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OCALICON 2014 will offer over 150 sessions by nationally-recognized scholars, leaders, and practitioners.

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Apps Smack Down for Curriculum Access

Participants will lead this session! Bring your own mobile device to share your favorite app. iOS and Android devices are welcome. A microphone and document camera will be provided. In addition to sharing your app, please explain how the app allows your students to access the general education curriculum. We will also discuss the differences between assistive technologies and instructional/educational technologies and categorizing the apps presented as such. Come join this exciting and fun session moderated by OCALI AT and UDL Center staff!

Heather Bridgman, Ron Rogers, Jan Rogers


Educating Students Who Need Intensive Supports in a UDL Environment

A large number of students with disabilities need intensive supports. So at some point, every teacher will likely find students with diverse learning needs in his or her classroom. Success for all students requires a focus on individual achievement, individual progress, and individual learning. Despite obstacles, recent research tells us that we can teach these students how to learn. We can put them into a position to compete if they have the proper supports in place.

Jeff McCormick, Joy Zabala, Daniel McNulty, Joan Breslin Larson


Educational Identification of Autism

Many students entering school have not yet been identified with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and are in direct need of specialized services. The school district is responsible for determining eligibility for services under the IDEA category of autism. Such eligibility DOES NOT require a clinical diagnosis. Inaction on the part of the public schools until it receives a clinical diagnosis is illegal and may deny a student FAPE. Through an extensive training series, many Ohio school districts have established trans-disciplinary autism evaluation teams and are committed to conducting comprehensive evaluations.

Amy Bixler Coffin, Jara Packer, Tracy Samanich, Mariah Bailey, Julie Pitman


Extended Standards: Planning, Implementation, and Transition

The emphasis on standards-based planning in classrooms for children with significant cognitive disabilities sometimes causes teams to struggle to find a balance between standards, planning, implementation, and transitioning. Many components can combine to form very successful programs. This session will provide a description of how one district has developed programming for students with significant cognitive disabilities utilizing each of the components. 

Kristen Metz


Preparing a Life Without Limits

As parents, we want the very best for our children. When you have a child with a disability, that statement takes on a whole new meaning. The challenges to have your child "fit in" or be "accepted" by the norm can be overwhelming and exhausting for a parent. Join us as we each take you through our journey, one filled with advocacy, hard work, and determination to build a strong support system to create a life without limits for those we love.

Julie Short, Dee Marks, Tammy Salmons


Supporting Literacy in Individuals with ASD Through the Use of Assistive Technology

Research shows that students with ASD often struggle with various components of reading. Are you struggling with the implementation of assistive technologies that support students' access to reading activities? Do you know how to match the specific needs of students with ASD with technology features to improve curriculum access? Join us as we discuss common barriers to reading for individuals with ASD, how to select assistive technology based upon feature matching, and look at products that contain the identified technology features. Case study examples will be utilized.

Amy Bixler Coffin, Jan Rogers, Shawna Benson


Technology Tools to Support Access to Statewide Assessments

Join us for a hands-on session led by Ohio AT consultants to explore free technology tools to facilitate access to Ohio's Next Generation Assessments (ONGA) and the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessments. A new era of online statewide testing has begun. There are many accessibility features built-in to these statewide assessments, but students must become familiar with them to use them on the statewide tests. Come learn about the types of accessibility features and accommodations available for statewide tests and who might use them.

Patti Porto, Tracy Mail, Jennifer Heim, Michael Roush


The Dog Didn't Eat My Homework: Technology to Support Executive Functioning

In the lecture session, participants will learn about executive dysfunction, the impacts on student learning, and how the continuum of low to high technology can support students in the educational environment. Executive functioning refers to cognitive processes to plan and direct activities. We will focus on aligning technology features to support students in the areas of self-organization, time management, information management, and materials management. In the subsequent lab session, participants will explore technology tools and collaboratively discuss solutions for identified challenges.

Tracy Mail, Wendy Szakacs, Jan Rogers


Using OLAC as a Resource to Meet the Needs of Diverse Learners

Today's districts are called on to serve an increasingly diverse student body and ensure high levels of learning for all students, including those whose learning may be affected by the economic conditions in which they live; factors related to ethnicity, race, culture, language, and gender; and/or levels of ability and/or disability. This session will focus on the OLAC resources that can be used to help educators better meet the needs of diverse learners.

Don Washburn, Jim Gay


Using Twitter as your Personal Learning Network for Universal Design for Learning

Learn how to use Twitter to collaborate with other professionals and create a strong Personal Learning Network (PLN). Whether you are an administrator or educator, Twitter is a great tool for staying connected to the latest educational trends, ideas, and up-to-the-minute learning strategies. In this session, you'll learn how a successful PLN in Universal Design for Learning works. This is a BYOD session, so bring your device and start to build your own PLN!

Ron Rogers, Stephanie Shouldis


What is Universal Design for Learning? One-Size Does Not Fit All!

In this session, participants will gain an understanding of Universal Design for Learning (UDL). UDL is a set of principles for curriculum development that give all individuals equal opportunities to learn. UDL provides a framework for creating instructional goals, methods, materials, and assessments that work for everyone. UDL is not a single, one-size-fits-all solution but rather provides flexible approaches that can be customized and adjusted to meet individual needs.

Jeff McCormick


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