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NEWS ADVISORY: “Students with Disabilities Demonstrate Technologies that Improve Their Access to Education”

MEDIA ADVISORY

Students with Disabilities Demonstrate Technologies that Improve Their Access to Education

 “Inclusion Requires Participation” event co-sponsored by Pace University’s School of Education to be held Saturday, Apr. 27

New York, NY — Apr. 23 — A group of New York City students with disabilities will conduct a conference on Saturday, April 27 supported by the ARISE Coalition and Pace University’s School of Education to illustrate the value of Assistive Technologies in education.

The event, “Inclusion Requires Participation,” will consist of student-run demonstrations on effective technology solutions for addressing learning, communication, and physical challenges in the classroom.

Achieving successful inclusion requires both educational insight and adaptive tools to make classroom activities accessible to students with disabilities. Assistive Technologies and Alternative Augmentative Communication devices have radically altered educational perceptions as to who can be a learner, and the goal of this event is to acknowledge real students who have benefited from those technologies.

WHO: Educators, therapists, parents, advocates, and students interested in assistive technologies

WHAT: Inclusion Requires Participation: Student Demonstrations of Assistive Technology Solutions for Learning, Communication, and Physical Challenges

Some of the presentations by students will address the following topics:

•           Accessible Literacy Materials for Emerging Readers

•           Alternative Output Tools for Writing Challenges

•           Note-taking Tools for Auditory Processing Challenges

•           iPad-based Communication Apps for Nonverbal Children

•           Math and Computer Access Supports for Physical Challenges

•           Voice Dictation Tools on the Computer and the Web

•           Cloud-Based Tools which Address many Learning Challenges

•           Apps for Transitions, ADL’s, and Behavioral Supports

The conference will include a student round table discussion on the importance of assessment, training, and integration of technology for inclusion. Local agencies will also be on hand to provide more detailed information on free assistive technology services and supports.

DATE/TIME: Saturday, April 27, 8:30 – 3:00 pm

LOCATION: Pace University, New York City campus, Student Union on B-level, One Pace Plaza, New York, NY.

REGISTRATION: This is a free event, but due to limited seating capacity, it requires registration. To register, please visit http://cognitechcafe.com/styled-6/contact-form/index.php, contact Mark Surabian at ATHelp@me.com, or call (917) 586-8000.

Media contact: Bill Caldwell, Pace, 212-346-1597, wcaldwell@pace.edu.

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