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Organizations

  1. AAC TechConnect
    The purpose of AAC TechConnect is to simplify augmentative communication evaluations with toolkits, online resources, and workshops. Free resources on the AAC TechConnect website include a listing of new AAC devices; contact information for all major AAC manufacturers; and product information on nearly 100 AAC devices, with links to downloadable manufacturers' flyers. Fee for service resources include Device Assistant, a search tool for AAC devices based on features of nearly 100 devices, providing a side-by-side comparison; Lite Tech Low Cost, an AAC chart of low-cost equipment (less than $1500 US), including both non-voice and voice output communication tools and devices; ACE - Evaluation Toolkit, a list of tools for AAC evaluation; ACE - Evaluation Assistant, with premade materials and overlays to assist in AAC evaluations for a variety of language levels on a popular communication software application; Paperwork Assistant to help with the AAC evaluation process and paperwork; and training sessions on AAC Simplified: Overview and Evaluation Tools. AAC TechConnect is currently a project of the AAC-RERC, a collaborative research group dedicated to the development of effective AAC technology. [More Information on AAC TechConnect]

  2. Anne McDonald Centre
    The Anne McDonald Centre provides services to people who are unable to talk, or to talk clearly, as a result of conditions such as cerebral palsy, strokes, acquired brain damage, autism, Down syndrome, or intellectual impairment - anyone whose speech is not clear enough, fluent enough or reliable enough to allow them to get across everything they want to say. The Anne McDonald Centre used to be called DEAL, standing for Dignity, Education, Advocacy and Language. When DEAL opened in 1986 it was the first centre in Australia solely devoted to the needs of people with little or no intelligible speech. [More Information on Anne McDonald Centre]

  3. AT in Action
    AT in Action is an assistive technology awareness series on YouTube produced by the Family Center on Technology and Disability (FCTD) and the PACER Center. The series comprises fully captioned videos that highlight the use of AT devices that help individuals with disabilities participate in school, at home and in the community. [More Information on AT in Action]

  4. Barkley Memorial Center
    The Barkley Memorial Center is a research center at the University of Nebraska Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders. Research and special projects at the Barkley Memorial Center include the Speech Production Lab; the Center for At-Risk Children's Services; the Fluency Center; the Augmentative and Alternative Communication Center; the Paraeducator Self Study Project; Project Re-Entry - Preparing Speech-Language Pathologists to Serve Students with Traumatic Brain Injury; Project NETS for Secondary Education Transition Specialists; and a project on Safe and Responsive Schools. [More Information on Barkley Memorial Center]

  5. Center for Assistive Technology, University at Buffalo
    The Center for Assistive Technology, housed within the School of Public Health and Health Professions at the University at Buffalo, conducts research, education and service to increase knowledge about assistive devices for persons with disabilities. The Center works in four related areas: Research, Development, Transfer, and Commercialization of advanced technologies and assistive devices; Education Programs for professionals, students, and consumers; Client Assessment & Training Services in computer access for education & employment; Dissemination of best practices and information about assistive technology devices and services. [More Information on Center for Assistive Technology, University at Buffalo]

  6. Council for Exceptional Children
    The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) is the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving the educational success of individuals with disabilities and/or gifts and talents. CEC advocates for appropriate governmental policies, sets professional standards, provides professional development, advocates for individuals with exceptionalities, and helps professionals obtain conditions and resources necessary for effective professional practice. [More Information on Council for Exceptional Children]

  7. Down Country
    Down Country is an organization for individuals concerned with issues related to Down Syndrome and other medical and educational abilities and disabilities. It is dedicated to helping provide training and promoting positive awareness for individuals of all disabilities and abilities. Down Country focuses on facilitating education and specialized training on Down Syndrome and other abilities/disabilities for teachers, therapists, administrators, doctors, nurses, support staff, families in rural communities. [More Information on Down Country]

  8. Family Center on Technology and Disability (FCTD)
    The Family Center is a resource designed to support organizations and programs that work with families of children and youth with disabilities. The organization offers a range of information and services on the subject of assistive technologies. Resources include the AT Resources CD Rom; the FCTD Online Conference Series where every other month nationally recognized experts lead month-long online discussions on a range of AT topics; monthly newsletters; the Resource Review Database, a fully-searchable database containing hundreds of reviews of books, articles, research and other materials of interest and utility to families of children with disabilities; and a Member Database with nformation on more than 1,200 disability organizations searchable by state, type of organization, and target disability. [More Information on Family Center on Technology and Disability (FCTD) ]

  9. Helen A. Kellar Institute for Human disAbilities, George Mason University
    The Kellar Institute for Human DisAbilities is an interdisciplinary campus-based organization that focuses on improving the lives and productivity of persons with disabilities. KIHd combines the resources of George Mason with local, state, regional, national, public, and private sector agencies and organizations to develop products, services, and programs for persons with disabilities. The Institute's assistive technology program offers training through an undergraduate minor in AT, a graduate AT Certificate, and both Masters and Doctorate degrees specializing in assistive technology. Coursework for the programs is offered year-round and incorporates face-to-face, distance education, and combined formats. Summer institutes and on-line options are available for those who are outside the Northern Virginia area. KIHD is a part of the College of Education and Human Development at George Mason University. [More Information on Helen A. Kellar Institute for Human disAbilities, George Mason University]

  10. Institute for Human Development, Northern Arizona University
    As the Arizona University Center on Disabilities, the IHD is responsible for the development and implementation of six essential core program areas: Interdisciplinary Preservice Training; Outreach Inservice Training; Technical Assistance; Direct Services; Dissemination; and Research. There are useful publications, project information, products, employment and other information information on IHD programs, services and research. [More Information on Institute for Human Development, Northern Arizona University]

  11. Mada (Qatar Assistive Technology Center)
    Mada is a non-profit organization based in Doha, Qatar that is committed to connecting people with disabilities to Information and Communication Technology (ICT) as a way of fostering greater equity and empowerment, and creating public awareness around best practices in assistive technology. As a public private partnership, Mada is a collaborative effort between key ICT industry partners, disability service providers and different governmental bodies. Mada is committed to providing solutions that are based on impartial expert advice and assessment to ensure best practices in ICT-related assistive technologies, including the provision of information and training for people with disabilities, parents, and professionals. At the heart of Mada will be a state-of-the-art Resource Centre in Doha that will feature interactive environments for the visually impaired, hearing impaired, learning disabled, and people with physical disabilities, with an information resource library highlighting the latest developments and best practices in the field of assistive technology. [More Information on Mada (Qatar Assistive Technology Center)]

  12. Specialized Mobility Operations and Innovation
    Specialized Mobility Operations & Innovations (SMOI) is a company that promotes education and provision of appropriate mobility solutions for people with disabilities. The company provides Mobility Assistive Technology (MAT) services by focusing on two primary areas: the MAT Service Provision Centre and education for rehabilitation professionals. [More Information on Specialized Mobility Operations and Innovation]

  13. Spectrum Training Systems Inc.
    Spectrum Training Systems, Inc. educates parents, teachers, therapists and individuals who work directly with anyone affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Spectrum offers its services primarily in the Midwestern United States. [More Information on Spectrum Training Systems Inc.]

  14. Stout Vocational Rehabilitation Institute – Online Training
    The Stout Vocational Rehabilitation Institute (SVRI), located at the University of Wisconsin-Stout, offers online training opportunities for professionals working in vocational rehabilitation and related fields. While still being accessible to individuals with disabilities, the online courses frequently include video, audio, and interactive tutorials to engage learners on a different level and appeal to multiple learning styles. Asynchronous written discussions facilitated by qualified professionals provide opportunities for practitioners to share their valuable work experiences with each other. Activities are relevant to practitioners wanting to advance their skills. Course activities are asynchronous, meaning that they can be completed 24/7 as long as they are submitted by the due date. [More Information on Stout Vocational Rehabilitation Institute – Online Training]

  15. Viscardi Center
    The Viscardi Center is a non-profit agency dedicated to empowering people with disabilities to be active, independent, and self sufficient participants in our society. Through education, training, research, leadership, and example, the Viscardi Center seeks to provide the highest quality services and to influence national attitudes, policies, and legislation. [More Information on Viscardi Center]

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  1. 2014 Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Convention & Expo
    April 9, 2014 to April 12, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
    Thousands of special education teachers, administrators, researchers, professors and students from around the world will discuss pressing issues and share information in areas such as Common Core State Standards, administration, autism, co-teaching and collaboration, emotional and behavior disorders, instructional strategies for math, reading, and science, policy, technology and response to intervention. The CEC Convention & Expo offers hundreds of educational sessions conducted by leading experts and endless opportunities to network with others working with children and youth with exceptionalities and their families. Attendees will also have the opportunity to learn about new and pending legislation and explore cutting-edge products and services in the exhibit hall. [More Information on 2014 Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Convention & Expo]

  2. RehabTech Asia
    February 27, 2013 to March 1, 2013 in Singapore, Singapore
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  3. First Indian Seating and Mobility Symposium
    November 3, 2012 to November 4, 2012 in New Delhi, India
    The 1st Indian Seating and Mobility Symposium (ISMS) will address the need for good clinical practice in the field of mobility service provision, through the dissemination of evidence-based research and best practices in the field. The ISMS will educate users and rehabilitation professionals and feature world leaders in the field of rehabilitation sciences. [More Information on First Indian Seating and Mobility Symposium]

  4. 2012 Closing The Gap: 30th Annual Conference
    October 17, 2012 to October 19, 2012 in Bloomington, Minnesota, United States
    The Thirtieth Annual Closing the Gap conference builds on a tradition of providing a comprehensive examination of the most current uses of technology by persons with disabilities and the professionals who work with them. Topics will cover a broad spectrum of technology as it is being applied to all disabilities and age groups in education, rehabilitation, vocation and independent living. Preconference workshops will be held October 15 and 16, 2012. [More Information on 2012 Closing The Gap: 30th Annual Conference]

  5. 2012 Council for Exceptional Children Convention and Expo
    April 11, 2012 to April 14, 2012 in Denver, Colorado, United States
    The 2012 Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Convention and Expo is one of the largest professional gatherings of the special education community. Attendees will include special educators and early interventionists, general educators working closely with special educators, researchers, psychologist and diagnosticians, administrators and supervisors, parents, and others with a keen interest in special, early, and gifted education. The event will offer hundreds of educational sessions in a variety of formats to meet learner’s needs. Topics will include, teacher effectiveness, evidence-based instructional strategies, response to intervention, universal design learning, autism, restraints and seclusion, and mental health. [More Information on 2012 Council for Exceptional Children Convention and Expo]

  6. ATIA Orlando 2011 Conference and Exhibition
    January 26, 2011 to January 29, 2011 in Orlando, Florida, United States
    ATIA Orlando 2011 once again will serve as a leading forum for the assistive technology community to participate in presentations and discussions about new technology, practical applications, and services. Segments of the assistive technology industry (Augmentative and Alternative Communication; Blindness; Computer Access; Curriculum Adaptations; Deaf and Hard of Hearing; Electronic Aids to Daily Living; Games and Recreation; Learning Disabilities/Study Aids/Literacy; Low Vision; and Mechanical Accessories and Mounting Devices) will be represented in various presentations, demonstrations and/or exhibits. In addition, a hands-on lab will provide an opportunity to experiment with and evaluate the latest assistive technology devices and software available. [More Information on ATIA Orlando 2011 Conference and Exhibition]

  7. RESNA 2010
    June 26, 2010 to June 30, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
    The RESNA Annual Conference is an interdisciplinary gathering of individuals and companies who share a common interest in rehabilitation engineering, assistive technology and disability issues in general. The conference schedule will include workshops and plenary sessions. Mixed in are dozens of meetings of committees, SIGs (shared interest groups) and PSGs (professional specialty groups). [More Information on RESNA 2010]

  8. Spectrum Training System 2009 Career Planning for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders Conference
    October 15, 2009 to October 16, 2009 in Buena Park, California, United States
    The Career Planning for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders conference will focus on topics such as career planning, career assessment, workplace supports, social communication in the workplace, and implementing the career plan. Attendees will include career counselors, job developers, rehabilitation administrators, vocational and special education coordinators, teachers, case managers, therapists, students, parents, caregivers, and young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders ages 16 years of age and older. Continuing Education Credits are offered. [More Information on Spectrum Training System 2009 Career Planning for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders Conference]

  9. 10th Annual Assistive Technology Summer Institute
    June 25, 2007 to June 26, 2007 in Litchfield Park, Arizona, United States
    The 10th Annual Assistive Technology Summer Institute - Assistive Technology: From Generation to Generation focuses on the application of assistive technology in all aspects of daily life. Participants will learn about the importance and value of assistive technology across the age span as well as appreciate how assistive technology has evolved and changed over time. This is an opportunity to look back while learning how to move forward with assistive technology. [More Information on 10th Annual Assistive Technology Summer Institute]

  10. CSUN Assistive Technology Applications Certificate Program
    January 31, 2007 to February 3, 2007 in Tempe, Arizona, United States
    The Center on Disabilities at California State University, Northridge is offering the Assistive Technology Applications Certificate Program (ATACP). The ATACP is designed to provide a practical approach to the applications of Assistive Technology in meeting the needs of individuals with various disabilities in many settings. The training workshops teach the practical tools and techniques of assistive technology accommodations and applications. In addition to the principles of human needs, environment and tasks, the program will address the tools and techniques behind the assistive technology which will enhance the effectiveness of the training experience. [More Information on CSUN Assistive Technology Applications Certificate Program]

  11. Collaborative Assistive Technology Conference of the Rockies
    June 8, 2006 to June 10, 2006 in Westminster, Colorado, United States
    Assistive Technology Partners is hosting a conference geared toward providing information on what's new in the field of AT. Both professionals and users of AT will benefit from over 70 hands-on sessions covering funding issues, education, training, design, and employment. Co-sponsored by the Colorado Department of Education-SWAAAC and NIDDR. [More Information on Collaborative Assistive Technology Conference of the Rockies]

  12. ATIA 2006 Conference
    January 18, 2006 to January 21, 2006 in Orlando, Florida, United States
    ATIA 2006 is the annual conference of the Assistive Technology Industry Association, a not-for-profit membership organization of manufacturers, sellers or providers of technology-based assistive devices and/or services. The conference serves as a forum for the Assistive Technology community to participate in presentations and discussions about new technology, practical applications, and services. Segments of the Assistive Technology industry (Augmentative and Alternative Communication; Blindness; Computer Access; Curriculum Adaptations; Deaf and Hard of Hearing; Electronic Aids to Daily Living; Games and Recreation; Learning Disabilities/Study Aids/Literacy; Low Vision; and Mechanical Accessories and Mounting Devices) will be represented in various presentations, demonstrations and/or exhibits. In addition, a hands-on lab will provide an opportunity to experiment with and evaluate the latest assistive technology devices and software available. ATIA 2006 is for anyone in the Assistive Technology Community: Administrators AT Consultants Community Technology Center's Network (CTCNet) Consumers Government Personnel Occupational Therapists Parents Persons Interested in AT Physical Therapists Speech-Language Pathologists Teachers Technology Specialists. At the conference, you can learn about practical applications and uses of the current products, software and technology as they apply to: AAC and Language Development Advocacy and Policy Early Childhood Government Funding Independent Living K-12 Literacy Print Access Section 508, E&IT/Accessibility and Interoperability Workforce Development and more. [More Information on ATIA 2006 Conference]

  13. 2004 Assistive Technology Assessment Institute
    January 1, 2004 in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
    The 2004 Assistive Technology Assessment Institute will take place from January 4-9, 2004 at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas, NV. The National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE), the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV), and industry representatives (i.e., Laureate Learning Systems, PsychoEducational Services, Accessible Learning Inc, Crick Software and others) will partner to present the Institute. This week-long seminar demonstrates the latest techniques in assistive technology assessment and provides participants with software and other resources. Participants "learn by doing" as they work with other professionals in the field to study and practice the latest assessment techniques in such areas as teaming, data collection and analysis, report writing, and follow-up. All participants who successfully complete the Institute will earn a certificate from UNLV and NASDSE. Also, CEU's and graduate credit are available from UNLV. [More Information on 2004 Assistive Technology Assessment Institute ]

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  1. Webinar: Affordable, Cutting Edge Mobile Technologies to Improve Executive Function and Learning
    Feb 11, 2014
    Therapists, teachers, parents and others who work with students who have executive functioning and learning challenges are welcome to attend a free 90 minute webinar on 2/13/14 from 4:30-6:00 PM EST with practical and affordable ideas for using touch tablets , smartphones and computers to improve attention, organization, executive functioning and learning. Join Joan Lipman Green, a speech-language pathologist who specializes in empowering families as well as professionals with the knowledge of technology tools and strategies to speed up progress toward goals and enhance academic success. In this webinar she will highlight her top picks of apps and interactive web sites as well as built- in accessibility options of mainstream devices to help you zero in on the technologies that may be most appropriate for your students. [More Information on Webinar: Affordable, Cutting Edge Mobile Technologies to Improve Executive Function and Learning ]

  2. WHO Launches Wheelchair Service Training Package
    Jul 17, 2012
    The World Health Organization's Wheelchair Service Training Package: Basic Level was launched on June 30, 2012 at the RESNA Conference in Baltimore, Maryland. This training package is intended to develop the minimum skills and knowledge required by personnel involved in wheelchair service delivery. WHO, in partnership with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), has initiated the development of a Wheelchair Service Training Package for different levels of personnel. The first in this series of guides, Wheelchair Service Training Package: Basic Level, was released after extensive expert consultations, field trials and an expert review. Following the launch at the RESNA conference, WHO in partnership with USAID and Management Sciences for Health (MSH) held a training of 25 experts from 18 different countries workshop July 4-8 in Washington, DC. [More Information on WHO Launches Wheelchair Service Training Package]

  3. Tots 'n Tech Needs Your Help!
    Apr 18, 2006
    The Tots 'n Tech Research Institute (TnT) is an inter-university collaboration between Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA and Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ. TnT conducts a national research program about use of assistive technology (AT) to enhance the development of infants and toddlers with disabilities. A major component of the TnT's mission is to produce new knowledge and information about AT use and practices and, specifically, about the ways in which AT may optimize children's development and learning. TnT is currently conducting two surveys to learn more about how Assistive Technology (AT) may have been helpful to (1) parents and (2) infants and toddlers.

    The first survey, entitled "Family Survey," seeks information from parents whose children are under the age of three years on what kinds of training and experience the parents have had with AT. The second survey, the "Early Intervention Provider Survey," seeks information from multidisciplinary providers who work in early intervention at least one day per week to learn more about how AT may have been helpful to infants and toddlers. If you qualify as either a parent or a provider, please take a few minutes to respond to the appropriate survey. [More Information on Tots 'n Tech Needs Your Help!]

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