Deadline: Tue, Oct 15, 2013

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Brenda Mahoney
PHONE:(517) 373-6265

Assistive Technology Evaluations Workshop

Fri, Nov 1, 2013 - Sat, Nov 2, 2013
Livonia, MI

Event Location:
Schoolcraft College
18600 Haggerty Road
Livonia, MI 48152
Time(s): Start Time 8:15 AM
End Time 3:30 PM
Other Time(s): Second day times are 8:30am until 12:00pm.
Cost(s): $45.00 Save to Calendar Save to Calendar

SCECHs?: Yes

Event Description:

Determining the AT needs of students with visual impairments can be a daunting task for vision educators with limited technology experience and for assistive technology specialists with limited knowledge of visual disabilities. The objective of this presentation by Ike Presley is to provide information about conducting an assistive technology assessment of students who are blind or visually impaired. 


      Participants will be able to identify four major activities in which technology assists people who are blind or have low vision

      Participants will be able to identify the three most widely used adaptations for accessing electronic information

      Participants will be able to identify the background information needed to complete a comprehensive assistive technology assessment

      Participants will be able to identify techniques and strategies used to evaluate effective technology tools to meet the needs of people who are blind or have low vision


George Isaac “Ike” Presley is the current National Project Manager at the American Foundation for the Blind in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.  Since joining AFB in 1999 he has developed the curriculum for and presented numerous professional development courses for service providers working with adults and youths who are blind or visually impaired.  Mr. Presley is co-author of the book, Assistive Technology for Students Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired: A Guide to Assessment, and authored the chapter, “The Impact of Assistive Technology: Assessment and Instruction for Children and Youths with Low Vision,” in Foundations of Low Vision: Clinical and Functional Perspectives.  He has taught courses in the teacher preparation program at Georgia State University on assistive technology for students who are blind or visually impaired and given national and international presentations on this topic.  Before coming to AFB he served as an assistive technology specialist with the Georgia Department of Education's project for assistive technology.  Between 1994 and 1999 he conducted assistive technology assessments of students with visual impairments throughout the state of Georgia and provided training to educators on the use of recommended technologies. He gained experience teaching the use of assistive technology to adults who are blind or visually impaired between 1990 and 1994 at the Georgia Sensory Rehabilitation Center in Atlanta.  Mr. Presley started his professional career as a teacher of the visually impaired and taught for eleven years in the Metro Atlanta area serving from both the itinerant model and a high school resource room after receiving his Master’s degree from Florida State University in 1978.

This one-and-a-half-day workshop will take place at Schoolcraft College in Livonia, Michigan on Friday, November 1, 2013 from 8:15 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. and Saturday, November 2, 2013 from 8:30 a.m. until noon.  The registration fee for this special event is only $50.00 and includes lunch on the first day.  

MDE-LIO has applied for SCECHs and ACVREP credits for this workshop.

Registration closes October 15, 2013.  Don’t wait!  Seating is limited.