Topic: Discussion: Technology Applications that Expand Availability of Universal as well as Intensive Technical Assistance
Date: Monday, November 19, 2012
Time: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM Eastern / 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Central / 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Mountain / 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Pacific
Jay Gense, Director
National Consortium of Deaf Blind
Dr. Jay Gense is Director of the National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness (NCDB) w,th the Teaching Research Institute at Western Oregon University. Previously, he was Director of Low Incidence Programs at the Oregon Department of Education, administering statewide services for students with vision impairments, hearing impairments, deaf-blindness, and autism spectrum disorders.
Jay and his wife Marilyn have written and presented throughout the country on assessment and program development for students with low incidence disabilities. Their book, Autism Spectrum Disorders and Visual Impairment: Meeting Student’s Learning Needs (2005, AFB Press, NY), was the recipient of the Outstanding National Publication Award from AER’s Education Curriculum Division.
Audrey Desjarlais, Signetwork Coordinator
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This hour will be spent in facilitated “conversation and dialogue” in consideration of technology applications that expand availability of universal as well as intensive technical assistance. Building on last month’s “distance mentorship” presentation by Jon Harding (NCDB), we will consider: a) some organizational opportunities available through the uses of technology to deliver TA; and, b) explore critical challenges associated with such. Together, we will explore possible solutions to address identified challenges in an effort to expand both individual and collective thinking about options and strategies to improve delivery of TA for kids and families, and those that serve them.