ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY MONTHLY NEWSLETTER FOR DECEMBER 2018 AND JANUARY 2019

Click here to view our newsletter on our ELC Assistive Technology Website. Cheat sheets for apps/software and ELC made (upcoming) training videos are available online.

Infinitec is an Special Education and Assistive Technology Initiative that provides webinars, workshops, resources and other services to member districts.  Their website not only includes a calendar of events of one day webinars and workshops, but also free archived webinars of a variety of topics for staff with any level of knowledge.  Please contact Brandt Rosen (brosen@elced.org) for more information of what Infinitec has to offer.  

Click here to register for a free account.  For ELC member district staff and parents ONLY.  When signing up, under "District/coop," be sure to type in the "Exceptional Learners' Collaborative."  With an account, you can access educational resources, live webinars, and archived training videos for a variety of tools and topics.  Please visit the MyInfinitec Online Classroom for archived webinars and earn CEUs.


Boardmaker Online Update:  Are you looking for pre-made resources and lessons for Social Studies, Reading, Writing, and Core Vocab/Language/Communication?  Boardmaker Online now has their Boardmaker Expedition Education, Boardmaker Book Bridge, and Core First Learning lessons available via Boardmaker Online.  Click on the "Curriculum" tab to access these resources.  You will have to sign in with a valid Boardmaker Online account to access these resources.  

FREE DECEMBER INFINITEC WEBINARS and ONLINE TRAININGS: (click here to view all available archived webinars)

Full Steam Ahead! - STEM/STEAM Curriculum for Students with Significant Disabilities (Archived)(Beginner/Intermediate) By Presented By Meghan Cassidy, Special Education Teacher, NSSEO and Joan Obial, Innovative Learning & Autism Coach, NSSEO December 4th - 3:30-4:30 - Click here to register


Mental Health Challenges in Autism: Depression and Suicide(Archived)(Beginner/Intermediate) Presented by Dr. Ruth Aspy, Psychologist, Author & National Speaker December 6th - 3:30-4:30 - Click here to register


Positive Strategies for Supporting Self-Regulation: Addressing Anxiety, ADHD & Emotional Processing for Students with Autism (Archived)(Beginner/Intermediate) Presented by Dr. Ruth Aspy, Psychologist, Author & National Speaker December 11th - 3:30-4:30 -  Click here to register
Catatonia & Autism: Hidden in Plain Sight (Archived)(Beginner/Intermediate) Presented by Dr. Ruth Aspy, Psychologist, Author & National Speaker December 13th - 3:30-4:30 - Click here to register

Resources for All Learners:  A Guided Tour of myinfinitec.org By Jenn Skalitzky, Assistive Technology Facilitator, Infinitec December 17th - 3:30-4:30 -  Click here to register 

PAY FOR INFINITEC SPONSORED WORKSHOPS/CONFERENCES (click here to view full list)

Multisensory Math: Strategies for Teaching All Kinds of Learners at the Secondary Level by Marilyn Zecher, 12/6/18 at Infinitec Southwest

Multisensory Math: Strategies for Teaching All Kinds of Learners at the Secondary Level by Marilyn Zecher, 12/7/18 at Days Inn Conference Center, Rock Falls, IL

Classroom Interventions for Students with CVI by Aileen Arai and Tike Demarco, 12/12/18 at Infinitec Southwest

AT Solutions For Students With Dyslexia w/Jamie Martin  1/17/19 Oswego, IL


FREE ISBE SPONSORED WORKSHOPS/CONFERENCES

Topic: Dual Diagnosis: ASD & Mental Health Disorders Ruth Aspy 12/18 Malta, IL 

Topic: Dual Diagnosis: ASD & Mental Health Disorders Ruth Aspy 12/19 Peoria, IL 

The Skills That Matter w/Amy Gaumer-Erickson 1/22/19 Sparta, IL 

 The Skills That Matter w/Amy Gaumer-Erickson 1/23/19 Springfield, IL 

ISBE in Partnership with Infinitec Trainings: Click here to see flyer and schedule a your own training now!

FUN APPS, SOFTWARE OR RESOURCES:

  1. Infinitec Resource Section of Website- access printable and online resources for a variety of subjects and areas of special education/assistive technology

  2. www.Startnet.orgNorthern Region 2 website, and Chicago Region Website, With StarNet, one can attend a variety of trainings related to special education for professionals and families.  Take a look!


PLEASE CONTACT BRANDT ROSEN brosen@elced.org or (224)513-6455 FOR ANY QUESTIONS OR ISSUES