1st Annual Assistive Technology Summit

At the University of Maine at Farmington

April 25, 2019

Registration Form – Click Here!


Designed for educators and aspiring educators, UMF’s Assistive Technology summit will bring accessibility alive, as we explore pressing issues in classrooms across Maine. You won’t leave disappointed as you learn the legal standards of AT in the IEP and schools, creating accessibility with your content, collaborating with team members–especially the student, and how to hear all learners in your classroom utilizing AAC. The summit will wrap-up with a hands-on maker fair that will allow you to explore and create low, mid and high tech assistive technology for your classroom that you can use when you return. Don’t miss out on this inaugural event!

Hashtag for door prizes #UMFCenter4AT, #UMFSummit4AT


Session Descriptions:

Session A:  So That All May Learn – Accessibility in Education
Today’s learning environment involves the use of instructional materials taking many digital forms. This workshop will help participants learn about what is needed to ensure their digital documents are accessible to all. Topics and learning objectives: understanding of the needs of people with disabilities and the Assistive Technologies used; what are digital documents – word processor documents, presentation applications, and PDFs; methods/tools for assessing and work-flows that increase success; and where to find tons of free resources.
Presenter: John Brandt MSEd,  Maine CITE Training Coordinator

Session B: Turning IDEA into a reality
Description: Be prepared to implement assistive technology in your classrooms by understanding the legal considerations related to assistive technology. Participants will gain a better understanding on what should be in the IEP in regards to the IEP and make certain that students have access to high-quality instruction and activities that meet their unique individual needs. A focus will be on IEP development and implementation.  
Presenters: Dr. Brian Cavanaugh, University of Maine Farmington and Dr. Christine Spence, University of Maine Farmington

Session C: SETT your Compass
Description: Be prepared to think innovatively about your AT consultations and evaluations by using the SETT Framework , created by Joy Zabala, and the Innovator’s Compass, created by Ela Ben-Ur together! Participants will learn how to mash up these two powerful frameworks into one dynamic, collaborative, forward-thinking tool to improve various outcomes for your learners and staff. Participants will leave the session inspired, invigorated and ready to SETT their own Compasses for their learners and staff in the AT evaluation and consultation process.
Presenter: Dr. Hillary Goldthwait-Fowles, RSU 21 and adjunct faculty at the University of Maine at Farmington.

Session D: Can You Hear Me, Yet?
Description: Be prepared to stop, collaborate and listen to every learner in your class. Participants will learn how to develop communication systems within their classrooms, differing approaches, and the tools they can utilize. BYOD because this session will be hands-on. Participants will leave the session inspired, invigorated and ready to hear all learners in their classrooms.
Dr. Kevin Good, University of Maine at Farmington and Dr. Christine Spence, University of Maine Farmington