Thursday, October 20, 2022
8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
(Nebraska Chapter of AER Meeting3:30-4:00 p.m.)
This year’s annual fallconference will take a close look at one of the nine areas of the Expanded CoreCurriculum--Assistive Technology! Participants will spend the day in small groups attending threesessions, each with a different focus on AT. Also this year, the NebraskaAER Chapter is bringing back their Silent Auction!
Registrations are due by October 7. To register, please contact NCECBVI. The cost to attend is $50.
“BACK TO BASICS: CULTIVATING AN AT MINDSET “– As new technology comesout at ever-increasing speeds, educators in the field of visual impairmentsoften feel overwhelmed and unaware where to begin. Fortunately, the basicframework of ideas remains the same. Mastering these principles can alloweducators/practitioners and students alike to feel secure in a strongfoundation.
Presentedby: Dr. Belinda Rudinger and Cecilia Robinson
Dr. Rudinger has spent over 15 years in the field of specialeducation as a teacher of students with visual impairments, a nationallycertified assistive technology consultant, and a clinical assistant professor.In addition to her work at Texas A&M University-Commerce, she teachesbraille and assistive technology courses at Stephen F. Austin StateUniversity. She currently serves as the Texas AER 2023 ConferenceChair and as a director on the Council of Exceptional Children (CEC)Division on Visual Impairments and Deafblindness board (DVIDB).
Cecilia Robinson is a teacher of thevisually impaired and coordinator for professional development and personnelpreparation for the Outreach Programs at Texas School for the Blind andVisually Impaired. During her 20+ years inpublic education, she has worked with district teams to build their capacity insupporting AT for all students, including students who are deafblind. She has implementedan AT loan program that includes training and technical assistance to supportthe 50+ school districts/charter schools in the Houston area.
“ATAND THE IEP” – Once AT has been identified for a child or a student, howshould teams meaningfully integrate the AT tools/system into a child's IFSP ora student's IEP? This session explores components of IFSPs and IEPs that containinformation about AT and offers examples for how to meaningfully integrate ATinto IFSPs/IEPs.
Presented by: Brian Wojcik
Brian Wojcik serves as the Education Program Supervisor for theNebraska Assistive Technology Partnership within the Nebraska Department ofEducation. Bryan has worked previously as SpecialEducation Faculty at the University of Nebraska at Kearney and as theCoordinator of the Special Education Assistive Technology (SEAT) Center atIllinois State University. As an educator, Brian has been integratingtechnology to meet the needs of students with diverse learning needs for well overthree decades. In his current position, Brian works to help educators buildcapacity for delivering quality AT services within Nebraska.
"MAKING AT DECISIONS USING THE SETT FRAMEWORK" – Your IEP team has identified a student's need forassistive technology. Now what? In this session, participants will learnhow to utilize the SETT (Student, Environment, Tasks, Tools) Framework whenaddressing those needs, and will use a case study to experience the process.
Presented by: KimRobke
Kim Robke is the Assistive TechnologySpecialist at the Nebraska Center for Education of Children who are Blind orVisually Impaired. Kim is RESNAcertified (Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of NorthAmerica) and enjoys helping educators and students alike find the best toolsand services to support learning.