One of the program priorities for the 2012-2013 year is to work with schools to establish local assistive technology resource teams. The development of resource teams gives school districts a local option for addressing the assistive technology requirements of IDEA 2004. You are welcome to participate by sending a team (minimum of 2 participants) to be trained. The training consists of six sessions, which will occur throughout the school year. They are provided free of charge to participating school districts. The trainings are scheduled once a month beginning in the fall and ending in the spring. Training locations will be determined based on school participation and will occur in local communities. You may register your team by completing the online registration form.
These trainings are designed to assist educators and service providers with the newest information regarding assistive technology by bringing in national and local speakers throughout the year. These personnel development opportunities are available to all school district personnel. These trainings have a minimal fee of $40 to attend. However, these trainings are free of charge to anyone who has completed our Level 1 training series. Some may also have a small materials fee.
OATC has computer labs in Oklahoma City and Tulsa where school personnel can receive hands on training on some of the most popular assistive technology software and AAC devices used in the educational setting. OATC provides this free of charge.
PRC AAC Devices (Accent 1200, Vantage Lite, Springboard Lite, ECO-2) Training Description: Prentke Romich Company (PRC) is a worldwide leader in the development and manufacture of augmentative communication devices, computer access products, and other assistive technology for people with severe disabilities. PRC serves the AAC community with a complete line of AAC devices: Accent 1200, Vantage Lite, Springboard Lite and ECO-2. The PRC On-call Educator for Oklahoma, Deanna Severson will conduct these labs and they are open for anyone interested in learning more about PRC products, for those interested in obtaining a PRC device, and for device users and their family/caregivers, educators, SLP's and other interested persons. Please register at www.prentrom.com and/or 800-262-1984 ext. 286
Questions Contact Deanna at the contact information below firstname.lastname@example.org or 918-766-3883.
Dynavox AAC Devices (Maestro, Eye Max, Vplus, Vmax plus, Xpress, M3, and DynaWrite) Training Description: Trainings will cover the DynaVox InterAACt software. Participants will learn to develop communication goals and how to implement those goals through use of the Inter AACt software, including Gateway for language development. Participants will learn how to modify buttons and pages, import pictures, create pages using visual scenes and “hot spots”, develop new pages and content as well as learning to find and utilize the vocabulary built into the device, and implementation strategies. Dynavox Technologies is proud to be one of the world’s largest manufacturers of speech-generating devices and communication software. Dynavox provides complete support; including helping their customers fund devices through school districts, Medicaid, Medicare or private insurance. All services provided by DynaVox are free of charge. The Dynavox representative for Oklahoma, Nuala South, will conduct these labs. The training labs are open for anyone interested in learning more about Dynavox Series 5 devices. Please bring your device and charger. If you do not have a device, we will try to provide one for you or you can download our demo software for your PC laptop.
For further information, contact Nuala via Email: nuala.South@dynavoxtech.com or cell: (405) 822-5799.