Nicole Feeney giving a webinar


Free NEAT Webinars To Support Distance Learning And Virtual Connecting  

With the current worldwide health issues affecting everyone’s ability to get together, NEAT wants to reach out to our members, clients and community virtually. We are excited to be offering free webinars providing AT/AAC education and professional development in the coming weeks. These are open to everyone at no cost, members and non-members alike! So if you know anyone who would be interested in learning more about the world of Assistive Technology, please pass this info along. Please keep reading below for class descriptions and registration links.


We started this initiative on March 23rd, and have already presented several webinars. If you missed those, or would like to watch them again, please click here to go to our recorded webinar page. The classes already posted there are :

*What’s In The Lending Library For Alternative Access?

*Joel, From Puppy To Guide Dog

*How To Caption For Free

*AAC Resources: Reminders Of The Old, Introductions To The New

*Microsoft AT Tools For Learning Disabilities

*Combat Social Isolation With Smart Technology

*Alternate Onscreen Keyboards For iPad

*An Overview Of Narrator And Magnifier In Windows 10




Gaining Control Through Smart Technology – April 1, 2020  |  2pm-3pm  
Presenter: Kristopher Thompson, Smart Technology Specialist

  • This is a NEAT Member ATventure and is FREE for NEAT Members, the CT SDE Subscription and CT Birth to Three Providers.
  • This is also open to the public for FREE at this time

Environmental control is crucial for independent living. Whether it be someone facing health challenges, disabilities, or aging in place, it is important to have a solid plan and find creative ways for an individual and their caregiver to ensure comfort and control. Participants will take part in exploration of case studies that will cover smart device and voice-controlled technologies and illuminate the powerful impact they have on creating opportunities for independence yet providing the ability to stay connected with others. Participants will learn the feature matching and consideration process for choosing smart technology and the specialized peripherals that make an individual feel more confident and supported while aging in place.

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Attacking the Sexual Assault Epidemic With the Power of Communication  – April 29, 2020  | 12pm-1pm  

Presenter: Elena Fader, M.A., CCC-SLP, AAC Specialist

  • This is a NEAT Member ATventure and is FREE for NEAT Members, the CT SDE Subscription and CT Birth to Three Providers.
  • This is also open to the public for FREE at this time

People with intellectual and developmental disabilities are sexually assaulted at a rate seven times higher than those without disabilities. Several factors contribute to this heightened risk, with communication challenges being a key reason. Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) plays a critical role in supporting this population of individuals who are more vulnerable to abuse.
This will provide insight, strategies, and resources that human services professionals and families can utilize to protect their clients and loved ones. Resources include a preview of an adapted sexual health curriculum and a demonstration of ways to use an AAC device to help individuals learn, self-advocate, and report.
Oak Hill, Connecticut’s largest non-profit for people with disabilities, has started a #seventimes campaign to draw national attention to this horrific statistic. By bringing awareness to the AT world, we hope to make immediate strides in attacking the sexual assault epidemic using the power of communication.

The goals of these webinar are to:

  • Recognize at least two communication-related reasons that individuals with IDD are at a higher risk for sexual assault.
  • Identify at least two ways that AAC can help to decrease the “#seventimes” statistic
  • Discuss at least three strategies that can be used to support individuals with IDD in learning, self-advocating, and reporting information related to sexual health.

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Hidden Tech Treasures – May 5, 2020  | 12pm-1pm  
Presenter: Steve Famiglietti, Blind Services Vocational Manager

  • This is a NEAT Member ATventure and is FREE for NEAT Members, the CT SDE Subscription and CT Birth to Three Providers.
  • This is also open to the public for FREE at this time

During this presentation participants will learn some tips and tricks to help them in using different pieces of software on various hardware platforms.  For instance, we will demonstrate both the built-in screen reader and screen magnifier, found in Windows 10 and go over a few of the best features of these items.  We will also highlight some of our favorite settings and items to customize to make using your device a better experience.

We will be focusing on the following devices and software: Windows 10, Apple devices and Android devices.

Some of the topics will include:

  • Customization of Voiceover on an iPhone or iPad
  • Changing visual settings on an iPhone.
  • Customizing Windows 10 for a better experience while using your screen reader.
  • Simple tricks to make reading items easier with the JAWS screen reader.
  • Tips and tricks for Android users.

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NEAT Workshops


Top Ten Tips to Securing Your Smart Tech Solutions – May 13, 2020  | 9am-12pm  
Presenter: Kristopher Thompson, Smart Technology Specialist

Location: The NEAT Center at Oak Hill, Hartford, CT

  • Register today for $125!
  • WAIT! NEAT Members, the CT SDE Subscription and CT Birth to Three Providers can register for $100!

Smart technology is giving so many people the ability to live more independently. But is Alexa always listening? Can someone hack your smart devices? How secure is the “internet of things”? In this workshop, we will discuss these concerns and cover steps that you can take to improve security and peace of mind.

Register Here