The Arc provides a wide variety of programs to help meet the needs of the people we serve. Each year, we provide programs and services to more than 1,500 children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families, in the Lehigh Valley.
What is Assistive Technology and How Can It Help My Child
- When: Mar 14, 2018 at 6:00 pm
Guest Presenter: Heather Hamilton, Speech Language Pathologist
Assistive Technology, often referred to simply as A.T., refers to a device or service that helps improve functioning & independence for a person with a disability. Assistive technology comes in many shapes, sizes, & levels of complexity. Assistive technology that addresses a speech-related disability is called augmentative communication. Again, there are a multitude of products available. If your child has an IEP, the team must consider the use of assistive technology.
Please join us for speech language pathologist Heather Hamilton’s presentation. You will learn about:
Free technology lending libraries
Communication software applications
Autism & the iPAD to enhance communication
Assistive technology in different settings
Selecting products for specific needs
Heather will also explain the SETT Process:
S-Student E-Environment T-Tasks to be done T-Tools to achieve the tasks
The Sett Process is an evaluation tool used to assess a student’s abilities & weaknesses within various routine settings & then determine products and/or strategies to help address the student’s needs. This assessment is a collaboration between the IEP team and the AT (Assistive Technology) consultant.
Please RSVP to Ramona Neidig at email@example.com or 610-849-8076. Those who heard this presentation at the Easton Parent Support Group in January are welcome to attend if they would like a refresher or have thought of more questions. Families who have never explored assistive technology for their child are especially encouraged to attend!
Dyslexia and the IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act)
- When: Apr 07, 2018 at 10:00 am
Guest Presenter: Caitlin McAndrews, Esquire
Dyslexia is a neurobiological difference in the brain. It causes reading (decoding), spelling (encoding), and writing (composing) difficulties. It is not a sign of low intelligence or low motivation. Approximately twenty percent of the school population has dyslexia to some degree. Unfortunately, early identification is uncommon. Some students are never identified even though Child Find mandates that schools must identified and assess students with suspected disabilities.
Dyslexia is recognized by IDEA. However, IDEA includes dyslexia under the broader category of SLD (Specific Learning Disability). Confused? Join us as Caitlin McAndrews addresses some of the controversy and “legalese” surrounding dyslexia. Ms. McAndrews is an attorney with McAndrews Law Offices. She has presented on special education topics across multiple state as well as for national organizations. In the summer of 2017, she presented at Dyslexia Days, a four-day advocacy gathering held on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. At this event, Ms. McAndrews also moderated a youth panel in which five young people ages 12-18 shared their experiences with dyslexia in school.
This workshop is free for parents and professionals, but you must pre-register. A minimum of 10 attendees are needed for this presentation to occur. Please RSVP to Ramona Neidig at 610-849-8076, Ext. 325 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Parents who register should indicate whether their child has a 504 plan or an IEP.
Can’t attend? The following paperback is well worth purchasing:
Dyslexia Advocate: How to Advocate for a Child with Dyslexia within the Public School System
by Kelli Sandman-Hurley (Jessica Kingsley Publishers)