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AT Tryout & Access Center at CDCI

AT Tryout & Access Center at CDCI

ARCHIVED A.T. Trainings:


CDCI Communication Connections Webinar Trainings: 2010-2011

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This series of online trainings addressed the needs of teams who support individuals with significant communication challenges.

Presented by:The Center on Disability and Community Inclusion AT Tryout Center, the Vermont Assistive Technology Program and the Vermont I-Team.

  • Maureen Nevers, Augmentative and Alternative Communication Consultant for the Vermont I-Team
  • Marie MacLeod, CDCI AT Director
  • Leslie Ermolovich,CDCI AT Tryout Center Diretor
  • And other AAC professionals depending on session topic.

CDCI Communications Connections Session 5: May 18, 2011, 3:00-4:30 EST.:

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Topic: Let Me Show You! Using Modeling to Teach Language and Communication Skills

Modeling is the process of showing someone how to do something so that they can learn to do it themselves. In this one-hour webinar, we will discuss the different types of modeling, how it is can be used with a range of communication supports, and the benefits of using modeling to teach language and communication skills. Modeling is an essential instructional strategy for individuals with complex communication needs, and this webinar will give you the tools you need to effectively apply this approach.

View Session Recording: Modeling Recording 05-18-2011 Webinar Recording.

Download Session Handout in pdf format. Modeling: PDF


CDCI Communications Connections Session 4: April 6, 2011 (Presented at the Vermont Family Network Conference, Stowe, Vermont

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Topic: The Benefits of iPad Technology

The fourth session in the A.T. Communications Connections Trainings was presented at the Vermont Family Network Conference in Stowe, April 6 by Marie MacLeod, Assistive Technology Program Director, and Leslie Ermolovich, Director of the A.T. Tryout Center, at the Center on Disability and Community Inclusion, UVM.

While the iPad (or iPod Touch) is one of the latest advancements in touch screen technology, many more benefits can be seen from using the iPad among children with special needs - particularly those who struggle with motor control or communication. In this workshop, participants learned about iPad technology, how to use a variety of apps, and how it can make a difference.The links here are the Power Point presentation of this session, and the handouts.

  1. Benefits of Apps
  2. Comparison of Apps
  3. Apps for Special Ed.
  4. iPod Articles
  5. Mobile Devices Whitepaper

CDCI Communications Connections Session 3: March 16, 2011

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Topic: Partner Assisted Scanning:

Partner Assisted Scanning (PAS) is a method for accessing communication that may be used by a person who has sensory, motor or cognitive impairments that interfere with their ability to interface with communication materials. PAS can be applied to a range of communication supports, including paper-based, electronic, or spoken communication targets. This training describes when PAS may be beneficial, how to use PAS, and methods of individualizing the process

Click here to view 03/16/11 Session Recording.

  1. PAS 3 Sldies per Page Handout (18 page pdf)
  2. PAS Slides (56 page pdf)


CDCI Communications Connections Session 2: January 19, 2011

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Topic: Core Vocabulary Part 2: Implementation Strategies

Core Vocabulary is a method of selecting content to be used within a communication system. The concept of "do more with less" focuses vocabulary selection on a small set of common, high frequency, re-usable words. One goal of the Core Vocabulary approach is to teach the application of a word across activities and settings for true meaning and understanding. The aim is to decrease the quantity and increase the application for more active and independent communication using more diverse language. The simplicity of the tools can increase the available settings and partners, including participation in the general curriculum with the general education teacher.

View Session Recording: Core Vocabulary 2 01-19-2011 Webinar Recording.

Session Materials and Handouts:

  1. Core Vocabulary 2 (Powerpoint)
  2. Core Vocabulary 2 (6 slides per page pdf)


CDCI Communications Connections Session 1: December 15, 2010

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Topic: Core Vocabulary Part 1: Implementation Strategies

Core Vocabulary is a method of selecting content to be used within a communication system. The concept of "do more with less" focuses vocabulary selection on a small set of common, high frequency, re-usable words. One goal of the Core Vocabulary approach is to teach the application of a word across activities and settings for true meaning and understanding. The aim is to decrease the quantity and increase the application for more active and independent communication using more diverse language. The simplicity of the tools can increase the available settings and partners, including participation in the general curriculum with the general education teacher.

View Session Recording: Core Vocabulary 12-15-2010 Webinar Recording.

Session Materials and Handouts:

  1. Core Vocabulary 6 slides per page.pdf
  2. Core Vocabulary Full Page Slides.pdf
  3. core boards page 1.pdf
  4. core boards page 2.pdf
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