TC District Special Ed Department to sponsor assistive technology workshop

RJ Cooper, noted researcher of products for people with disabilities, to be a presenter

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Jeanne Stoughton, Tuba City District Special Education DepartmentÕs Occupational Therapist, shows just two of the assistive technology tools used for students with special needs and disabilities to help them become more independent and self-sufficient. Tools for adaptive assistive technology will be the focus of the workshop to be held on Aug. 18-19 at TC District.

Rosanda Suetopka Thayer/TC District Media Jeanne Stoughton, Tuba City District Special Education DepartmentÕs Occupational Therapist, shows just two of the assistive technology tools used for students with special needs and disabilities to help them become more independent and self-sufficient. Tools for adaptive assistive technology will be the focus of the workshop to be held on Aug. 18-19 at TC District.

Making Breakthroughs with Assistive Technology will be a two-day workshop presented by the Tuba City District Special Education Department. It will feature a noted researcher and developer of hardware and software products especially designed for use for people with disabilities.

RJ Cooper is considered a pioneer in the field of assistive technology and has presented at both national and international adaptive technology conferences.

Cooper has worked since 1984 in developing learning solutions through optimal access to assistive devices. He also writes a column, "Ask RJ" for Closing the Gap, a publication devoted exclusively to computer technology in special education and rehabilitation.

The workshop is free of charge but is limited in participation space, and interested parties need to call by Aug. 12 to register.

The workshop, which is sponsored by Tuba City School District will be held on Aug. 18 and 19 at the Tuba City Primary School in the Library/Governing Board Room located on the north end of Main Street in Tuba City

Both days of the workshop will be a combination of lecture and hands-on activities.

Cooper will also demonstrate strategies, hardware and software adaptations that teachers, therapists and caregivers can incorporate into their classroom and daily routines at home.

One of the goals of the workshop is to have each learner do something new and exciting that they have never attempted before.

To sign up for the two day session, which is limited to 40 participants, please call Assist! To Independence at 928-283-6290, ask for Beth or ask for Harriet Charleston or Jeanne Stoughton at the TC District Office of Special Education (928-283-1036).

(Rosanda Suetopka Thayer is Public Relations Director for Tuba City Unified School District.)

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