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Assistive Technology: Legal Mandates and Practical Solutions AA#3662

Region 2 SELA representative: Christan Schrader– cschrader@bhased.org

November 21, 2019
8:30am – 3:30pm
East Moline School District Administration Center
3451 Morton Drive
East Moline, IL 61244

Important information
* This is a free event
* Individual registration is required for all attendees
* Breakfast items will be provided
* Lunch is on your own
* CPDU’s are available
* Administrator Academy Credit are available for $15.00
* Registration closes November 19, 2019
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Registration will be from 8:00am – 8:30am

Description
This course is focused on informing and educating school staff on the topics and practices that involve the use of assistive technology in the educational environment. . From an initial review of the legal mandates for assistive technology as a component of supporting placement in the least restrictive environment to the legislation that requires the consideration of assistive technology during the IEP conference, participants will be able to identify the legal mandates and their responsibilities for compliance. In addition, this presentation will increase the knowledge of school staff in the practical use and range of assistive technology for improving student outcomes. By thoroughly outlining practical solutions, participants will leave with strategies for further investigation and implementation in their own school environments.

Target Audience
Superintendents, Directors/Coordinators, Principals, Assistant Principals, Special Education Teachers

*This workshop is being funded by an ISBE Discretionary Grant.

Speakers
Christina Sepiol: Christina Sepiol, J.D. Ed.D, is currently the Assistant Superintendent for Student Services in Indian Prairie School District 204 located in Naperville, Illinois. She has also served as an assistant director in a special education cooperative, and was legal counsel for numerous school districts throughout the State of Illinois, focusing her practice in matters related to special education, student discipline and disability rights. Her legal background also includes serving as a due process hearing officer and Section 504 hearing officer in the State of Indiana.

Her educational experiences have included teaching in the field of special education at the elementary through high school levels and serving as a building principal in an alternative day school setting. Prior to representing school districts, Dr. Sepiol represented parents whose interests were adverse to school districts. She is a member of the Illinois Bar Association and has served on the Illinois Council of School Attorney’s Committees on Special Education and the No Child Left Behind Act.

Jennifer Skalitzky: Jennifer Skalitzky is a lead trainer for UCPS-Infinitec as an Assistive Technology Facilitator since 2004. She provides evaluations and trainings across the state in the areas of Assistive Technology and Universal Design for Learning. Jennifer received a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Disorders from Eastern Illinois University and received a Master of Science in Disability and Human Development from the University of Illinois – Chicago (UIC). Her area of specialization was Rehabilitation/Assistive Technology, and she completed a Graduate Assistantship with UIC’s Assistive Technology Unit (ATU). After graduation she worked for UIC’s ATU where she supported students and adults using AAC devices. In addition, she has worked at Northwest Suburban Special Education Organization (NSSEO) as an Assistive Technology Facilitator. While there she supported the assistive technology needs of students with severe physical disabilities, students with Autism and learning disabilities. She also supported staff through trainings and the implementation of assistive technology. In the past, Jennifer has been an adjunct teacher at Lewis University and taught the undergraduate and graduate class on Assistive Technology for the Special Education Department. She has been in field for almost 20 years and loves what technology can do for all students!

An additional fee of $15.00 is required for anyone requesting the Administrator Academy Credit.
Checks for the $15.00 Administrator Academy Credit needs to be made payable to Rock Island County Regional Office of Education and is only payable on-site.
(For check writing purposes only Rock Island County Regional Office of Education, 3030 Avenue of the Cities, Moline, IL 61265

To register please visit the following page: Registration Page

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