identify 2 app workflows that can help LD students with note taking. 

Fee:  NEAT Members:  $35      Non-Members: $40

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Date: Thursday, May 2, 2019 (12:00pm – 1:00pm)

Presenter: Nicole Feeney

Webinar Title: Learn more about The NEAT Center at Oak Hill Services and Membership

Description: The NEAT Center at Oak Hill focuses on empowering individuals of all ages and abilities through the use of Assistive Technology supports and services. Assistive Technology refers to devices and services that are used to increase, maintain or improve a person’s ability to function in any aspect of their life. This includes but is not limited to: communication, learning, productivity, mobility, and independence. 

Join us in this webinar, as we provide an overview of our services including the benefits of a NEAT Membership. 

Fee: FREE for All

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NEAT Workshops

Date: Wednesday, January 23, 2019 (3 hrs., 9:00am – 12:00pm) 

Presenter:  Elena Fader

Location:  The NEAT Center at Oak Hill, 33 Coventry St. Hartford, CT 06112 

Workshop Title: Connecting Core Vocabulary to Curriculum Content 

Description: Classrooms in K-12 settings are all inherently unique, yet they all share the common theme of focusing on specific, academic content areas.  The world of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) designates that core vocabulary should be the common theme for AAC users within their classrooms.  How can these two separate, yet related, “common themes” connect together to truly make curriculums relevant and accessible to diverse learners of all abilities?  The presenters pose an answer to this challenging question by showing educators and support staff personnel a systematic strategy for viewing existing lesson plans in a new, language-based light.   By referencing the extensive free, research-based resources that already exist in the field and discussing ways to naturally incorporate components of them into the classroom setting, the presenters pose a “lesson plan shift” that accounts for the use of core vocabulary right from the beginning of the lesson preparation process.  

Learning Objectives:

Participants will: 

A) Identify at least two online free resources that can be used to embed core vocabulary within lesson plans. 

B) Discuss at least two strategies that can be helpful for linking core vocabulary with existing curricula. 

C) Develop one take-home, research-based plan for systematically implementing a “lesson plan shift.” 

Fee:  NEAT Members: $75       Non-Members: $100

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Date: Wednesday, February 13, 2019 (6 hrs., 9:00am – 3:00pm) 

Presenter:  Jamie Martin

Location:  The NEAT Center at Oak Hill, 33 Coventry St. Hartford, CT 06112

Workshop Title: Postcards from the Cutting Edge: A Road Trip of Assistive Technology for LD Students

Description: Jamie Martin invites you to take a fantasy road trip across the United States. Your journey will take you from Seattle, Washington to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Along the way, you’ll make stops at some of the country’s most famous landmarks and explore assistive technology tools that have proven invaluable to the academic success of students with learning disabilities. Jamie will be your tour guide as you learn about dictation technology, word prediction, text-to-speech, electronic graphic organizers, and more. This could be the most important adventure of your life! 

Learning Objectives: 

Participants will: 

A) Identify 3 computing platforms on which students with learning disabilities can utilize assistive technology. 

B) Identify 7 iPad tools that address the academic difficulties of students with learning disabilities. 

C) Identify 6 Chrome tools that address the academic difficulties of students with learning disabilities. 

D) Identify 9 desktop and web-based tools that address the academic difficulties of students with learning disabilities. 

Fee:  NEAT Members: $75       Non-Members: $100

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