The Annual Family Café is the Nations largest Cross-Disability Event! Since 1998, The Annual Family Café has brought together thousands of individuals with disabilities and their family members for three days of information, training, and networking.

The 21st Annual Family Café will take place from June 6 – 9 at the Hyatt Regency in Orlando, FL. This is a free Event with no registration fees to people with disabilities and their families. For Professionals, there is a $200 Registration Fee. Online Registration has already closed, but you can still register in person, at the event! For a full Schedule of Events, Click Here

We will, again be featuring the Assistive Technology Room at the Annual Family Café. In the AT Room, located in Regency Ballroom Q, right next to the exhibit hall,  we will have experts along the fields of Computer Access, Alternative Communication, Vision, Aids of Daily Living, Equipment Reuse and More!

And, of course, we will again be featuring our Adapted Play Area!

During the convention, There are almost 100 presentations available in 11 different categories for more in-depth information about specific topics!  The Assistive Technology Track of Presentations will Include:

 

Transition: Taking the Next Steps

Saturday, June 8
4:00-5:00
Rainbow Spring I

Growing up can be tough and navigating the system as a person with a disability can be even more difficult. However, with the right information and persistence, you can make transitioning a breeze! Attendees will learn about early steps transitioning from ages zero to three as well as school-age transitioning and going from school into the workforce. Resources like Assistive Technology follows a Child (FS 1003.575) and Project 10: Florida’s Transition Education Network will be discussed giving you the knowledge to begin taking the steps to get what you need as a person with a disability in whatever stage of transition you are in.

Not Talking Yet? Using AAC to Facilitate Communication

Friday, June 7
1:30-2:30
Rainbow Spring I

We would like to present the concept of AAC and how it can help parents establish meaningful dialogue with their children. From the basics to the most sophisticated, it is possible to utilize the family dynamics and optimize communication for everyone. Learning to navigate the AAC world can be both confusing and overwhelming. We want to help ease those fears and set sights for forward progress, because everyone has the right to be speak and be heard.

Bilingual Communication Devices

Friday, June 7
3:00-4:00
Rainbow Spring I

This presentation demonstrates English/Spanish options for individuals needing communication assistance. FAAST, with its partner, Saltillo, will show how MultiChat 15 Spanish, MultiChat 15 Bilingual, and WordPower Español meets the communications needs of a wide group of individuals in Spanish speaking cultures. These systems include easy to access basic communication for beginning communicators, as well as sophisticated language and grammar for individuals with advanced cognitive and linguistic abilities.

Making Connections : Technology and Learning Connections

Friday, June 7
4:30-5:30
Celebration 11

This session is designed to equip you with online strategies and resources for teaching and learning with technology. Explore the free and innovative online resources that are available on the Technology and Learning Connections website. Take a closer look at Tools for Engagement, Adventures in Reading, Math and Science Supports and Data Tools. Learn more about the free Assistive Technology ( AT)  & Universal Design for Learning (UDL)  Newsletter and gain a better understanding of the tools that can be borrowed from the AT & UDL Loan Library.

Shaping Behavior with Apps for iPad

Saturday, June 8
11:00-12:00
Rainbow Spring I

This workshop will help parents use iPad apps to shape their child’s behavior. There are many apps available to use for scheduling, timers, rewards, and organization. This would be especially helpful for parents with children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD or ADHD), Autism (ASD), Asperger’s, Specific Learning Disability (SLD), or Emotional Behavioral Disability (EBD). So bring your iPad and let’s find some helpful apps!

"Let's Talk" about Augmentative Alternative Communication

Saturday, June 8
1:00-2:00
Rainbow Spring I 

Join me for a discussion about the continuum of Augmentative Alternative Communication system available in the market today and the role of the family in implementation.  The role of the communication partner and strategies for Aided Language, Vocabulary Selection, Core Vocabulary Generalization of AAC intervention outside of the school/therapy environment is critical to provide the child with sufficient opportunities for the development of receptive and expressive communication skills. We will discuss the role of the communication partner/parent and tips to assist in implementation. Approximately 78% of the words we use daily are drawn from a core of fewer than 250 words that make up more than ¾ of what adults and children actually say. Focusing on the words that are used most frequently in communication dramatically increases opportunities for learning and use when compared to approaches that focus on more concrete but less frequently used words.

3D Printing in Education

Saturday, June 8
2:30-3:30
Rainbow Spring I 

Engaging learning environments often provide students multiple opportunities for the perception and comprehension of academic content. One such method is to pair models or manipulatives with text, audio, or video. For example, tactile representations from a literature selection, math manipulatives, hands-on science labs, or even historical artifacts from a social studies class. This is not always possible as at some point physical representations of objects may be too big, too small, too fragile, or even too dangerous. Join us as we explore 3D printing and how it provides a pathway to make physical representations of almost any conceivable object, concept, or idea accessible to any student.

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