• Assistive Technology Summit.

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    April 29th, 2016. 9am-5pm.

About The Education Series
  • A Free All Day
  • Drop-in Event
  • To Help Those
  • Affected By Autism

Microsoft and the Autism Alliance of Michigan have partnered up for a day long series of short courses, break out sessions, one-on-one help, and more, to help those professionals, educators, and community members, affected by Autism as well as other disabilities. All day long on, Friday, April 29th, in honor of Autism Awareness Month, our two companies have teamed up with some of the top organizations and leaders within the special needs community to cover topics such as Autism 101, community resources, assistive technology, and more.

Please drop in for a session, to say hi, ask a question, or stay all day, free of cost, at the Microsoft Headquarters in Southfield, at any time from 9am-5pm.

With 1 in 68 children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, almost everyone is touched by Autism in some way. That is why, through this collaborative effort of communities, organizations, and families we hope to make a small yet impactful difference.

Please join us for a day of fun, educational, and important discussions, workshops, and activities. Space is limited, so please RSVP as soon as you're ready.

Event Schedule - April 29th - 9am-5pm

All day on April 29th from, 9am-5pm, the Autism Alliance of Michigan and Microsoft will host several workshops, hands on training, and Q&A sessions to cover an important topic within Disabilities and Assistive Technology.

Feel free to come to as many events as you'd like, however space is limited to please register ahead of time to ensure a seat.

*All events are free and will take place at Microsoft Headquarters in Southfield.

  • Assistive Technology Company Meet and Greets -All Day
    Friday, April 29th, 9am-5pmShow More

    Friday, April 29th, 9am-5pm

    Get to know the companies that represent the Assistive Technology landscape. Learn more about their companies, what their missions are, get a chance to try hands on demos of their products and ask any questions you may have.

  • Short Courses - ~ One and Two Hour long courses throughout the day
    Friday, April 29th, 10am-5pmShow More

    Friday, April 29th, 10am-5pm

    Join us for aprox. hour and two hour long short courses covering a variety of topics including the new and exciting technologies coming out of Microsoft as well as the Autism Alliance of Michigan's innovation labs. Also learn about other topics that relate Assistive Technologies to your workplace, education system, and community.

    #WhatsTrending (Kickoff Presentation)- Microsoft and Calvin Gee - 10am-11am

    We kick things off by learning about the latest assistive technologies from Microsoft and what they're doing to help the community with events such as these. Calvin Gee from the Autism Alliance of Michigan will also be presenting the new and exciting technology coming from their innovation labs.

    Short Course (11-1pm): Core Vocabulary to Support Language, Learning, and Communication for Students with Complex Communication Needs Presented by:  Marlene Cummings, M.A. CCC-SLP  

    Imagine having a “starting place” for SLP’s, and their teams who serve students with complex communication needs supported by AAC in the classroom environment. A universal set of powerful core words they could use to provide immediate access to language for their students. Words their students could use to learn language demonstrate the functions of communication across communicative environments and begin to connect with others. Whew…that’s a tall order. Then once we have started, how do we create sustainable impact in the language learning environment? Good question! We will explore the following 4 foundational implementation strategies used to “get started” and create a sustainable, robust language learning environment: core vocabulary, aided language input, vocabulary instruction and communicative opportunities.

    This presentation will describe each of these research based, field-tested, user-friendly tools in detail. You will hear the success stories, see the classroom supports, artifacts and videos of teams as they have confidently applied these dynamic strategies and how they can be replicated in a variety of settings.

    Topic: (1-2pm) Supporting Your Child's Voice in Everyday Life

    Presented by: Ewa Omahen, Ph.D. - a mom of nonvocal child with autism who uses a communication app/iPad and sign language to communicate

    Every person deserves to have a voice to communicate their basic needs and wants, engage with others, advocate for themselves, and be empowered. This presentation will focus on common sense strategies to develop and support your child's voice in the natural environment - including home, school, and community.

    In order to be effective communication partners, the families, schools, and private therapists need to collaborate closely in designing and supporting effective communication system for the child. Along with a review of evidence-based tools and strategies, videos depicting examples of daily communication opportunities and personal success stories will be shared, with the goal of helping others help their child find a voice.

    Short Course (3-5pm):  AAC Assessment:  Customizing the Process
    Presented by:  Patricia Nizio, M.A. CCC-SLP, and Monica Puente, M.A. CCC-SLP

    Augmentative Alternative Communication (AAC) assessment for individuals with complex communication needs is an in depth process that explores each individuals abilities, needs, and values.  This course will discuss a wide variety of AAC assessment tools and strategies including standardized assessments, criterion referenced assessments, clinical observations, and interview.  Specifically, criteria and techniques for assessing physical access, cognitive and linguistic abilities, oral motor structures and functions, and interaction with technology will be addressed.  In addition, the features matching approach will be presented as a method of making appropriate recommendations for AAC given each individual’s unique abilities.

  • Assistive Technology Hands On Room - Alt-Shift will be demoing a wide range of Assistive Tech products for you to try and learn more about!
    Friday, April 29th, 10am-5pmShow More

    Friday, April 29th, 10am-5pm

    Alt-shift will be bringing a range of assistive tech to try out.

  • Ask the Attorney & AT Advocacy- Talk to our legal experts about education and assistive technology as well as any questions you may have
    Friday, April 29th, 9am-5pm Show More

    Friday, April 29th, 9am-5pm

    Ask The Attorney- 11am-12pm AND 1pm-2pm

    Assistive Technology Advocacy- 1pm-4pm

  • Tablet Help - Bring your tablet or any other tech! Ask any app or tech questions
    Friday, April 29th, 9am-5pm Show More

    Friday, April 29th, 9am-5pm

    Assistive and Augmentative Technology help from the Autism Alliance of Michigan

    Do you have any questions about how to get a certain app to work? Or are you just curious about which technologies to use? Bring your devices and/or questions! And our AAC expert Monica Puente will be happy to assist you!


  • Tech Free Room - Tech Free
    Friday, April 29th, 9am-5pm Show More

    Friday, April 29th, 9am-5pm


  • Register today! Help build a brighter world.

Register to be a part of our event series, and don't be afraid to bring a friend!

Sessions to be held: April 29th - 9am-5pm - Drop by at anytime during the day!

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