Nicole Feeney giving a webinar

Lunch & Learn Webinars

 

Assistive Technology for Learning Disabilities (Part 3): App Smashing for Reading, Writing and Note Taking – January 24, 2020  | 12pm-1pm 

Presenter: Jamie Martin, AT 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 a $25 fee.

The iPad has steadily improved as an Assistive Technology (AT) tool for students with learning disabilities. The built-in accessibility of iOS includes text-to-speech, dictation, and word prediction that can help students with reading and writing. In addition, there are many AT-related apps that can be used to make language-based activities easier. Since many apps have single or limited functions, the challenge is figuring out how to combine apps in order to complete multi-step or complex tasks in school. The practice of combining apps into workflows has become known colloquially as “app smashing.” This webinar will focus on various app workflows that LD students can use to complete various assignments. Attention will be given to schoolwork involving reading, writing, and note taking.

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Helping Your Student Transition to College with AT – February 10, 2020  |  12pm-1pm     Presenter: Adam Kosakowski, AT 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 a $25 fee.

Transitioning to college in general can be challenging for students with disabilities, but what about their AT? Transitioning a student’s AT needs from high school to college is often a road filled with misinformation and confusion, and unintentionally a student may be left without their needed AT when they begin their college journey. As a parent or high school staff, what can you do to help your student and their AT transition better to college? In this webinar you’ll learn about the realities of how AT transitions to college, what a college will and will not provide, and what can be done before high school graduation to help your student transition with their AT more smoothly.

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What’s In The Lending Library For Reading? – February 25, 2020  | 12pm-1pm
Presenter: Nicole Feeney, Director of NEAT

  • This is a FREE webinar for NEAT members, the CT SDE Subscription and Birth to Three Providers.
  • This is not open to the public.

This webinar will discuss assistive technology that can support the reading process for individuals who have difficulty with decoding, fluency, comprehension, access, etc. We will review key features of different reading solutions and highlight different visual settings that can be impactful. All of the items presented are available within the NEAT Lending Library for those who are NEAT members for a short term loan (30 days).

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The iPhone: A Powerful Solution for Social Connection and Accessibility – February 26, 2020  | 12pm-1pm 
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 a $25 fee.

The smart phone is a truly universal device that levels the playing field for everyone. In this webinar, we will explore the limitless abilities of iPhones. From apps that provide social connection to free built-in accessibility options that many don’t even know exist. Attendees will gain further understanding of one of the most powerful tools that often goes under-utilized.

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What’s In The Lending Library For Alternative Access? – March 23, 2020  | 12pm-1pm
Presenter: Nicole Feeney, Director of NEAT

  • This is a FREE webinar for NEAT members, the CT SDE Subscription and Birth to Three Providers.
  • This is not open to the public.

This webinar will discuss alternative access solutions for individuals with physical limitations or disabilities. We will review exciting features of these toys and discuss why you might choose one over the other. There will be a brief overview of the various alternative mice, keyboards, capability switches, etc. that an individual can use to access their mobile device or computer. All the items presented are available within the NEAT Lending Library for those who are NEAT members for a short term loan (30 days).

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Joel, From Puppy to Guide Dog – March 24, 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 a $25 fee.

Join us for a personal look at my current guide dog, Joel. Participants will learn about how guide dogs grow, evolve and are trained through a story of his life. During the presentation, participants will see a slide show containing photos of Joel throughout various stages of his life. You will learn about how puppies are raised, socialized and trained to become guide dogs and you will see a short video of Joel guiding me on a daily walk.

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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 a $25 fee.

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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An Overview of Windows 10 Magnifier – 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 a $25 fee.

Microsoft has been putting a lot of work into the magnifier feature found in Windows 10. The magnifier feature is free and built into Windows 10! Throughout each year, they have been releasing updates to Windows 10, found in these updates, are improvements to the magnifier. Come join us for a look at the magnifier and see the exciting ways it can help users who have low vision.

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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.

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