Creating Authentic Inclusion for Students with Disabilities with Inclusion Expert & Author: Cheryl M. Jorgensen Ph.D.*
Monday, October 22, 11:30 AM
Darien Library Community Room
Students’ academic achievement, communication skills, social relationships and post-school outcomes are positively correlated to the amount of time spent in a general education classroom. Dr. Jorgensen will explain how to use instructional adaptations and technology to promote students’ active participation in general education instruction in the inclusive classroom including co-taught classes.
She’ll show examples of students in elementary, middle, and high school – all of whom have complex support needs such as intellectual disabilities, ADHD, autism, and multiple disabilities. Q&A session will follow presentation.
Assistive Technology for Reading and Writing
Thursday, November 1st, 12-2 PM
Darien Library Community Room
RSVP: email@example.com (please put AT in subject)
Darien SEPAC and Darien Library are pleased to present Assistive Technology for Reading and Writing, by NEAT assistive technology specialist, Jamie Martin. Topics will include:
- IDEA 2004 / Mandate for IEP teams to consider AT
- The difference between an AT consultation and an AT evaluation
- Understanding the low to high tech continuum of AT
- Demonstrations of specific AT tools for reading and writing
About Jamie Martin
Jamie Martin is an AT Specialist at the New England Assistive Technology (NEAT) Center in Hartford, CT. As a member of the NEAT team, he conducts consultations, evaluations, trainings, and workshops. Previously, he was an independent AT consultant, specializing in finding tech solutions for students and adults with dyslexia. He regularly gives presentations at educational conferences, including ATIA (Assistive Technology Industry Association) and IDA (International Dyslexia Association). In addition, he is an expert consultant for Understood.org, a leading website for learning and attention issues.
The New England Assistive Technology (NEAT) Center was developed after Oak Hill, our parent organization, conducted a study to determine the unmet needs of people with disabilities in Connecticut. The overwhelming response was access to assistive technology – how to find it, try it out and purchase it cost-effectively. A pilot program was launched in 1999 to determine the feasibility of the program. Over the next three years, over 6,000 people with disabilities, their families and the professionals who work with them let us know we were most definitely meeting a need. Since NEAT was finally established in 2002, we have been serving tens of thousands of people every year through our Equipment Restoration Center (ERC), resource center, lending library, and assistive technology workshops for the entire community of disability professionals and caregivers, including educators, clinicians, therapists, healthcare professionals, disability advocates, employers and business owners.
Finding the Right Colleges for Students with Learning Differences with Dr. Michelle Berg
New date! Thursday, November 15th, 7:30 PM, Darien Library Community Room
Parents and students: Please join educational advising and placement expert Dr. Michelle Berg, who will discuss what makes a college the ‘right fit’ for a student. Discussion will include full consideration of the academic, social and emotional realms of a student’s life. Dr. Berg will also address some of the essential skills students need when transitioning to college including how to manage anxiety during the application process and beyond. Dr. Berg specializes in working with students who have learning differences.