I-Ultimate: The IPad as the Multi-Devise and Tool for Students with Visual and Multiple Disabilities: PART 2 - RECORDED

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Title: I-Ultimate: The IPad as the Multi-Device and Tool for Students with Visual and Multiple Disabilities - Part 2 RECORDED

Presented by Dr. Betsy Flener

Description: This two part webinar will provide information to teachers who work with students who have visual impairments and those who also have additional disabilities. Teachers will receive information on how they can use the IPad in working with the multitude and various levels of students they serve. Information will be provided to show how the IPad with various applications (apps) and accessories can be the ultimate multi device. Part 1 of the webinar will address the advantages of the IPad and its built in accessibility; important accessories for students with multiple disabilities and those with physical impairments including teacher made accessories, blue tooth switches and apps for switch use; and apps and accessories to teach cause and effect and visual scanning. Also, this part of the webinar will show apps that enable teachers to make their own interactive books for students with blindness and visual impairment along with the accessories that students can use to access interactive books. Part two of the webinar to be held on October 16thwill show accessories and adaptations that enable the teacher to create choice boards and systems of communication for students with visual and multiple disabilities. Apps which can be used with Bluetooth switches will be demonstrated. Second, applications and accessories that teach early literacy including reading and writing will be demonstrated. Third, applications and accessories for older students with learning disabilities including text to speech and word prediction will be demonstrated. A final part of this webinar will include a listing and demonstration of some wonderful apps for students who possess cortical visual impairment.

Learning Objectives for Part 2: 

  1. Participants will identify two applications which can be used to design choice boards or systems of communication for students who have complex needs.
  2. Participants will identify two applications appropriate for students who are just learning to write.
  3. Participants will identify which application was designed specifically for students with cortical visual impairment.

Background Information about me:  Dr. Betsy Flener received her doctorate at Vanderbilt University in 1992 and has over 25 years of experience in the field of visual impairment and blindness. Prior to working with students with visual impairments, she taught students with cognitive impairments and those with learning disabilities. She has been a teacher, special education director, and regional consultant. She is currently an assistive technology consultant serving 35 school districts.  She has presented nationally on such topics as technology, self-determination and advocacy, septo-optic dysplasia, keyboarding skills, literacy for students with multiple disabilities, and visual impairment and autism.


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