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Webinar Title: Universal Design for Learning and Assistive Technology: What Do They Have in Common?

Date: Friday, May 18th 2012

Time: 1-2 pm ET (10-11 am PT)

Cost: No Charge

Presenter: Kathleen C. Sadao, Ed.D., Sacramento County Office of Education

                        Nancy B. Robinson, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, San Francisco State University

Abstract: Join Kathleen Sadao, Ed.D., and Nancy Robinson, Ph.D., two leading authors and early childhood specialists with in-depth expertise in Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and Assistive Technology (AT), who will share practical, affordable solutions that districts can implement right away. Special education directors, early childhood interventionists, and other administrators concerned with special needs will want to plan to be with us for this SPED AHEAD webinar.

    SPED Ahead

During this webinar, you will:

  • Learn the basics of UDL implementation and how to incorporate AT tools from the initial phases of classroom design.
  • Discover how to apply the AT toolkit concept for your specific school and classroom needs.
  • Hear about and see examples of AT tools to create access to the general education curriculum.
  • Understand the roles of the special educator in promoting the application of AT toolkits for curriculum supports.

Presenter Bios:

Kathleen Curry Sadao, Ed.D., is a program specialist with the Supporting Early Education Delivery Systems (SEEDS) Project, in the Sacramento County Office of Education. Her work includes developing training materials for the field and facilitating a state-level assistive technology work group creating web-based AT training products. Dr. Sadao has been in the field of early childhood special education for more than 25 years. She has traveled the Pacific Islands providing training and technical assistance to newly developed ECSE programs as a Head Start Technical Assistance consultant and later a National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center coordinator. Currently Dr. Sadao and her SEEDS Workgroup on Early Education Technology (SWEET) team have been field-testing AT training modules around the state of California.

Dr. Robinson completed her master’s degree in speech and hearing sciences at Portland State University and Ph.D. in special education at the University of Washington. Her areas of teaching, clinical practice, and research include augmentative and alternative communication (AAC); early intervention; collaborative team development; family support; and interagency systems development in remote rural areas, particularly in the Pacific Islands. In 2007, she received the CSHA District 1 Outstanding Achievement Award for her clinical service, teaching in communicative sciences and disorders, research and publication, administrative service, and service to CSHA. Dr. Robinson co-directs a four-year federal grant with Dr. Gloria Soto to support specialized graduate study in AAC, Project CLLASS.

Sadao and Robinson are the authors of new book "Assistive Technology for Young Children, Creating Inclusive Learning Environments (Brookes Publishing, ISBN 978-1-59857-091-5. A promo code will be provided to webinar participants for a 20% discount on purchase of this book.