Conference Program 2018-04-05T13:09:08-07:00

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EVIDENCE FOR SUCCESS – Combined Disability Conference

July 8–10, 2018; We-Ko-Pa Resort and Conference Center, Scottsdale

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Unless otherwise noted, preconference workshops take place on Sunday, July 8th from 9:00 am –  4:00 pm.  Advance registration required

Oh EYE Understand It Now!” Visual Supports for Those with Autism and Other Disabilities (Mo Buti)

Less Struggle, More Success: AT Solutions for the 1 in 5 Students with Learning and Attention Challenges (Shelley Haven)

Beyond 90/90/90: Developing & Using Seating & Mobility Systems to Support Task Engagement and Functional Use of AT Systems for Students with the Most Complex Bodies (Karen Kangas)

The Nuts and Bolts of Diagnosing Autism in Arizona (Sydney Rice & Catherine Riley) This workshop runs from 1:00 – 5:00 pm and is targeted to physicians and nurse practitioners, but other professional may also register.


Arielle Silverman, Ph.D., is a consultant working to promote a fuller understanding of the disability experience. Her trainings are designed to help service providers shed misconceptions and build comfort interacting with people who have a variety of disabilities. Arielle received her doctorate in social psychology from the University of Colorado Boulder in 2014, where she studied disability culture and public attitudes toward people with disabilities. She is also blind since birth and has worked as an advocate and mentor for others who are blind. Her trainings reflect both her professional and personal experiences with disability. She grew up in Arizona, but now resides in the metro DC area.

Arielle Silverman

Arielle Silverman







Snoopi Botten is a writer and musician born with cerebral palsy, has never let anything stop him. His favorite line is, “If you can’t do it one way, you can always do it another.” At the age of 8, when everyone insisted that he was too young to learn to type, he fought for the right to take a typing class that was only for ages 12 and up. By age 9, he was recognized as the youngest person in the world to do art using a typewriter. At age 12, he made front page news for teaching others how to use a computer terminal. By age 16, his first book of poetry was published. He also started writing for a monthly newsletter and still writes today.  At age 18 he didn’t want to graduate because special education taught him less than half of what regular kids were learning. So taking the hard road, he dropped out of school, studied, and passed his G.E.D. In his adult life, Snoopi is self taught. His priority is music as he programs communication devices to sing.

Snoopi Botten

Snoopi Botten








Beth Keeton, MS

Chelie Nelson, Ph.D.

Rob Corso

NOTE: The AT-related breakout sessions are organized by primary strand. Many sessions may be applicable to more than one strand. Conference attendees can go to any session regardless of the track they registered for!


  • AAC Implementation – Parent Buy-In (Del Monte, Roher, Gellman & Montoya)
  • ACES West: Augmentative Communication and Empowerment Supports (Steele & West)
  • Complicated Sensory Systems Accessing AAC – A Data Driven Approach (Conaster, Del Monte, Norris)
  • Creating a Comprehensive Communication Classroom – Part 1 (Odom, Jacoby & Predebon)
  • Creating a Comprehensive Communication Classroom – Part 2 [Make and Take] (Odom, Jacoby & Predebon)
  • High Tech SGDs and IFTT( If This Then That): We Can Control Anything! (Binko and Legaspi)
  • Movement, Motivation and Mastery of AAC: A Co-Treat Approach (Del Monte & Conaster)
  • One District’s Approach to Using Embedded Technology to Accommodate Students in the Classroom (Lukert & Cutler)
  • Self-Advocacy with AAC users and more! (Howard)
  • Switch Wars: Building a Galaxy of Competent Switch Scanners (Allen & Legaspi)
  • There’s No “I” in AAC: Creating Successful Teacher-Therapist Collaboration (Pearson)
  • Unlock, Implement, Succeed! You may already have the Key! (Jacoby & Steel)

K-12 Education

  • Show Your Work: Digital Grid Paper, Equation Editors, Graphing Calculators, and Other Tools to Write and Draw Math (Haven)
  • A Thoughtful Assistive Technology Implementation (Flanigan & Dotseth-Hall)
  • A Thoughtful Assistive Technology Process (Flanigan & Dotseth-Hall)
  • As Easy as ABC and 123 and FREE! (Buti & Jacoby)
  • Facing the Challenges of Access with Students Who’ve Had Less Than Successful Experiences,
  • Documenting Assistive Technology in the IEP Process – Success Is Just a Step Away! (Wendel & Fukuda)
  • Helping to Make Science Accessible to Students (Fukuda & Galbraith)
  • Low Tips for Successful AT Practice in the Classroom (Press)
  • Personalize Learning with Read&Write (Hamelink)
  • State-of-the-Art Classroom Rubric/Tool: Autism and Intellectual Disabilities (Buti)
  • Tech Tuesday with CJ (Jeannette Van Houten)
  • The Power of Technology to Support Student Engagement and Learning (Antista)
  • UDL Math and Science to Empower and Engage Your Students on a Digital Platform (Hamelink)

Sensory (Vision, Hearing)

  • Addressing the Sensory Needs of Individuals in the Classroom and Workplace (Heipp)
  • Affordable Assistive Technology for Low Vision and Blindness (Chris Johnson)
  • Captioned Telephone Service 101 and the Importance of Television Closed Captioning and Captioned Telephone Service for People with Hearing Loss (Esbit)
  • Comparing Assistive Technology Options for Blind and Visually Impaired Youth during the Transition Years (Silverman)
  • Implantable Hearing Solutions for Your Patients – Cochlear Implant and Baha Candidacy, Technology, and Beyond (Johnson)
  • Loop 202: Let’s Loop Arizona! (Michaels & Kaufman)
  • Opening the Lines of Communication: Today and Tomorrow (Plummer)
  • What You Thought You Knew About the Talking Book Library, But Were Afraid to Ask (Tuttle & Usrey)

Employment/Transition Postsecondary

  • Why Are Accommodations Different After High School? (Kugler)
  • Assistive Technology and the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act [WIOA] (Estervig)

Community and Independent Living

  • Home and Institutional Modifications: Understanding the Contractors Perspective (Ferry & Bennett)
  • Leveraging the new Windows 10 built-in Eye Gaze Control Accessibility Features (Jackson)
  • Putting Home Automation to Work For You (Pullen)
  • Wearable Technology and Cognitive Disabilities (Grant

Service Delivery

  • Culturally Responsive Assistive Technology Services (Poss)
  • The Internet, Ethics and You (Plummer)
  • Understanding What Web Accessibility Means (Kugler)
  • ATP Exam Study Group (by invitation)

Poster Session

  • Projects of ASU’s Graduate Course on Assistive Technology Design and Development (McDaniels)

“Mini-Maker” Assistive Technology DIY Event

  • Learn to create some simple AT items at the Networking Reception on Monday afternoon (Bauerle & Bauerle)

Evidence Based Practice Sessions

NOTE: Many of the EBP presentations span more than one breakout session or may be longer in duration. Conference attendees can go to any session regardless of the track they registered for!

Building Early Literacy through Language (Nelson)

Building Early Literacy through Phonological Awareness (Nelson)

Cultural and Linguistic Competence in the Arizona Developmental Disability Network (Roberts & Cohen)

Customized Employment Parts 1 & 2: What it Is, and Why We Need It! (Keeton)

LET’S TALK! Supporting Language, Literacy and Social Emotional Development (Corso)

Self-Employment: Why Not Start at the Top? (Keeton)

The Need to Teach: Why We Need Systematic Instruction in the Workplace (Keeton)

Transformation: Shifting the Conversation, Changing Employment Outcomes (Voirol, Jacoby, Baier, Griffiths & Winnick)

AIVRTTAC Sunday Meetings

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Speaker Information

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