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Welcome to the Ability Tools (formerly AT Network) training library. Many of the trainings were recorded live. All trainings are open captioned and available for you to view on YouTube at your leisure.

Please choose as many categories below to view relevant trainings:

List of 19 Archived Trainings:

Tap Wearable Keyboard Training Thursday - June 13th, 2019 • 1:30PM (PST)

This training was provided during the monthly Ability Tools AT Advocates Meeting. Dovid Schick, CEO of Tap, shared the product with us and demonstrated its AT uses.

Presenters: Dovid Schick, CEO Tap

Location: Webinar Platform

Tags: AT Product Demonstrations, AT Professional Development, Children & Youth to 18, Communication Devices & Apps, Computers, Tablets, Software & Apps

Transcript: Tap Training Final Transcript.docx
YouTube Video: https://youtu.be/nPyqd0HVME4

Open Sesame! A Touch-Free App Monday - July 2nd, 2018 • 5:00PM (PST)

Sesame Enable has developed a first of its kind mobile app that allows people with motor disabilities to fully control their smartphones or tablets using only simple head movements. This webinar will present all the different features of our app. Participants will view the app in action (writing an email, searching the web, engaging in social media, and more!) all through simple head gestures. 

Presenters: Shai Eilat; Head of Sesame Enable's US Operations

Location: Webinar Platform

Tags: Computers, Tablets, Software & Apps

Transcript: Open Sesame Transcript Final.doc
YouTube Video: https://youtu.be/9FWa-MfgreQ
Materials: Sesame Presentation 2018.pptx

BEST Suite Success: Apps for Increasing Self-Regulation and Productivity at Home, School, & Work Wednesday - November 1st, 2017 • 5:00PM (PST)

This Webinar will begin with a discussion of the benefits of using apps to help with common cognitive issues. We’ll demo the BEST Suite which contains the PaceMyDay (energy/fatigue management) and ReachMyGoals (SMART goal-setting) apps designed with the feedback and insights of individuals living with cognitive issues. In addition, we’ll discuss the importance of app training for those with cognitive issues, their caregivers, and professionals.

Presenters: Michelle Ranae Wild President/CEO, Brain Education Strategies & Technology And Kristi Pero Co-Curriculum Designer/Trainer, Brain Education Strategies & Technology

Location: Webinar Platform

Tags: AT Product Demonstrations, Computers, Tablets, Software & Apps

Transcript: 11172017-BEST-suite-success-transcript-final.rtf
YouTube Video: https://youtu.be/Ra1Zx4Jk1fw
Materials: BEST Connections Suite App Training_110117.pptx

Be My Eyes- Bringing Sight to the Blind and Visually Impaired Wednesday - August 9th, 2017 • 1:00PM (PST)

Presentation by Alexander Jensen of Be My Eyes- Be My Eyes is a FREE app that connects blind and visually impaired with sighted helpers from around the world via live video connection.

Presenters: Alexander Jensen- Community Director

Location: Webinar Platform

Tags: AT Product Demonstrations, Computers, Tablets, Software & Apps

Transcript: 08092017-be-my-eyes-transcript-final.rtf
YouTube Video: https://youtu.be/FfKf6vzOcZ4

Introducing Voice Options Pilot Project Tuesday - May 16th, 2017 • 1:00PM (PST)

Presented by: Kevin Hansen and Megan Cowdell, California Foundation for Independent Living Centers

Do Californians with speech disabilities have a need for iPads with speech apps? What is the best way for people to try out and borrow tablets with speech apps?

Join us to learn about Voice Options’ pilot program of the California Public Utilities Commission administered by the California Foundation for Independent Living Centers. Voice Options connects Californians with speech language disabilities to iPads with speech apps.

Presenters: Kevin Hansen and Megan Cowdell, CFILC

Location: Webinar Platform

Tags: AT Basics, Communication Devices & Apps, Computers, Tablets, Software & Apps

Transcript: 051617-Introducing_Voice_Options_Pilot.rtf
YouTube Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q8wdTRrtlEo

Assistive Technology: Tools for Transition Wednesday - February 15th, 2017 • 1:00PM (PST)

Presented by:  Laura Simmons-Martinez, Assistive Technology Program Manager, Team of Advocates for Special Kids

Technology can play a big role in successfully transitioning from high school to the adult world. We will introduce the different types of technology that may be useful in high school, college, in the workplace and to help foster independence. Attendees will leave with an understanding of what types of technology are out there to help older students and adults with special needs and where to obtain that technology.

Presenters: Laura Simmons-Martinez, Assistive Technology Program Manager, Team of Advocates for Special Kids

Location: Webinar Platform

Tags: AT Basics, AT Professional Development, Children & Youth to 18, Communication Devices & Apps, Computers, Tablets, Software & Apps, Professional Development

Transcript: a_transcript_ATToolsForTransition_021517.rtf
YouTube Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lDAf9fAudnM&feature=youtu.be
Materials: a_outline_ATToolsForTransition_021517.rtf

AT Software for Students - Note-taking, Reading, Writing and More Wednesday - June 15th, 2016 • 1:00PM (PST)

Presentation #1:  Mind Mapping Improves Students Reading Comprehension and Writing Skills

Mind maps have a natural structure that radiates from the center and use lines, symbols, words, colors and images. Mind mapping turns monotonous information into colorful, memorable and highly organized diagrams that work in line with your brain's natural way of thinking.

MindView AT (Assistive Technology) software correctly addresses key learning objectives for students with Reading, Writing and Learning difficulties. Based on the proven principles of Mind Mapping and the Universal Design for Learning (UDL), MindView helps to identify, process and present information visually. MindView is the next generation of mind mapping software in education.

Learn how MindView AT helps students:

• Improve reading comprehension and writing skills
• Outline documents in a non-linear fashion
• Add research, notes, links and citations
• Export to Word in Academic Formats i.e. MLA, APA, etc.

Presenters: Brandon Conrad and Rich Ranieri

Presentation #2: Sonocent Note-taking software by Mark Gibbons

In this presentation we shall be looking at how audio recording can be the key to learning and notetaking.

Note taking is hard! Why scribble away like a mad person, lose focus or just get lost in classes and meetings?

With Audio Notetaker you can capture everything effortlessly, and focus on listening. Record, highlight, annotate and revisit at your own pace.

We hope that by the end of the presentation you will see Audio Notetaker as another solution that can be easily utilized by students with learning differences, and can create greater success and independence.

Mark Gibbons, originally from the UK, has been working with individuals with disabilities since 1985.  Mark, along with his wife Lesley Ann, launched Sterling Adaptives, a bay area based AT company that focuses on customer service and quality products.


Location: Webinar Platform

Tags: AT Basics, AT Product Demonstrations, AT Professional Development, Children & Youth to 18, Computers, Tablets, Software & Apps, Learning & Literacy

Transcript: a_transcript_ATSoftwareForStudents_Webinar-061516.rtf
YouTube Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KtuDI08DRf8

AT and Disability Student Services in College Wednesday - September 9th, 2015 • 6:00PM (PST)

When you’re a student with a disability who is used to having an IEP or 504 plan, transitioning to college can be confusing and challenging when it comes to getting your accommodations and assistive technology needs met. Fortunately many Youth Organizing (YO!) Disabled and Proud Volunteers and Members have experienced college life and can provide support to new students on how the DSPS can assist you in receiving technology and accommodations in the classroom! If this is something you are interested in learning about and preparing for, come listen to their stories and experiences. This is the kind of stuff that will prepare you to become informed college students.

Moderator: Kirk Aranda, Youth Organizer for Youth Organizing (YO!) Disabled and Proud

Presenters: Blake Webber (College of Marin), Jessica Jimenez (California State University, Long Beach), Kristin Ansell (Sierra College), Alexa McBride (California State University, Sacramento)

Location: Blackboard Collaborate Webinar Platform

Tags: AT Basics, Computers, Tablets, Software & Apps, Evaluation & Assessment, Funding, Law & Advocacy, Professional Development, Transition & Community Living

Transcript: 090915_transcript_at_in_college_webinar.rtf
YouTube Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SDqylpyRK7A

AT - Latest & Greatest 2015 Tuesday - June 2nd, 2015 • 1:00PM (PST)

Join Debbie Drennan, AT Specialist from Parents Helping Parents for this webinar, in which she will explore the newest assistive technology devices and services that are now available, and explain how those with disabilities might benefit from them.

Learn about new tools and devices in the following areas:

–Around the Home for increased independence.

–Out and About in the Community - with a focus on GPS enabled devices

–Accessibility Features- what’s new in all the operating systems?

–AAC

–Make Your Own AT, including 3D printing

–And of course.....Apps!

Finally, you will learn about AT products/services on the horizon and how they might be able to make a difference in the lives of those with disabilities.

Presenters: Debbie Drennan, AT Specialist from Parents Helping Parents

Location: Blackboard Collaborate Webinar Platform

Tags: AT Basics, AT Professional Development, Children & Youth to 18, Communication Devices & Apps, Computers, Tablets, Software & Apps, Learning & Literacy, Professional Development

Transcript: 060215_transcript_latest_and_greatest_2015_webinar.rtf
YouTube Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FogcFVeKopo

New Speech Generating (Communication) Device / AAC funding source in California Tuesday - April 21st, 2015 • 5:00PM (PST)

Learn about a new funding source for speech generating / communication devices offered by the Deaf and Disabled Telecommunications Program (DDTP) for California residents who qualify. Join us to learn the eligibility requirements, the types of equipment offered, and a broad overview of the DDTP. The DDTP is considered a funder of last resort after applicable public and private insurance.

Presenters: Tyrone Chin, Senior Analyst, California Public Utilities Commission & Linda Gustafson, Program and Project Supervisor CPUC

Location: Blackboard Collaborate Webinar Platform

Tags: AT Basics, AT Professional Development, Computers, Tablets, Software & Apps, Disability Specific, Funding

Transcript: 042115_transcript_sgd-application-process_webinar.doc
YouTube Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ahH4qVxzRMQ

Communication Technology for Toddlers Wednesday - February 18th, 2015 • 1:00PM (PST)

This training webinar will address the following questions:

What is AAC, Alternative and Augmentative Communication?

What technologies are available to help young children?

What prerequisite skills are required for young children to benefit from an AAC system?

What can I do with this Ipad/Android Tablet to help my child communicate?

Is funding for Speech Generating Devices (SGD) available?

Where can I get an AAC Evaluation?

Presenters: Jamie Crum, Med, ECSE, has over 22 years experience removing barriers for individuals with complex communication, physical access and developmental disabilities. He has presented at international and local conferences on assistive technology, education and augmentative alternative communication (AAC) systems. Jamie strives to find creative solutions for families, support staff, and programs as they support individuals with complex communication needs.

Location: Blackboard Collaborate Webinar Platform

Tags: AT Professional Development, Children & Youth to 18, Communication Devices & Apps, Computers, Tablets, Software & Apps, Evaluation & Assessment

Transcript: 021815_transcript_communication_technology_webinar.doc
YouTube Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pYRhZL1q0pA&feature=youtu.be

Latest & Greatest: New Devices & Software for 2014 Thursday - May 15th, 2014 • 1:30PM (PST)

Interested in what?s new, and what?s next in the area of Assistive Technology? Didn?t get a chance to get to any AT conferences this year? This archived webinar highlighted the trends in assistive technology, with new and upcoming tools explored in the areas of wearable technology and independent living. Debbie and Janet explored what?s new in the world of Chrome and Apple-compatible products.

Presenters: Debbie Drennan and Janet Nunez, PHP iTECH Center

Location: Blackboard Collaborate Webinar Platform

Tags: AT Product Demonstrations, Communication Devices & Apps, Computers, Tablets, Software & Apps

Transcript: 51514_ATN_CC.doc
YouTube Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TC79DWiRYrg

Using Technology to Stay On Time, On Task, and Organized Tuesday - November 19th, 2013 • 6:30PM (PST)

"Many students and adults struggle with productivity skills -- the ability to effectively managetime, get started, stay focused, organize, plan, and analyze problems. Merely ""trying harder"" won't help, but ""trying different"" can.

This archived webinar demonstrated how technology, coupled with appropriate strategies, can improve these executive function skills. Demonstrations will include tools to help:

Monitor and manage use of time
Keep to-do lists from becoming not-done lists
Reduce visual, auditory, and internal distractions
Organize physical materials and digital information so they are ""findable""
Break large projects and problems into manageable chunks"

Presenters: Shelley Haven, ATP, RET Assistive Technology Consultant - Technology to Unlock Potential

Location: Blackboard Collaborate Webinar Platform

Tags: AT Product Demonstrations, Computers, Tablets, Software & Apps, Learning & Literacy

Transcript: 091913EverydayTechnologyCC.rtf
YouTube Video: http://youtu.be/WyccCXY39ts

Everyday Technology for Learning Differences: Use the Tools You Already Have Thursday - September 19th, 2013 • 6:30PM (PST)

"From computers to smartphones to e-readers, kids today are immersed in technology. This webinar will demonstrate howto take advantage of familiar technology to compensate for learning challenges, capitalize on learning strengths, and reducetime and effort spent on school work. Through live demonstrations, participants will learn how everyday tech ?word processors, Web browsers, consumer electronics, and more ? can assist students who struggle with reading, writing,notetaking, math, organization, time management, and attention.

Presentation highlights include:

Underutilized features in Microsoft Word and other popular programs
Learning supports built into the Mac and Windows operating systems
Apps that turn mobile devices (Apple iDevices, Android) into portable learning assistants)
Alternative uses for consumer electronics (MP3 player, camera, voice recorder, smartpen)
Add-ons, Web resources, and cloud drives to configure an Internet browser as an online study tool"

Presenters: Shelley Haven, ATP, RET Assistive Technology Consultant - Technology to Unlock Potential

Location: Blackboard Collaborate Webinar Platform

Tags: AT Product Demonstrations, Computers, Tablets, Software & Apps

Transcript: 091913EverydayTechnologyCC.rtf
YouTube Video: http://youtu.be/4tHEAbWgE5w

Affordable High-Speed Internet, Computers, and Education (CETF) Hosted by AT Network Thursday - May 30th, 2013 • 3:00AM (PST)

"If your organization serves low-income individuals who can't afford to subscribe to the Internet at home or to purchase a computer, learn about how they may be eligible to receive low-cost broadband services and/or computers:

Connect2Compete (C2C) is a national non-profit organization working on Digital Inclusion strategies and delivering affordable high-speed Internet, computers, education and training to low-income families and individuals.

For more information on these offers, please go to http://www.connect2compete.org/

Topic: Assistive Technolog"

Presenters: CETF and Connect2Compete and Hosted by AT Network

Location: Blackboard Collaborate Webinar Platform

Tags: Computers, Tablets, Software & Apps

YouTube Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z8tLoal23II

AT Latest and Greatest 2013 Thursday - May 16th, 2013 • 1:30PM (PST)

"Participants learned the latest advances in assistive technology in the follwoing areas:

Safety
iPad accessories
Alternative computer access
Digital Text and UDL
Upcoming ""cool"" stuff"

Presenters: Debbie Drennan and Janet Nunez, Parents Helping Parents iTECH Center

Location: Blackboard Collaborate Webinar Platform

Tags: AT Product Demonstrations, Communication Devices & Apps, Computers, Tablets, Software & Apps

YouTube Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aF2lt60cIPo&feature=youtu.be

Freeware: 50 Fabulous Freebies for Fun and Function Wednesday - January 4th, 2012 • 1:30PM (PST)

Many people do not realize that assistive technology is a continuum of devices and tools, from low-tech to high-tech. However, everyone agrees that the right assistive technology tools can provide a person with a disability the opportunity for increased independence and access to their community. This presentation will focus on low-tech and free tools that are available for older students and adults with developmental disabilities. This presentation will provide the attendees with resources and ideas for 50 free or low-cost assistive technology tools they can implement quickly. The areas of focus are: scheduling, communication, cooking, accessibility to the computer and the internet, and tools for fun.

Presenters: Debbie Drennan and Janet Nunez, Parents Helping Parents iTECH Center

Location: Blackboard Collaborate Webinar Platform

Tags: Computers, Tablets, Software & Apps, Communication Devices & Apps, AT Basics

YouTube Video: http://youtu.be/VBZRD-YZN7U

Reading and Writing Solutions, Tips and Tricks Tuesday - October 25th, 2011 • 1:30PM (PST)

Reading and Writing Solutions, tips and tricks including, great low tech tools, software and apps. Some of the things you will learn about will include: reading support tools such as visual and auditory supports, adapted and alternative writing tools, incredible software and helpful apps.

Presenters: Laura Simmons-Martinez, Team of Advocates Special Kids (TASK)

Location: Blackboard Collaborate Webinar Platform

Tags: Learning & Literacy, Computers, Tablets, Software & Apps, Children & Youth to 18

YouTube Video: http://youtu.be/ZXE7BhIZEIE

AT and Medicare Tuesday - May 3rd, 2011 • 1:30PM (PST)

An overview of rights under the Medicare program to Assistive Technology. Topics will include: Medicare eligibility, requests for assistive technology, the appeal process and dual eligibles (Medicare and Medi-Cal). Presented by Hillary Sklar, Disability Rights California.

Presenters: Hillary Sklar, Disability Rights California

Location: Blackboard Collaborate Webinar Platform

Tags: Funding, Law & Advocacy, Computers, Tablets, Software & Apps

YouTube Video: http://youtu.be/eWezkqfIWxw