Scheduled at 3:30pm in Cotton Creek II on Wednesday November, 15.#9064
- Dave Tucker, CEO, Sonocent
- Alyssa Marinaccio, Assistive Technology Coordinator, University of Connecticut
- Jason Carroll, Global Product Manager, Texthelp
- Length of Session: 1-hr
- Format: Lecture
- Expertise Level: All Levels
- Type of session: General Conference
In this session, Alyssa Marinaccio (Assistive Technology Coordinator, University of Connecticut), Jason Carroll (Global Products Manager, Texthelp), and Dave Tucker (CEO, Sonocent) will provide an insight into how the University of Connecticut utilises AT to smooth the transition to higher education for students who struggle to write.
For students with learning disabilities that affect their ability to write, it’s not surprising that the transition to college is such a challenge. Our academic system has been designed against their physiology. Despite most instruction and discussion being spoken, success in higher education requires a high proficiency in reading and writing. From taking notes to composing assignments, without appropriate accommodations, students who struggle to write can struggle to fulfil their potential.
In this session, you’ll hear about AT designed to help students overcome the barriers posed by our text-centric education system, including: - Text-to-speech software - Audio-based note-taking software - Speech-to-text software - Word-prediction tools
Throughout the session, Assistive Technology Coordinator, Alyssa Marinaccio, will provide an inside look into how the University of Connecticut has implemented this AT and the impact it has had on transition, retention and learning independence.
- How AT can level the playing field for students who struggle to write
- Strategies for aiding transition with AT at the University of Connecticut
- How to design a plan for supporting transition with AT
Administrative/Campus Policy, Assistive Technology, Uncategorized
Dave has delivered talks on the challenges of note taking and the solutions offered by the latest assistive technology at conferences across North America and Europe. He is President of the multi-award-winning educational technology firm Sonocent, who make software which has enabled over 110,000 students with disabilities in Europe and North America to take notes independently, without support from peer notetakers. Dave is a champion of the spoken word and has dedicated his career to helping students and professionals harness its potential to transform the way they work.
Alyssa Marinaccio is the Assistive Technology Coordinator at the Center for Students with Disabilities (CSD) at the University of Connecticut. She holds an M.Ed in Online Instructional Design as well as her Assistive Technology Professional (ATP) certification through RESNA. She also works as an AT Consultant and Trainer for ATforEd and A4E, specializing in AT for learning disabilities and print disabilities; AT in higher education; and transition. As a former student registered with disability services (LD, ADHD), Alyssa sets out to provide students with the AT services that she was never exposed to prior to and during her undergrad. Alyssa presents on assistive technology locally and nationally.
Jason Carroll is the Global Products Manager at Texthelp, an industry leader in literacy support software. He has trained thousands on the effective use of educational technology throughout the United States and beyond since his start in education over a decade ago. His focus is on helping to make smart, easy to use products that help diverse learners of all ages succeed and speaks internationally on these topics each year.
Jason is a graduate of the Assistive Technology Applications Certificate Program (ATACP) from California State University at Northridge, holds an MBA, is a Google Educator, and Authorized Google Education Trainer. He is a published author, has taught at the University level, and served as an independent consultant prior to his position at Texthelp.