2009 AT Institute



Welcome to the Family Center on Technology and Disability's 2009 Institute on Assistive Technology. We're pleased that you've chosen to participate. The FCTD Institute is intended to serve as a knowledge-sharing, collaborative learning experience. We hope that the information shared throughout the course of the discussion will enhance your ability to provide assistive technology (AT) information, materials and services to the children and families with whom you work.

Throughout the course of the Institute you can pose questions for our moderators, share best practices, and explore opportunities for collaboration. Most of the materials and information which will be provided to you and your colleagues have been created without intellectual property rights restrictions, so that you can use them with your own target audiences.

The Institute is not a passive experience. We welcome posts from all participants at any AT knowledge level. Please remember that your continued input makes for a richer discussion. We have found that the greatest source of information comes from participants, sharing observations and experiences, stories of success and of creative failure.

If you have not received the Institute booklet please click here to download a pdf version. The booklet contains instructions for the Web interface, course objectives, expert bios and perspectives and recommended resources.

2009 AT Institute - Accessible Instructional Materials
WMA, DAISY, BRF. Do you find digital media options bewildering? You aren't alone. Navigating the world of accessible instructional materials can be confusing. From file formats to players to digital conversion and play-back, how does one make sense of it all? This strand of the FCTD's online summer institute will explain and explore the world of accessible media, including the laws designed to get instructional materials into the hands of students with print disabilities. Participants will learn about digital formats, how to find and access digital books, and about software and hardware suitable for classroom, home, and therapeutic environments.

2009 AT Institute - Social Media Tools
They're growing like topsy - Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and thousands of blogs, wikis, and related social media tools. When well used, they connect, inform, entertain, and educate. Whether you love them, hate them, or just can't be bothered, social media tools have changed the way Americans meet, communicate and collaborate. Educators and disability professionals have joined the fray, creating forums specific to their interests, including assistive and instructional technologies. If you're an experienced user of social media, we invite you to share your insights and resources. If you're quietly guarding the secret that you really have no idea what a wiki is, and Twittering..well, really; then this is the place to learn, in educator/parent/disability professional friendly language.
Family Center on Technology and Disability (FCTD)
1825 Connecticut Avenue, NW 7th Floor Washington, DC 20009-5721
phone: (202) 884-8068 fax: (202) 884-8441 email: fctd@fhi360.org
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