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Michele Bishop, BS, Special Education, Graduate Certificate Rehab Engineering and AT, ATP will present. This course will demonstrate strategies for integrating power wheelchair driving methods with speech generating devices, tablets, and smartphones using Bluetooth and other wireless technologies. We will discuss the various Bluetooth options. Strategies will be demonstrated for set-up and navigation of these devices for successful client outcomes, both with and without powered mobility.
Learning Outcomes for this course:
Participants will be able to identify various wireless and Bluetooth interface options that are available to control AAC and mobile technologies.
Participants will be able to compare and contrast the access features provided through different platforms (Windows, Mac, AAC, phones, tablets).
Participants will be able to recognize the importance of knowing the user’s access methods and all the devices that need to be controlled through the power wheelchair before ordering equipment to ensure accurate recommendations.
Michele Bishop is an Assistive Technology Specialist with over 25 years’ experience working with children with physical disabilities and who use augmentative communication. Prior to that she began her career as a special education classroom teacher working in multi-disciplinary classrooms. She has taught children from the ages of 3 through 22 years of age. Michele has been an Assistive Technology Specialist for a non-public school specializing in children using assistive technology and augmentative communication and powered mobility in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is a nationally known speaker at conferences and has presented at several national conferences on teaching strategies and the development of support materials to teach the use of switches for children who use auditory scanning. Michele brings creativity, personal experience, and a breadth of knowledge to her teaching.