Assistive Technology Services
I am an educational consultant specializing in assistive technology support for students in high school and/or students currently in college. I have 16 yrs of experience as an educator and administrator in higher education and k-12 settings. I understand the challenges of students who learn differently and the issues that can arise for students navigating the differences between high school and college. The ability to work independently is a critical skill in college and assistive technology can provide students with the independence needed. Please contact me if you are interrested in learning more about how Assistive Technology can help your student.
1-1.5 hr AT Consultation
Evaluation & Recommendations of AT Supports for college
1:1 Assistive Technology Training with your student
Assistive Technology Training for parents
For Counselors, Educators, Disability Specialists
Professional Development Workshops for Staff
1:1 Assistive Technology device training for your students
Small group student workshops such as Assistive Technology 101: For College Success
Consultation, Training & Professional Development
I customize workshops, webinars, and trainings for educators, parent groups, and students on Assistive Technology topics you want and in a format that works for you to meet the needs of your audience. Workshops can be 1-2 hours, half-day or full day.
1) Choose a Topic 2) Select Your Group Size 3) Pick a Date
AT101: Assistive Technology Basics Course
This course provides audiences with an overview of "what's out there" and identifies no-tech, low-tech, and high-tech options for individuals who struggle with reading, writing, organizing, communicating, etc. This presentation is ideal for both tech-saavy and non tech-saavy participants.
1 on 1 training can help students and individuals become more comfortable with technology. I work with students either in person or online to demonstrate how to get started with a piece of technology, explain the different features of the program, offer practice exercises so the student can practice using the AT, and provide on-going troubleshooting.
Hands-on Group Workshop
Family Support & Training
This opportunity is perfect for groups of educators, specialists or students who desire to be walked through the use of particular AT tools (similar to Individual Training) but in a small group format. This workshop could take place in a computer lab or in a location where participants bring their own laptop.
While 1 on 1 training (above) is important to building skills for the individual who utilizes Assistive Technology, it is also imperitive that families and others who support the individual have a basic understanding of the AT tool as well. I have found success when the individual and family/support team are trained separately. This training is similar to Individual Training, but allows the support team to learn at their own pace (which may be slower or faster than the pace of the individual using the AT tool).
Assistve Technology is most successful when the individual and the support team understand the purpose of the technology, are proficient using its features, and have confidence in their ability to operate it. I can help you, your student, and/or your team. Contact me to learn more
Assistive Technology Toolbox
Text to Speech & E-readers
Speech to Text
-Dragon Naturally Speaking
-Dictation (free, built in feature)
-Sonocent (audio recorder)
Various Reading/Writing Supports
Taking Notes & Organizing Tools
-Livescribe smart pen
-Sonocent Audio Notetaker
-Reminders / Alarms (cellphone or computer)
Stress Management / Relaxation
Transition to College
How Can Assistive Technology Help Students?
College academics require students to have superior skills of organization, time management, reading fluency and comprehension, note taking, and writing. Assistive technology can help college students in all of these areas. AT support by an Assistive Technology Specialist can help your student explore and determine if assstive technology is the right fit for their academic needs. Consultation and evaluation including feedback from the student, family, and other professionals in the student's life will ensure the best fit and appropriateness of assistive technology.
AT and College Disability Offices
Most college disability offices expect students to know the academic supports they need and rely on students' ability to self-advocate. However, many college students simply don't have experience or training with assistive technology, thus they cannot advocate for using and exploring assistive technology devices that may help them be successful. Students don't know what they don't know. AT documentation prepared by an experienced AT specialist can help students with disabilities demonstrate their need for assistive technology accommodations in order to allow access to learning.
Do you Know What Types of Assistive Technology Are Available to You?
Many college students can benefit from low tech and high tech assistive technology devices.
Fast Forward College Coaching has an Assistive Technology specialist who can help determine the AT 'best fit' for your student and help train them on how to use the AT tools effectively.
What is Your Familiarity with Assistive Technology?
- I received an AT evaluation in h.s. and will bring AT to college
- I received an AT evaluation in h.s. but don't know how I will use AT in college
- I tried AT in K-12 but wasn't successful
- I think AT may help me in my courses, but I'm unsure
- I am unfamiliar with AT but want to learn
Not Sure If Assistive Technology is Right for Your Student? Consider an AT Consultation
An AT Consultation is a meeting and conversation about your child's background, strengths and challenges as it relates to academics, mobility, and communication. Assistive technology applications/devices will be suggested that may be a good fit based on this initial consultation. Written documentation after the consultation can be provided for an additional fee.
Consultations typically last 1 - 1.5 hours. Fee - $150