Training Archives

Most recent webinars are listed first and most are archived in the Blackboard Collaborate environment. Blackboard Collaborate is a Java application, so there will be a download to your system. You may need to manually launch the download to get it to play. (i.e. double-click on it.)

If an archived webinar does not have captions, and you need them, please email us. If you'd like to find out how you can help add captions, volunteers are welcomed.

Helping Young Children with Visual Impairments  Explore, Learn and Communicate Using the iPad

Julie Johnson and Andrea Schario, creators of the Adapted Innovation blog, present 5 apps for play, language development, and communiction, along with short videos that illustrate their use. We had a spot of techinical difficulty but you can skip ahead. START by skipping to the 5:00 min mark.

Universal Design for Learning and Teaching

What is UD? What is UDL? What does it look like in the classroom? Some great video examples at the end.

Considering AT: From Marketing to SETT

When AT is considered for students, what is driving the process? Is it the marketing messages crafted by AT producers or is it student-centered? Learn about the advantages of using the SETT Framework. Outline available.

AT Options for those with Dementia and Memory Loss

AT options are rapidly expanding for elders living at home or in facilities. AT for safety, communication, reminders, and more are covered. The handout is an important part of this event.

LiveScribe SmartPen Integration with Evernote

John Lee describes how SmartPens can be used with Evernote to view, organize, and share notes on multiple devices, and how these tools have been increasingly used as an accommodation for students with learning disabilities at CalPoly. (Note: To skip the pre-introductions, after the recording starts running, go to minute 1:14 by moving the dot on the timeline at the bottom of the screen. At minute 2:56 there is a slight technical glitch, so jump to minute 6:18 to skip that bit.) August 2013

Teach Keyboarding with UDL Methods (YouTube)

Center for Accessible Technology has been teaching all sorts of learners to touch type in two weeks. Jennifer covers the language-based approach that is fast and effective, along with kinesthetic, audio, and visual "hooks" to improve learning. (The Blackboard archive is also up and after starting, you can skip ahead to 3:15 and not miss anything.) July 2013

Evernote and Students with Learning Disabilities 

Evernote enables capture and organization of audio, pictoral, and written notes. You can read an article version of the content, view the Blackboard archive with chat window, or watch on YouTubeHandout available. June 2013

Core Vocabulary Across Everyday Settings

The right vocabulary selection can enable an individual using AAC to communicate and interact throughout the day, where ever they go, and with a variety of partners. Get the Powerpoint with links to handouts. The webinar includes this very brief video clip called The Language Stealers. May 2013

Great YouTube Video Clips on AAC

ATCoalition has found over 100 video clips that illustrate augmentative and alternative communication. They are all captioned. We show some of our favorites. Handout available.

Tips and Tools for LD Students in Higher Ed.

The system-wide director of disability services at Alliant University shares tools and tips they are using to enhance success for graduate students. The handout is here

Healthy Computing = Taking Breaks (and Tech. to Help)

Jen presents the reasons why, and tools for taking regular breaks from the computer and is of value for people who work extensively on computers, or who work with clients/students who do. (Windows & Mac.) Archive is on Blackboard and will be posted on YouTube as well.

How to Add Subtitles to Any Video Using Universal Subtitles on YouTube

Bridgett described captioning using Universal Subtitles, with the option of using the transcripts generated by YouTube to speed up the process. (Closed-Captioned)

Unusual Apps for Communication on YouTube

Jen shows us what she likes and does not like about some of the more creative AAC apps such as EZSpeech, TalkRocket, TalkforMe, Expressionist, Locabulary, Fat Cat Pirate Chat, and Functional Communication System Lite.  Handout here.

iPad Scheduling Apps

Jen covers iReward Chart Lite, Choiceworks, Video Scheduler, Pocket Picture Planner, iCommunicate, Visual Planner, TalkBoard, and some Talking Photo Apps that can be used as scheduling apps. (For best viewing, detach the audio/video panel and drag from the lower right corner to make it larger.) The presentation outline is available. (Captions almost corrected.)

YouTube Access

YouTube has options, including enlargement, a simplified interface, interactive transcripts, Captions, both on YouTube and from other sources, help for those using a screen reader, narration, and specialized content for deaf users. A handout for the session is here.  (Captioned)

Creating Access for University Students

Sean Keegan, Associate Director, Assistive Technology, directs the implementation and support of assistive technology for students and throughout the University. In addition to assistive technology, he oversees the Alternate Format Production Facility, which converts academic materials into alternate formats for students with print disabilities. Sean and Alice Wong describe how Stanford converts materials, including the tools they are using to do conversions and track the work.  (Captioned)

Simple Communication Apps for the iPad

Jen presents brief demos of two apps (Answers:YesNoHD and iComm), choice making (ChoiceBoard Creator, My Choice Board, and iCommunicate), visual scenes (SceneSpeak and Scene & Heard), visual sequencing (Pictello & Video Scheduler), sequence switch apps (TapSpeakSequence & iTalker), and PECS (Grace & Picture Can Talk). The recording started a tiny bit late but all apps are included. We are still experimenting with the Reflection app which lets you see the iPad screen but re-draws slowly. There are two great handouts: Basic Communication Apps and Basic Communication Apps Diagram.

Adding Captions to Your YouTube Videos Using Auto-Caption

We give an overview an then cover the steps for this process, for both the Mac and PC. The steps are described in detail in this brief article. A version of the PowerPoint for the presentation is here. (Our technical issue for this webinar is that the video examples of good and poor Auto-Caption do not have the sound, but we're sure you can find plenty of good and poor examples on your own.) (Captioned)

AT Breakthroughs

Alice Wershing discusses the impact of wireless, mobile, and web-based applications for students and adults with disabilities. She covers some e-text options, eye gaze technology, and the impact of social media. She shares her favorite sources of free tools and other resources. The Powerpoint is available by request.

Changing Lives in Ecuador- the CITTI Project

Bridgett Perry shares some great slides of low tech options using very low cost or free materials. Let the webinar load fully, hit the play icon and then skip in to the 27 minute mark, as the last 30 minutes are best. Then, go back to the beginning for the first 10 minutes.

My Favorite iThings

Jennifer MacDonald-Peltier shows us why the camera, maps, speak selection tool, and multi-task bar are her favorite built-in iPad apps. Then she shows us what it is about Sounding Board, Verbaly, Small Talk, Predictable, Answers:Yes No HD, and other communication apps that allow them to be used quickly with a range of students. (This is our first time using Reflections, software that allows the iPad screen to be displayed on the webinar. The redraw is a little slow but we think it's still valuable.)

Apps For Speech And Expressive Language

Lois Jean Brady, CCC SLP, has over two decades of experience working as a Speech Language Pathologist specializing in Autism Spectrum Disorder. She covers how to choose an iDevice; best practices; accessibility features, apps for speech and articulation, text to speech, expressive language and switch-access. The Powerpoint for the session is at her website.

Reading and Writing Solutions: Tips and Tricks

Reading and Writing Solutions: Tips and Tricks reviews 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. Presenter: Laura Simmons-Martinez. Captioned version here.

The iPad and Communication Transitions for Young Adults

As children who use communication devices become young adults, their environments, needs, and interests are likely to change quickly and dramatically. This webinar takes a look at how the vocabulary and equipment that they have previously used can change accordingly. Presenter: Karen Sheehan

iPad Extras: Mounts, Switches, and other Peripherals

Wondering what mounts, switches, and other peripherals to get for your iPads? Jennifer McDonald-Peltier was too. She shared what she bought, what she didn't, what she liked, and what she's learned through this process. Session outline.

Basic Web Accessibility: Understanding WCAG 2.0

As the most widely used international guidelines on web accessibility, and the basis for many federal and local standards, it's important to understand WCAG. In this webinar, Jon Mires explored the relationship between WCAG 2.0, WCAG 1.0, and Section 508.

Download transcript: Understanding WCAG 2.0

Accessible Computing: Physical Disability Accommodations over a Lifespan

Although the computer accommodation needs of children, teens, adults, and elders with physical disabilities are often comparable, the accommodation strategies can vary widely. This archived webinar provides a review of several types of technologies and discusses the age-appropriateness and relevance to people with different types of physical disabilities. Presenter: Jane Berliss-Vincent

EZ Accessibility: Making Documents Accessible

Listen in to this training as we explore specific strategies for creating accessible PDFs, Word documents, and more. This webinar is captioned. To view the captions open the archive and click the Closed-Captioning button on the top toolbar. Presenter: Jane Berliss-Vincent

Telling Our Stories: Interview with Scott Rains

In this interview Scott spoke about traveling across the globe working with the travel industry and local agencies to create accessible vacation spots. Tune in to hear about his ride on a 1KM long accessible zip line! Host: Anthony Tusler

Low- and Mid-Priced Communication Apps for the iPad

This webinar provided information about the many low ($1-15) and mid-priced ($20-60) iPad apps out there to meet the needs of people with communication difficulties. Presenter: Jennifer McDonald-Peltier

Assistive Computer Technology for Individuals with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

This webinar archive focuses on the latest technology innovations that may be useful to individuals with TBI or similar acquired cognitive disabilities. Presenter: Jane Berliss-Vincent

Video on the Web: Making Your Video Content Accessible

Are you responsible for embedding videos in your webpages? This webinar training covers everything from captioning to keyboard-accessible controls. Presenter: Jon Mires

Telling Our Stories: Sarah Triano

Anthony Tusler interviews Sarah Triano, a Disability rights activist and leader known for being dynamic, provocative, and engaging. Sarah is the Executive Director at the Silicon Valley Independent Living Center and the founder of the Chicago and West Coast Disability Rights Parades. Host: Anthony Tusler

Free Communication Apps for the iPad and iPod Touch

This training provides information on free iPad apps designed to facilitate communication. These apps range from simple to complex, from word-based to icon- or picture-based.Presenter: Jennifer McDonald-Peltier

Telling Our Stories: Lawrence Carter-Long

Don’t miss this interview with the ever-charming and irreverent Lawrence Carter-Long. Lawrence is a former New York City activist and media critic, now in Washington DC at the National Council on Disability. He created waves with DisTHIS! Film Series, Disability Through a New Lens. Host: Anthony Tusler

Technology Strategies and the Care of People with Alzheimer's

5.3 million Americans have Alzheimer's disease, and 10.9 million more are unpaid caregivers, usually family members. These numbers are likely to keep rising dramatically as the Boomer generation ages. Technology can help make life easier, both for people with Alzheimer's and for their caregivers. This webinar looked at current products specifically designed for this purpose. Presenter: Jane Berliss-Vincent

Introduction to Web Accessibility: Section 508 Compliance

This webinar is captioned. To view the captions open the archive and click the Closed-Captioning button on the top toolbar.

Increasingly, organizations are being held accountable for the accessibility of their websites. If you've heard the term "Section 508" and wondered what it referred to, or have wanted to make your organization 508 compliant but don't know how to begin to implement the standards, this is the webinar for you. Presenter: Jon Mires

iPads and High-End Communication Apps: A Comparative Overview

You've heard of Proloquo2Go? How about TouchChat? Predictable? Any other high-end communication apps? What have you heard beyond the names? What would you like to know? This webinar offers a comparative demonstration and discussion of these three and other communication apps in the $150 - $300 range. Presenter: Jennifer McDonald-Peltier

Technology to Help Postsecondary Students Who Have Learning Disabilities

Some college-age students may be receiving a learning disability diagnosis for the first time, others may not have used technology to support learning in the past, and others may need new accommodations to keep up with increased academic, workplace, and social demands. This webinar looks at common accessibility needs in the post secondary environment - reading, writing, note taking, scheduling, etc. - and suggest a range of solutions that are available on multiple platforms. Presenter: Jane Berliss-Vincent

Telling Our Stories: Christina Mills and Eli Gelardin

Anthony Tusler interviews Christina Mills, the Deputy Director of the California Foundation for Independent Living Centers and Eli Gelardin, the Executive Director of the Marin Center for Independent Living.

Free Computer AT Already in Macintosh OSX and How to Use It!

Macintosh OSX has a variety of built-in features useful to people with disabilities. This webinar shows you how to find these features and discuss what needs they can meet. It will also cover implementation issues for libraries and other public computing sites, primarily dealing with providing access while still providing security. Presenter: Jennifer McDonald-Peltier

Introduction to Assistive Technology

This webinar is captioned. To view the captions open the archive and click the Closed-Captioning button on the top toolbar.

Assistive Technology is anything that bridges a gap between the goals and aptitudes of people with disabilities. In this training, we take a look at assistive technology for use in the home, school, workplace, and community environments. Presenter: Jane Berliss-Vincent

E-Z Web Accessibility: Easy Coding Solutions to Big Accessibility Problems

Frequently, a few characters of code can make the difference between a site that's accessible and one that's a mystery. This webinar looks at common accessibility errors and how they can not only be quickly fixed on existing sites, but also incorporated into page templates. Examples of good and bad implementations are provided. Presenter: Jane Berliss-Vincent

Telling Our Stories: Cathy Kudlick

This webinar is captioned. To view the captions, open the archive and click the Closed-Captioning button on the top toolbar.

Cathy Kudlick is a history professor at UC Davis who has been actively promoting disability studies for the past fifteen years. She believes that activism and academia can nourish one another, that people with disabilities are empowered by understanding our histories while scholars draw energy and expertise from the disability community. Host: Anthony Tusler

Telling Our Stories: Alice Sheppard

Alice Sheppard is a dancer for AXIS Dance Troupe. AXIS, founded in 1987, has paved the way for a powerful contemporary dance form - physically integrated dance - performing in over sixty cities nationwide, as well as in Europe and Siberia. Host: Anthony Tusler

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Telling Our Stories: Mike Ervin

Mike Ervin is a writer and disability activist living in Chicago. He writes with humor and keen observations on disability and the day-to-day adventures and travails that come with being a wheelchair user—with an attitude. He is currently telling his stories and expressing his views on a blog with frequent posts at Host: Anthony Tusler

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iPads and Communication Apps: Making a Good Choice

People need to use augmentative/alternative technology (AAC) for a variety of reasons due to physical and/or cognitive disabilities. There is no one-size-fits-all strategy. This webinar covered some of the most common reasons people use AAC and what to look for in a communication app being selected to use on the iPad. Presenter: Jane Berliss-Vincent

iPads and Communication Apps: Making a Good Choice_Part 1 Captioned version here.

iPads and Communication Apps: Making a Good Choice_Part 2 Captioned version here.

iPads and Communication Apps: Making a Good Choice_Part 3 Captioned version here.

iPads and Communication Apps: Making a Good Choice_Part 4  Captioned version here.


iPads and Communication Apps: An Interactive Exploration

This webinar explores iPads and the many ways they can support users with disabilities, particularly those in need of Alternative and Augmentative communication tools. If you are new to the world of communication apps this is a good opportunity to learn more about apps that your nonverbal client may be using and how best to interact with them. Presenter: Jennifer McDonald-Peltier

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Free Computer AT You Already Have and How To Use It!

Popular operating systems such as Windows XP, Vista, and Windows 7 have a variety of built-in features useful to people with disabilities. This webinar shows you how to find these features and discusses what needs they can meet. It also covers implementation issues for libraries and other public computing sites, including potential conflicts with other software.
Presenter: Jane Berliss Vincent

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E-Z Web Accessibility! - Content Management Systems

Are you interested in learning how to improve the Accessibility of your website? Content management systems (CMS) make creating websites easy. Some of these have accessibility features built in, or have guidelines for addressing accessibility. This webinar looks at accessibility implementation for specific CMS packages, including Drupal, WordPress, Plone, and Joomla. Presenter: Jane Berliss-Vincent

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Using Assistive Technology for People with Autism

This presentation explores various low-, mid-, and high-tech tools that can facilitate organization, information presentation, and communication for people with Autism. Presenter: Jennifer McDonald-Peltier

Using AT for People with Autism Part 1    Captioned version here.

Using AT for People with Autism Part 2    Captioned version here.

Using AT for People with Autism Part 3    Captioned version here.

Using AT for People with Autism Part 4    Captioned version here.


Introduction to Disability and Accessibility

What is a Disability? How does having a disability impact an individual's life? If you are new to the world of disability and would like to learn more this is the webinar for you. You'll walk an hour in the shoes of someone with a disability and experience some of the frustrations and solutions. Presenter: Jim Tobias

Introduction to Disability and Accessibility_Part 1   Captioned version here.

Introduction to Disability and Accessibility_Part 2   Captioned version here.

Introduction to Disability and Accessibility_Part 3   Captioned version here.

Introduction to Disability and Accessibility_Part 4   Captioned version here.

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