AT expo and training the way of the future 2021. Expo logo is a map of the United States with Massachusetts highlighted. There are pinned people across the states representing the connection of people through Assistive Technology.
September 17th

September 17th
8:30 am - 4:30pm
Eastern Time Zone

NO TRAVEL NEEDED

NO TRAVEL NEEDED

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LEARN & NETWORK

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About the Event

Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission, MassMATCH and Easterseals have collaborated to offer you this FREE Assistive Technology Training and Expo.

Target Audience:
People with disabilities of all ages, their family members, professionals working with such individuals with disability and anyone interested in learning about assistive technology.

Training Sessions:
Workshop format will consist of hour long training sessions exploring Assistive Technology devices and services for people with a wide range of disabilities. The focus will be on AT for employment, education and community living. See complete session schedule in the agenda section.

AT expo:
The Expo component of the event will highlight approximately 20 vendors/providers of assistive technology products and services in the areas of hearing, learning, motor and visual impairments.

Registration:
Anyone interested in participating must register to receive the confirmation email and other details. All are welcome.

Cost FREE!!
There will be a leadership board aspect of the event. Prizes will be provided to the top 2 participants.

Event Agenda

8:30-9:00

Exhibition hall

9:00-10:00

Keynote speaker

Speaker Image Dr. Therese Willkomm, Ph.D.
Dr. Therese Willkomm, Ph.D., is the Director of New Hampshire’s State Assistive Technology Program with the Institute on Disability at the University of New Hampshire (UNH) She is known nationally and internationally for her innovative strategies for creating solutions in minutes. She has designed and fabricated over two thousand solutions for individuals with disabilities. She has presented her work in 42 states, ten foreign countries, and three U.S. Territories and has authored over 22 publications including her recent book Assistive Technology Solutions in Minutes Book 3: - “Make Stuff and Love People”.

10:15-11:15

Session one

Option 1: Microsoft - Intro to Assistive Accessibility in Microsoft 365

This course is designed to introduce the attendees to the most frequently utilized accessibility features across Windows 10, Microsoft teams and office applications. This course is intended as a high level overview of the accessibility features for those with Hearing, Vision and Neurodiversity needs.

Option 2: Cognitopia -Getting Serious About Self-Determination with Tools that Build Autonomy

The goal of this session is to introduce attendees to the many ways in which Cognitopia enables users to more effectively manage school, work, and daily living. From self-directed IEP meetings, to multimedia routines that support task completion and goal accomplishment, to digital training portfolios on any topic, Cognitopia offers a versatile set of self-management tools to support effective self-advocacy.

11:30 - 12:30

Session two

Option 1: New England Low Vision - “Top Low Vision Technology for Employment, Educators and Seniors”

Learn how to easily organize the diverse options of what Low Vision Technology to consider and Why.

Option 2: Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing- Successfully integrating Deaf, hard of hearing and late deafened employees into your workplace

It is estimated that approximately 1.3 million individuals with some degree of hearing loss live in Massachusetts. Of these, many will be active in the workforce and may require their employers to provide reasonable accommodations. This session will focus on what employers need to know in order to successfully integrate any employee who is Deaf, or has a hearing loss, into their teams.

12:30 - 1:30

Lunch and exhibition hall

1:30- 2:30

Session three

Option 1: Attainment Company - AAC Tips to Communicate in Home, School, and Community

Come to this dynamic session! Ideas, tools, and strategies to assist students with complex communication needs to participate in home, school and community settings will be shared. Through video, you’ll see the impact of incorporating best practices and research-based tools throughout your day. Communication is the act of conveying messages from one person to another. Empower communication partners too.

Option 2: Oak Hill - 5 Smart Technologies for a more Accessible workspace

Finding creative solutions is crucial for an accessible workspace. Fortunately, there are many emerging, smart technology options in today’s fast paced world that greatly impact workspace independence. Participants will take part in an exploration of five smart technologies that make a workspace more accessible by ensuring a comfortable environment, better task management, enhancing communication and more. Specifically, a closer look at support from virtual assistants, automation, smart lighting, etc. The presenter will also discuss feature matching and the considerations process for choosing smart devices that make an individual feel more confident and supported.

2:45- 3:45

Session four

Option 1: Easterseals, MA - Client testimony

This training will highlight individuals with disabilities and the technology they use to work, live and play. They will review and demonstrate how they use technology with opportunity for questions at the end of the sessions.

Option 2: Easterseals, MA - Requesting Accommodations in the Workplace

This workshop will provide participants with an overview of workplace accommodations, the law that supports workplace accommodations, the employers responsibility to provide accommodations, and the role of the employee to request accommodations and disclose their disability and disability- related needs.

3:45 - 4:30

Exhibition Hall

Frequently Asked Questions

This expo is FREE. Your registration gets you full access to the AT expo, and all open training sessions listed in the agenda, including session playback.
Yes, you’ll need to register for this FREE online event. Simply follow the link at the top of the page and submit your information. Then you’ll receive an email confirming your registration for the event.
There is no physical location for the expo and training. It will be held virtually, and you can join from the comfort of your home or office. You can PREVIEW the virtual symposium site for up to a month before the event.
No. Attendees will simply use the event URL and the email address they registered with to participate. All resources are accessible by clicking on links within a web page – no software to download.
Reasonable accommodations will be provided to participants that register by August 15th. The registration form will have a spot that allows participants to check which accommodation they require such as ASL and CART services.
Registered attendees will receive login information via email prior to the event.
Yes, the conference will be recorded and available through October 31, 2021. Important: Some recorded sessions will not be available.
Massachusetts time zone - Eastern Time Zone (ET)
Attendees earn points for participation and those with the highest participation will have a chance to win a prize. For example, 100 points for completing the primary conference survey accessible via the platform menu bar, 200 points to log in to the event, 500 points for watching a session 200 points for visiting each vendor

Leaderboard Points
  • 100 points Completing training conference survey
  • 200 pointsLog in to the event
  • 200 points for visiting vendor booths (each booth)
  • 500 points Watching a session
Attendees are eligible for 4 participation credits per person. Participation credits will only be available to those who register in advance. Individuals must be present for the entire day to be eligible for participation credits. Completed event survey must be submitted at the end of the day on September 17th, 2021, to obtain your participation certificate. Your certificate will be emailed to you within 7-10 business days.