Event Roundup | All the Best Bits from ATIA 2017

Didn’t make it to ATIA 2017 the other week in sunny Orlando? No fear - Sonocent are here with a roundup of all the best assistive technology presentations from the conference.

 

7 standout presentations at ATIA 2017

PRESENTATION 1  

Note-taking Technology Supports Across Platforms for High School and College

What was it all about?

This session looked at note-taking technology and how it can be used in secondary and post-secondary classrooms to support students of all abilities.

Tools covered included special pens, iPad apps, Mac software, PC software, browser apps, and tablet software.

Full session description and handouts

 

Key quotes

“Sonocent is a groovy little tool that I’ve recently added to our arsenal and have been absolutely delighted with.”

"Every time a student performs a task, it is a juggling act. Most students are able to juggle several of those balls automatically. But for a student with a disability those are all conscious, effortful things that they are doing. So if they are juggling six balls, something is going to drop."

About the speakers

Patricia BahrPatricia Bahr

Director of the Iowa Center for Assistive Technology Education and Research (ICATER) in the College of Education, University of Iowa

Full profile and contact details

 

Amanda LewisAmanda Lewis

Doctoral student in school psychology / graduate assistant at the Iowa Center for Assistive Technology Education and Research (ICATER), University of Iowa

Full profile and contact details

 

What our team said

“It was very insightful to see the options available as AT for note taking. Even more useful were the live demonstrations of the products and the audience engagement. Patricia and Amanda ran the session superbly and had the audience completely engaged”

Amer Latif VP of Sales at Sonocent

Amer Latif

VP of Sales

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PRESENTATION 2

Ironing out the Wrinkles: Making Smoother Transitions to Higher Education

What was it all about?

With research from National Council on Disabilities showing that just 34% of 4-year students with disabilities graduate from their program, providing effective transition services to these students is imperative.

This joint presentation took up the theme and looked at ways in which two universities are working to smooth the path into higher education for their students.

Full session description and handouts

 

Key quotes

"Students with disabilities report resistance from faculty and staff members in obtaining the reasonable accommodations. Two-thirds of students with disabilities do not receive the services that they need (Inside Higher Ed)."

“Before we piloted Sonocent, zero-percent of our students were happy with the notes they were getting. At the end of the pilot, eighty-percent felt that they had ‘decent to good’ notes.”

About the speakers

Jessi Wright, AT Specialist, University of Alabama

Jessi Wright

AT Specialist, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Full profile and contact details

 

Brittany Valdez

Assistive Technology Specialist, West Virginia Assistive Technology System

Full profile and contact details

 

What our team said

“Jessi’s knowledge and passion for the struggles students face in transitioning to HE made this a great session to attend. It was also great to hear her feedback on how and why the Sonocent pilot worked at University of Alabama.”

Amer Latif VP of Sales at SonocentAmer Latif

VP of Sales

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PRESENTATION 3

Breaking out the AT Toolkit: A Hands-on Experience

What was it all about?

This morning segment of a full-day interactive session provided a valuable insight into how one of the most diverse districts in the country enables students in special education to access the curriculum without barriers.

Full session description and handouts

 

About the speakers

Lindsey Huntley, NYC DoELindsey Huntley

Speech Supervisor, NYC Department of Education

Full profile and contact details

Maricris Formoso-Santos AT Supervisor, NYCDOEMaricris Formoso-Santos

AT Supervisor, NYCDOE Center for Assistive Technology

Full profile and contact details

Loreto Dumitrescu AT Evaluator, NYCDOELoreto Dumitrescu

AT Evaluator, NYCDOE Center for Assistive Technology

Full profile and contact details

Mylene Matro AT Evaluator, NYCDOEMylene Matro

AT Evaluator, NYCDOE Center for Assistive Technology

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What our team said

“This talk from NYC DOE focused on some amazing students, teachers, and support teams. It was packed with examples of where AT has been carefully selected, collaboratively implemented, and has made a huge difference for the students.”

Jenni Morgan, Head of Marketing at SonocentJenni Morgan

Head of Marketing


 

PRESENTATION 4

Assistive Technology in College: On the Path to UDL

What was it all about?

This presentation covered how the popularity of iOS devices has “changed the concept from accessibility to universal design”.

Delegates received an overview of what UDL is and what tools exist to assist high school and college students with and without disabilities.

Full session description and handouts

 

About the speaker

Bogdan Zamfir Coordinator of Adaptive Technology, Southern Connecticut State UniversityBogdan Zamfir

Coordinator of Adaptive Technology, Southern Connecticut State University

Full profile and contact details

 

What our team said

“Bogdan expertly explored the shift of assistive technologies from merely acting as an ‘add-on’ to universal tools, such as iOS, that have fundamentally transformed notions of accessibility in education.”

Freddie Hammond, CSE at SonocentFreddie Hammond

Client Services Executive

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PRESENTATION 5

How To Promote AT To Students Across Departments And Beyond Disability Services

What was it all about?

Continuing the UDL theme, this presentation revealed how the University of Central Florida (UCF) worked with academic services and the athletics department to widen access to literacy and note-taking software - beyond disability support services.

Request presentation handouts: better-notes@sonocent-usa.com

Key quotes:

“The genius behind Sonocent is that it takes your recording and breaks it into individual phrases, so it's not just one long timeline. That right there for me is a game changer, because I was used to having to listen to long lectures again without knowing where to find the key information."

About the speaker

Brad Held Accessible Technology Coordinator, UCFBrad Held

Accessible Technology Coordinator, University of Central Florida (UCF)

Contact email: Brad.Held@ucf.edu

 

What our team said

“Brad’s presentation provided a very detailed picture of UCF and their issues with regards to accommodations. It was very interesting to hear about the strategic implementation of TextHelp and Sonocent as study tools for all students, following UDL principles.”

Amer Latif Veep of Sales, SonocentAmer Latif

VP of Sales

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PRESENTATION 6

Trialling Sonocent: The Sonocent Pilot Journey And Why It Worked For The University Of North Florida

What was it all about?

In this session, Edward Zirkle, Educational Coordinator at the University of North Florida’s Disability Resource Center, talked about why he decided to pilot Sonocent software for note-taking.

Delegates learned how the pilot worked, the support he received, and the results that prompted the university to widen access to the software.

Request presentation handouts: better-notes@sonocent-usa.com

Key quotes:

“Sonocent offers an alternative note-taking process. It gives students the opportunity to take notes more easily", Edward Zirkle

"Sonocent is a wonderful system that I would recommend and use in the future", Student who trialed the software

About the speaker

Edward Zirkle Educational Coordinator, Disability Resource Center, UNFEdward Zirkle

Educational Coordinator, Disability Resource Center, University of North Florida

Contact email: Edward.zirkle@unf.edu  

 

What our team said

“It was fantastic to hear Ed speak about how UNF went about piloting Sonocent. But my personal highlight was hearing from two students who the software has helped and learning how student feedback was central to UNF’s decision to roll out the software more widely.”

Jenni Morgan, Head of Marketing, SonocentJenni Morgan

Head of Marketing

 

Discover more about piloting Sonocent at your institution

 

PRESENTATION 7

Trialling Sonocent: How To Train Students And Create A Culture Of Learning Independence

What was it all about?

In this session, delegates learned how University of Maine created learning independence for students with disabilities by implementing Sonocent software for note taking.

Topics included the training put in place to ensure students were able to use Sonocent effectively for note taking and other core study skills.

Request presentation handouts: better-notes@sonocent-usa.com

Key quotes:

"We wanted students to improve and increase their capacity to listen and to learn by engaging actively through listening."

"Sonocent is an excellent tool for students who don't find receiving notes from peer notetakers effective for learning."

About the speaker

Sara Henry Director of Disability Support Services, University of MaineSara Henry

Director of Disability Support Services, University of Maine

Contact email: shenry@maine.edu

 

What our team said

“Sara provided an in-depth insight into how to effectively train students and get them up and running with Sonocent software. By conducting group training sessions, the university gave students the confidence to use the software in class immediately and to see the benefits sooner.”

Jenni Morgan, Head of Marketing, SonocentJenni Morgan

Head of Marketing

 

Discover more about piloting Sonocent at your institution

 

Finally… our favorite photos from ATIA 2017

Sonocent at ATIA 2017 Ed Zirkle UNF Sonocent Presentation Sonocent stand at ATIA 2017
Dave Tucker CEO of Sonocent LLC Sonocent turns 10 years old at ATIA 2017 Sonocent 10 year Birthday Party
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Sonocent Audio Notetaker Stand Amer Latif and Ed Zirkle Brad Held UCF Poster Session at ATIA
Amer Latif Sonocent Demo Sonocent Lunch and Learn Brad Held Presenting at ATIA2017

Jul 19

@siuc2001 Thanks for the reminder Jason. 1st clue just posted. More to follow later or tomorrow. Hope you enjoy the hunt 😊

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