Western Illinois schedules assistive tech conference
There’s still time for students and professionals to sign up for Western Illinois University’s (WIU) upcoming Assistive Technology Conference — scheduled 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Feb. 17 in room 1 of WIU’s Horrabin Hall.
The symposium will begin at 8 a.m. with an overview of assistive technology for reading and writing, followed by a website resources and tools presentation and strategies for teaching social and emotional skills to students.
WIU noted on its website that the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA) of 2004 described five areas to consider for students with disabilities. Of all areas, only assistive technology “must be considered for all students regardless of the type or severity of disability,” the university stated on its website.
The conference will clarify how and when technologies become defined as assistive technologies for legal and practical purposes. This event is suitable for both students and practitioners. Professionals will be eligible for six CPDU credits with attendance.
The conference is completely free of charge, with complimentary parking available. Participants should bring their own lunches. Horrabin Hall is located on W. University Drive off of N. Western Ave.
The event is presented by Infinite Potential Through Technology (INFINITEC), an organization based in Tinley Park that was founded to develop independence for children and adults with disabilities, promoting community and workplace inclusion.
This year marks the university’s third annual conference event, which is jointly sponsored by WIU’s curriculum and instruction department, the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) and a grant from the Illinois State Board of Education.
Go online to register for the conference.
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