Recorded: December 11, 2018 – Assistive Technology (AT), Accessible Educational Materials (AEM) and Universal Design for Learning (UDL) are more than just buzzwords. Alone, each are powerful supports that can benefit learners with disabilities in K-12 and Higher Education. However, when integrated in a holistic approach to learning in these environments, they are a powerful combination that promotes independence, equity, and access in ways that make sense for the learner. In this dynamic session, participants will learn about the ways that Assistive Technology, AEM, and UDL can and should be leveraged to meet the needs of all learners.
Hillary Goldthwait-Fowles, Ph,D. ATP, is the Assistive Technology Specialist for RSU 21 in Kennebunk, Maine. She is also an adjunct faculty member at the University of New England’s Graduate Programs in Online Learning, as well as the University of Maine at Farmington. Hillary is a nationally certified Assistive Technology Professional, providing consultation, training, and evaluation services to educational and other institutions in the areas of Assistive Technology, Accessible Educational Materials, and Universal Design for Learning. She has presented to educators across the country on a variety of topics, including accessibility, UDL, iPads and apps, and Chromebooks and apps. Prior to this position, she has served as an Intervention Specialist and Special Educator with 20 years of teaching experience. Hillary is most passionate about educating others about the importance of ensuring that the curriculum is accessible to all students first, rather than after it’s been developed. Hillary was awarded her Ph.D. in Education with distinction in March 2015, with a focus on Curriculum and Instruction that is centered around UDL. Her book, One Size Does Not Fit All: Equity, Access, PD, and UDL is available on Amazon, which illustrates how a one hour training in Universal Design for Learning can lead to transfer of learning and improved lesson plans. Home is where her heart truly is-with her husband, son, and stepson in Saco, Maine.
Kevin Good, M.A., M.Ed., ABD, is the Coordinator of Assistive Technology Demonstration and Consultation Center and teaches in the Special Education program at UMF. His focus in special education has resulted in various experiences including teaching, research, advocacy, and consulting. Kevin’s primary teaching and research is in assistive technology (AT), inclusive education, teacher education, academic and behavioral instructional interventions, and best practices in instruction and technology use. He has presented to educators across the country on a variety of topics, including accessibility, writing instruction, computer-based graphic organizers, innovative technology uses in the classroom, inclusive education practices, and T-PAK. Additionally, he has served the field as an editorial assistant for Exceptional Children, one of the leading research publications on Special Education topics. Prior to his present position, Kevin was a fellow at George Mason University serving under a grant from the U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs. Kevin has several years teaching experience at the k-12 level and has worked in higher education since pursuing his doctorate.
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