Technology Solutions for Accessible Test Experiences
Tuesday, September 25, 2018; 3:00 - 4:00 pm Eastern Time
Kimberly Foy, University of Central Florida
Brad Held, University of Central Florida
Carsen Kipley, University of Arizona
Barbie Lopez, University of Arizona
Kiela Sims, University of Central Florida
Both online and in-person exams can present barriers for students with a wide variety of disabilities. Increasingly, assistive and mainstream technologies that support accommodated testing are available, resulting in a more equitable and independent experiences for students with disabilities and providing answers for disability resource offices and faculty. Join us for a review of AT options for addressing common barriers in the testing environment, including text-to-speech, speech-to-text, online proctoring services, setting extended time in common course management systems, and more.
Assistive Technology to Support Executive Functioning
Tuesday, October 9, 2018; 3:00 - 4:00 pm Eastern Time
Todd Hanson, Groves Academy
Many students with learning and attention-related disabilities experience difficulty starting, maintaining focus, and finishing tasks. Executive function is an umbrella term for cognitive processes that regulate, control, and manage mental skills, such as planning, working memory, attention, problem solving, verbal reasoning, inhibition, mental flexibility, task switching, and initiation and monitoring of actions. In short, executive function allows us to complete tasks quickly and efficiently. When a student struggles in this area, feelings of failure can be multiplied. College students are expected to have executive skills, yet these skills are rarely explicitly taught in the classroom. Using Dr. Thomas Brown's model of executive function, this webinar will explore the processes and tools available to support the areas of activation, focus, effort, emotion, memory, and action. The technologies available to assist individuals with executive functioning range from low-tech to high-tech and are useful over multiple devices and in multiple circumstances.
Free and Low-Cost AT Tools for Higher Ed Students
Tuesday, October 23, 2018; 3:00 -4:00 pm Eastern Time
Rachel Kurzel, ATP, Augsburg University
Assistive Technology is becoming increasingly central in the accommodations we provide to students in higher education each year. As a result of the continued technology boom, especially around built-in and low-cost tools to support people with disabilities, it can be challenging to stay on top of all the tools available on the market. Attendees of this webinar will learn about approximately a dozen of the latest and greatest free and low-cost programs, apps, extensions, and other tools that can support all learners, including students with disabilities on campus. Topic areas will include literacy support, writing support, notetaking, organization/task/time management, and sensory disabilities.
Web Accessibility: Institutional Benchmarking and Planning
Tuesday, November 27, 2018; 3:00 - 4:00 pm Eastern Time
Cyndi Rowland, Ph.D., Director WebAIM; Utah State University
Increasingly, colleges and universities are recognizing the importance of putting efforts behind Web accessibility initiatives and focusing on the work. To support their efforts in strategically planning new efforts, self-study, and continuous improvement of existing efforts, the National Center on Disability and Educational (NCDE) has developed Indicators for Institutional Web Accessibility. The document includes indicators, benchmarks, and statements of evidence. Join the Director of WebAIM for a review of this guiding information and the freely available tool available to help track progress over time. This NCDE’s system of continuous improvement is often accepted by regional accreditation commissions as evidence of a plan and the reaffirmation process.
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