- Demonstrate a practical understanding of AT, UDL and their respective Frameworks, Guidelines and Resources including: SETT Framework, QIAT Indicators, AT in the IEP, UDL Lesson-Builder, Tools & Strategies for evaluation of student need including WATI, uPAR and WPP.
- Explore and apply effective inclusive instructional design in a virtual educational environment in order to meet the unique needs of every learner.
- Demonstrate ability to access, create and use the Accessible Educational Materials (AEM) services provided privately and through state and federal funding for students with print-based disabilities including: Bookshare, Learning, Ally, Open Education Resources, Accessible Book Collection, AEM Center, captioning tools, image descriptions, document formatting, audio files etc.
- Increase technological knowledge by exploring built-in accessibility tools as well as a wide range of low to high tech tools to support a variety of Learners in accessing the curriculum including: iPads, Chromebooks, Mac & Windows computers, built-in accessibility features, Web-based tools, Google Apps & Add-ons, Chrome apps and extensions, iPad apps, AAC tools, switch interfaces, voice user interfaces, alternative access to devices, remote learning tools, and many others based on the professional interests of the participants.
- Understand State and Federal laws pertaining to Assistive Technology, including considering and evaluating the need for AT devices and services, legal obligations for ensuring access to the general curriculum, and providing accessible educational materials as defined by IDEA, Sections 504 and 508.
- Develop plans for next steps in the implementation of UDL and AT in the classroom/school/district that will further educational equity for students. This includes: Thoughtful Student Assessment, Technology Implementation, Identification of available resources, creation of projects that can be meaningfully applied in the school setting, plans for Professional Development, and ongoing Dissemination of Information.
We believe that adult learners learn best through meaningful hands-on activities and collegial sharing of information in a safe and supportive environment. Information will be delivered to participants through: explicit instruction, hands-on activities, collaborative projects, multimedia and print-based tutorials, interactive videos, models and examples, live and online discussions, twitter chats, active use of online resources for ongoing sharing and discussion throughout the length of the institute and beyond.
Expanding the Professional Learning Network
It takes a collaborative effort to successfully implement AT & UDL & AEM initiatives. The support network needs to expand beyond the four walls of a building to be successful in keeping up with the constant advances in the field. Cross-sharing of resources and online discussions will be encouraged between the two institute groups of participants to expand the AT Professional Learning Community across the state. Participants will also be introduced to the larger national and international AT & UDL communities through participation in the following existing networks: QIAT listserv, UDLExchange, UDL-IRN, #ATCHAT #UDLCHAT, #EDTech, #inclusiveLN, EdtechTeacher, and others. Participants will be encouraged to find their own online support resources specific to their professional role/interests (#STEM, #NTCHAT, Blogs, Websites, listservs, etc.) #ATUDL