• Zagreb, Croatia
  • October 17-19, 2018
  • 35+ speakers
  • 10+ countries

3 days of education on the assistive technology and AAC

ATAAC conference brings leading world experts and users of assistive technology (AT) and augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) to Zagreb to present their knowledge and share their experience with you.

Under the patronage of the President of Croatia Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović.



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Speakers

Schedule

Lectures of speakers who are not presenting in English will be simultaneously interpreted in English.

  • Wednesday, October 17
    Children, Schools and Education
    8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
    Registration
    9:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.
    Conference opening
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    9:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
    Inclusive classroom: How AT helps Children with Severe and Profound Cognitive Difficulties
    Ian Bean is an independent special needs ICT consultant and trainer specializing in the use of ICT and assistive technology to support learners of all ages with severe and complex additional needs.

    This session shares some of the many ways that technology is being used successfully to support the communication, learning and leisure needs of young people with severe and profound difficulties.

    We’ll explore:

    • Enabling access and the implications for your teaching.

    • Building motivation and engagement and what you can do to make your lessons memorable.

    • Presuming competence and having high expectations of what your learners can achieve.

    • Target setting and tracking your learner’s progress.

    • Free and low-cost teaching resources and where to find them.
    10:45 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
    Coffee Break & Networking
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    11:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
    Best Practices Examples: Using AT in the Early Years Classroom
    Lelia Kiš-Glavaš

    • Full professor tenure at Department of Inclusive Education and Rehabilitation at Faculty of Education and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Zagreb

    • Member of Government of the Republic of Croatia committee for persons with disabilities and Croatian National board for improving the social dimension of higher education

    • Scientific interests: system of support for students with disabilities in higher education in Croatia (implementation and development, evaluation of the effectiveness and satisfaction of participants in the process), professional rehabilitation and employment of people with disabilities (motivation of persons with disabilities and employers attitudes), human rights of people with disabilities, educational inclusion (in higher education, and education of teachers in primary and secondary education), undesirable behaviours, rehabilitation through movement and basic perceptive-motor stimulation

    Within this presentation:

    • You will be introduced to the theoretical bases of assistive technology at an early age

    • You will get acquainted with the goals and opportunities for the application of assistive technology in stimulating the overall development of pre-school children with developmental difficulties

    • You will see a short video about the application of assistive technology in several kindergartens in the Republic of Croatia
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    11:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Product Demo: ABC Maestro
    Lidija Iličić is a special education teacher that joined the E-Glas team after working in nursery and elementary schools. After the experience of direct work with numerous children with disabilities she recognized augmentative and alternative communication and assistive techology as the biggest ally in rehabilitaton.

    Guruprasad Madhale Jadav always thought that technology can help in creating a better world. That came true when he joined E-Glas where he participates in the development of assistive technology.

    Together they worked on developing ABC Maestro – a program that facilitates primary learning of reading, writing and keyboard usage with the help of simple and interesting activities. During the lecture they will introduce this education and rehabilitation software and we will explore the following:

    • Benefits of step-by-step activities for developing reading and writing pre-skills while learning how to use the keyboard

    • Advantages of visual and content individual support that ABC Maestro offers to the little readers

    • What to do when the child's interest for reading and writing is low and how to use ABC Maestro to increase the user's motivation

    • Why kids, specialists and teachers love ABC Maestro

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    12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.
    HIPER: Early Education Program
    About Hureka... (coming soon)
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    12:30 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.
    Video Story: Fifth Primary School Bjelovar
    About Fifth Primary School Bjelovar... (coming soon)
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    12:45 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
    Deaf Band Dlan - SuperTalent Stars
    About Deaf Band Dlan... (coming soon)
    2:15 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    Poster presentation
    3:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
    Workshops
    3:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    Break
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    4:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    How to teach AAC users..? AAC and AT in special school setting
    Alina is a special Ed teacher and SLP teaching AAC and AT at special school in Krakow (Poland) for 23 years. 18 years ago she used to be teacher-in-residence at the Bridge School – amazing place in California serving children, who have complex communication needs.

    In this lecture you’ll meet her current students and learn:

    • How she organize their education

    • How their week looks like

    • What educational goals they set

    • How they equipped students to allow participation

    • What are base elements of lesson preparing

    • Samples of lesson and solutions
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    4:30 p.m. - 4:40 p.m.
    Video Story: Mate Bešlić - AAC User in School
    About Mate... (coming soon)
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    4:40 p.m. - 4:50 p.m.
    Video Story: Little house - little school
    Aleksandra Milković, graduate journalist. is the Association director and the head of projects in the Association. She is a mother of a child with developmental difficulties, the president of the national Croatian union of associations of children with developmental difficulties OSIce.

    Her biggest accomplishment is the „Room of wonders“ project, in which she was the head of the project and its development. She has multi-year experience in organizing seminars, conferences, PR events, organizing humanitarian actions, organizing and managing project teams in every project from the Association in the last five years, organizing and managing the office

    The Association of persons with disabilities in Sisak-moslavina County is an independent, voluntary, nonparty and a non-profit organization in which children with developmental difficulties and people with disabilities that have various body, intellectual and sensory deprivations join in order to achieve privileges and rights that they are entitled to by law.

    The Association celebrates its 15th year of working this year, and it helps 130 children and young people with developmental difficulties through various activities such as: work therapy, sensory integration therapy, program of preparing children for school („Little School“), help in studying, brake from care, playrooms, creative workshops, summer sports camps, occasionally organizing field trips, birthday parties and hangouts between parents and children.
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    4:50 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Video Story: Education and Rehabilitation Center Križevci
    Video Story...(coming soon)
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    5:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
    Integration of Children with Developmental Difficulties into the Educational System
    About... (coming soon)
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    5:45 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.
    TEACCH, PECS and Sign Language in Home Education of a Student with Pervasive Developmental Disorder
    Matea Hotujac Dreven, mag.edu.phon.reh., is Certified Level 2 Floortime therapist for play therapy, under The Greenspan Floortime Approach, and works in Primary School Braća Seljan, Karlovac

    This lecture will present a multidisciplinary approach to teaching a pupil with a pervasive developmental disorder who is being home-schooled as part of a regular primary school education due to his medical condition.

    This is a case study of a 3rd grade pupil attending Primary school Braća Seljan in Karlovac.

    As a special part of this lecture there will be an overview of the organization of lessons for a pupil attending Primary school Braća Seljan in Karlovac, who is being home-schooled due to his medical condition (a pervasive developmental disorder, motor aphasia and sensory integration dysfunction).
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    6:15 p.m. - 6:45 p.m.
    Special Education Center Milan Petrović
    About... (coming soon)
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    6:45 p.m. - 6:55 p.m.
    Video Story: Rehabilitation Center Zagreb
    About... (coming soon)
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    6:55 p.m. - 7:05 p.m.
    Video Story: Special Education Center Rijeka
    About... (coming soon)
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    7:05 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.
    Video Story: CeDePe Association
    CeDePe Zagreb is an organisation that has been operating since 1977 and its main function is to gather people with cerebral palsy, polio and other motor disabilities. Through its work and activities it creates conditions for a dignified life, working on life quality and social inclusion by providing social services and promoting rights of children and adults with cerebral palsy.

    Marija Godo is working as an occupational therapist at CeDePe Zagreb since 2010. She participates in the implementation of various programs and projects. In the Day care centre Marija performs individual and group activities with adolescents and adults with cerebral palsy and during Summer School she works with children with developmental difficulties.

    The video story will show:

    • Different situations in which adolescents and adults with cerebral palsy and multiple difficulties use assistive technology

    • Why it is important to encourage clients autonomy in activities of daily living

    • How to implement assistive technology (customized IT equipment, communication enhancement equipment, picture display and custom feeding equipment) in Day care centre

  • Thursday, October 18
    AAC, Rehabilitation and Workplace
    8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
    Registration
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    9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
    How to Establish Communication and Cooperation with Non-Speaking Children in Hospital and Home Environment
    10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
    Coffee Break & Networking
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    11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
    Determining Best Access method for persons with physical and / or visual impairment
    Janet Bischof-Rosario is an occupational therapist that has been working w/children and adults w/physical disabilities and augmentative communication for over 33 years at the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, formerly known as the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. She manages the Technology Center at the SRALab, staffed by 4 SLPs and 4 OTs, who provide AAC services, computer access, and electronic aids to daily living assessments. She really enjoys helping to identify the most efficient access method for a child to communicate via their AAC device, use a computer, and/or text on their cell phone.

    In this lecture, you will learn:

    • Why including an OT in your AAC assessment process is considered Best Practice

    • 5 Fun simple ideas to develop switch skills using computer, tablet, and adapted toys

    • How to choose most appropriate type of switch scan from over 4 types for your student/client

    • 5 different ways to mount switches, including low cost options

    • To identify principles to assist you when its difficult to decide between switch use and eye gaze access for AAC using 2 case studies

    • Facts about 4 different tabletop and w/c mounting options for AAC devices

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    11:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Video Story: Nikola - AAC user
    Product Demo... (coming soon)
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    12:00 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.
    Systematic Growth of Skills in AAC: Why and How?
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    12:45 p.m. - 13:00 p.m.
    Product Demo: Tobii Dynavox
    Product Demo... (coming soon)
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    13:00 p.m. - 13:15 p.m.
    Music Power Up by SuperTalent Star
    About ... (coming soon)
    2:15 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
    Poster presentation
    2:45 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    Workshops
    3:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
    Break
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    3:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    Product Demo: HARPO
    Wojtek represents Harpo Company - the producer and distributor equipment for disabled persons. He has experience in export management while working with the disabled gives him a strong foundation for presenting interesting ideas important for the future development of society. With Harpo – he helps the world to see!

    In this lecture, you will learn:

    • 5 ways of get acquainted with technology and Braille by Mountbatten Brailler Tutor

    • Why is it crucial that blind children get similar experience with technology as their sighted peers

    • How to communicate using Braille even when you don't know Braille

    • What do students learn with Mountbatten Brailler Tutor

    • When should they start using Mountbatten Brailler
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    4:00 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
    Demo: Housemate
    About Housemate... (coming soon)
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    4:15 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
    Supporting language development with AAC users
    In this lecture, you will learn how to support language development of students using AAC systems:

    • Discover fun ways to promote vocabulary growth

    • Stimulate students to speak and write longer sentence

    • Provide case examples

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    4:45 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    20 years LIFEtool Computer aided Communication
    David Hofer, CEO of LIFEtool Computer aided Communication and a Son of deaf Parents, taking care of the development of Softwareprogramms, APPs, Services and Solutions for children with disabilities in Austria and beyond. Proud of being involved in project development and delivering educational services for Teachers, Therapists and Parents not only in Austria but also in Novi Sad, Zagreb, Mostar or Prague.

    In this lecture, you will learn how to start with the iPad or the Computer in the field of early intervention for children with disabilities in terms of:

    • First experience in working with a switch/a touchscreen

    • Fun with playing

    • Training of attention and anticipation

    • Training of cause and effect

    which you can use for

    • Early intervention

    • visual Training

    • Children with physical impairments

    • Children with learning disabilities
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    5:00 p.m. - 5:45 p.m.
    Planning early for AAC with ALS
    5:45 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
    Break
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    6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
    AT as a New Quality in Rehabilitation of Traumatic Brain Injury, Strokes, Dementia and other Neurodegenerative Diseases
    Kasia has spent last 13 years in a field of assistive technology and AAC. As a SEN teacher and SLP, she was witnessing striking development speed of technology and relatively slower implementation of AT solutions at kindergardens, schools, hospitalas, hospices and rehabilitation centers, with high hopes for seeing the revolution that takes place now. Today, as a founder of Atabi, she is happy to teach about AT over 400 people yearly in Poland and support individuals with complex communication needs by assessing newest technology solutions suitable for them.

    In this lecture, you will learn:

    • Reasons why and tricks how to advocate for AT to be used by different specialists as a way to support cognitive functioning of children and adults after TBI

    • 5 ways of adjusting existing AT solutions to neurorehabilitation segment

    • Case Studies:

    - Lady Margaret in a world of AT - 90 year old ALS Patient in her way to conquer new technology

    - Lady Elizabeth and her recipes for life – 68 year old stroke Patient using communication software

    - Andrew, a boy who loves board games – 12 year old child after severe TBI restoring his passion for games thanks to AT

    • What to do when we encounter resistance regarding AT
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    6:30 p.m. - 6:45 p.m.
    Video Story: AT and Workplace adaptation
    AT and Workplace adaptation... (coming soon)
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    6:45 p.m. - 6:55 p.m.
    Video Story: Glavić Polyclinics
    Video Story...(coming soon)
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    6:55 p.m. - 7:05 p.m.
    Video Story: Primary School Pećine
    Video Story...(coming soon)
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    7:05 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.
    Video Story: Avanti Polyclinics
    Video Story...(coming soon)
  • Friday, October 19
    Sensory Stimulation, Autism and Early Intervention
    8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
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    9:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
    Sensory Stimulation and Integration in Multi Sensory Environments
    Dr. Lesley Collier is a practicing occupational therapist and academic with an interest in how our sensory environment affects our ability to engage in everyday activities. Her research and clinical work includes establishing evidence based approaches for therapists, carers and families that can be used both in clinical situations as well as at home. This lecture will focus on research and evidence in using sensory approaches with adults and children with disabilities.

    In this lecture you will learn:

    • 5 ways of implementing a sensory approaches in everyday environments

    • Why adults and children with disabilities find this approach helpful

    • How to assess sensory need in adults and children with disabilities

    • What sensory approach to use based on your sensory assessment

    10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
    Coffee Break
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    11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Autism and AAC: Controlling Behavior Issues
    Jennifer Abramson is a Speech-Language Pathologist at Boston Children’s Hospital, where she works in the Autism Language and Augmentative Communication Programs. There, she evaluates learners with autism who have moderate-profound communication impairments. She also provides therapy and is a source of support to her patients’ families and teams. Jennifer is a co-author of the book Enhancing Communication in Individuals with Autism: A Guide to the Visual Immersion System and is an Adjunct Instructor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the MGH Institute of Health Professions in Boston, MA.

    In this lecture, you will learn:

    • The benefits and principles of using visual supports with learners with autism

    • How to shape both aggressive behaviors and disruptive behaviors using visual supports

    • How a range of behavioral supports can be helpful to have in your toolbox, as various behaviors can benefit from alternative approaches. Both simple and commonly used tools (e.g., first/then displays, countdown boards, token boards) as well as more unique approaches that provide enhanced explanations of task and behavioral expectations will be addressed

    • Which tools and tricks may be helpful in addressing various behaviors demonstrated by learners with autism
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    12:00 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.
    How to teach Children with Autism using Technology
    This session will share some of the many ways that technology is being used successfully to teach young people with Autism.

    We’ll explore:

    • Why use technology?

    • What works and where are the challenges?

    • Technology to support communication.

    • Technology to support social skills.

    • Technology to support learning.

    • Free and low-cost teaching resources and where to find them.

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    12:45 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.
    SoundBeam
    SoundBeam...(coming soon)
    2:15 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
    Poster presentation
    2:45 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    Workshops
    3:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
    Break
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    3:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    Demo:MagicFlute and GroovTube
    About... (coming soon)
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    4:00 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
    AT Funding Overview
    About... (coming soon)
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    4:45 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.
    Early Intervention: Challenges and Perspective
    (Ivšac Pavliša, J., Šimanović, M., Popčević, K., Tomić, A.)

    This team represents a multidisciplinary synthesis of professionals from higher education (Faculty of Education and Rehabilitation Sciences) as well as nongovernmental sector (Croatian Association on Early Childhood Intervention). For years they’ve been trying to fill the gaps in the field of early assessment and support for children with disabilities and their families all around Croatia.

    In this lecture, you will learn:

    • Key principles of early intervention often neglected when providing support to small children with risk of developmental disabilities

    • Why it is important to include both the child and the family in the early support system

    • Examples how to connect different systems (f.e. health, social welfare, education) which are usually disconnected and contribute to chaos in a life of a family seeking for support

    • How important it is to provide, support and disseminate knowledge about evidence-based practice
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    5:15 p.m. - 5:45 p.m.
    Rights of Parents of Children with Disabilites
    About...(coming soon)
    5:45 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
    Break

    6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
    Panel Discussion: Parents of Children with Disabilites
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    6:30 p.m. - 6:40 p.m.
    Video Story: Little Prince Association
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    6:40 p.m. - 6:50 p.m.
    Video Story: Center for Autism Rijeka
    Center for Autism Rijeka... (coming soon)
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    6:50 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
    Video Story: Angels Association
    7:00 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.
    Conference closing

Workshops

Each day of the conference different 45-minute workshops will take place. Each day, you will be able to attend the one of your choice from a dozen of worshops taking place at the same time. Number of participants for each workshop is limited. Therefore, we kindly recommend early registration for the conference and early reservation for the workshop of your choice. Reservation of desired workshops is possible only after buying a conference ticket. After buying the ticket we will send you a link to the workshop selection form by email.


Posters

The ATAAC conference will host poster presentations of therapists using assistive technology (AT) in their work and/or working in the field of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC).

The ATAAC conference is an excellent opportunity to present your organisation and to connect with others in developing AAC methods. You are most welcome to present your work and your organisation!

Poster presentations held on the last year's conference resulted in many contacts and cooperation between different organisations.

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Expo


All the attendees are welcome to visit the exhibition area to see and try different aids for persons with disabilities, ranging from computer access assistive technologies to augmentative and alternative communication.

Leading world manufacturers of assistive technology solutions from England, Sweden, USA, Germany, Austria, The Netherlands, Finland, and Croatia shall present their products in the showroom.

The attendees are welcome to see the presentations of different communication aids, eyegaze control equipment, educational toys, various switches, alternative computer access equipment, therapy aids, educational software, environmental control devices, etc.

Location

Tickets

  • ONE DAY
    70.00
    Attendance at one conference day of your choice.
    1 DAY
  • CONFERENCE
    210.00
    Attendance at all (3) conference days.

    3 DAYS
  • WATCH ONLINE!
    57.00
    Watch the whole conference online.

    ONLINE


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Under the patronage of

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    President of Croatia Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović

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