Wink Harner, Assistive Technology Consultant, The Foreign Type
Heidi Scher, Associate Director, University of Arkansas
Disability Area: Topic Area:
Length of Session (in hours): 2
Expertise Level: Beginner
Type of session: General Conference
Summary of Session
Get Your Geek On: Learn about OOO AT for Newbies. This interactive workshop covers the `out-of-the box, obvious, and obscure\\\\\\\' solutions in identifying and using OOO AT.
Get Your Geek On! OOO AT for Newbies (?Out-of-the-Box?, Obvious, and Obscure)
An interactive workshop which includes a presentation of resources & developing a network, hands-on, group work, and concluding with sharing of resources. For those who are new to the field of disability service provision, the area of assistive technology can be confusing and daunting - especially if one is \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\"technology-challenged\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\". Sometimes AT is a product straight out of the box, or obvious, such as specialized software or service options. Other times AT is obscure and hidden in a different application of a mainstream product or app.
The presenters will share tips and strategies on how to find resources and network; discover AT; assist students through a task-oriented approach to identify useful AT; and share discoveries in a meaningful manner.
Identifying Resources and Networking;
AT Discovery (Guidance for the newbie and for students)
Task-oriented approach for students to ID useful AT in academics; (4) Sharing resources
Wink Harner - Has been an active member of ATHEN for a number of years and is currently serving on the Executive Board as Member-At-Large. Wink was recently invited as the keynote speaker for the 2019 Texas AHEAD conference. She is the former director of disability services at Mesa Community College in Arizona, the Adaptive Technology Specialist for the DR office at Southern Oregon University, and is currently doing freelance adaptive technology consulting and highly specialized alternative text conversions in math, sciences and foreign languages. She has been a professor of multiple languages for more than 25 years and since August 2016, she has been teaching the assistive technology in higher education core courses for CUNY's Masters in Disability Studies Program.
Since July 2007, Heidi Scher has worked as a disability resource professional at the University of Arkansas’ Center for Educational Access. As the Associate Director, she is a resource for students with disabilities in a variety of areas, with primary focus on assistive technology and document conversion. Heidi also assists faculty, staff, and administrative personnel to ensure equitable access to the University community.
With her C.R.C., an M.S. in rehabilitation counseling from the University of Arkansas, and a B.S. in counseling services to the deaf with a minor in interpreting from East Center University in Oklahoma, Heidi’s past employment in this field has been varied. Previous responsibilities included working on multiple federal grants through a four-year university and as a disability service provider at a two-year institution.
Heidi has presented on a variety of disability-related topics at numerous city, state, regional, and national venues and has had numerous publications. A multi-term board member of Ark-AHEAD (Arkansas affiliate to the Association on Higher Education and Disability) and ATHEN (Access Technology Higher Education Network), she is also a long-time member of AHEAD.