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Unlocking Human Potential
January, 2019

The months of January and February are exciting for teachers, related-service providers, and assistive technology specialists who want to see and learn more about the state-of-the-art technologies available. T he Future of Education Technology Conference ( FETC is January 27-30th) and the  Assistive Technology Industry Association Conference (ATIA is January 30th-February 2nd) are happening in Orlando, Florida. These are great opportunities that enable networking across the state. For example, at ATIA there is a kickoff meeting on Wednesday evening (6:30-8 pm) for all AT professionals in the state of Florida. In addition, the exhibit halls at these conferences allow you to connect with technology vendors and try the newest technology. 

If you can't attend the conferences be sure to contact your Local Assistive Technology Specialist ( LATS) and see if they will be attending. Many LATS research ideas and assistive technologies for student/district needs and priorities. 

Switches, Mounting, Positioning , and Interfaces: "Game of Access " Statewide Training.  This training provides an overview of the critical considerations for seating and positioning for educational access and domination. Communication devices, computer and tablet interface alliances and conflicts are presented and include exploration of a variety of switches and their features. This training is scheduled in the following locations: 
  • Tampa - Thursday, April 11, 2019
  • Jacksonville - Wednesday, April 17, 2019 
  • Orlando - Friday, April 26, 2019 
  • Chipley - Thursday, May 9th, 2019
Keep an eye on your email inbox for registration information. 

Contact information for the regional AT-UDL Technology Centers:

Region 1 - 850-778-1641 or  1-877-873-7232 ext. 2290 (toll free)
Region 2 - 352-419-6556 or 1-844-365-3045 (toll free)
Region 3 - 386-761-9909 or 1-844-848-8936 (toll free)
Region 4 - 863-940-4661 or 1-844-873-2127 (toll free)
Region 5 -  954-925-6195 or  1-844-705-4385 (toll free)

Loan Library Highlights

Optimal Interaction Between  AT  & UDL
for Student Success
Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a scientific-based framework that involves proactive planning of curricula (goals, assessments, methods, and materials) to reduce barriers in instruction, and provide  appropriate accommodations, supports, and challenges while maintaining high achievement expectations for all students.   Such planning goes beyond looking closely at options on how information can be presented in flexible ways so that students can participate in the learning process and better understand the learning goal and content. S ome students require optimal interaction between the  universal design for learning principles and assistive technologies to empower them in reaching their goals. In practice, UDL and AT often work in concert to achieve optimal and practical results (Hitchcock & Stahl, 2003). For example, providing a communication device and mounting system so a student can express their knowledge, skills and disposition. 

This issue of the newsletter highlights Mounting supports found in the AT & UDL Loan Library that you can check out to provide options to students. For some students, these  supports provide flexibility, customization and multiple ways to access learning materials.  
Selecting a Mounting System 

The Communication & More category in the loan library is one of the top categories used by AT & UDL Loan Library patrons.  As communication devices are being trialed and selected; it often becomes necessary to mount the communication device on a student's wheelchair for ideal positioning and stability rather than a desktop. Selecting a mounting system can be quite challenging. Before checking out a Mounting System be sure to carefully read the product description for important details such as maximum weight the mounting system can support. This will determine if the mounting system can be used for a light weight tablet type AAC device or a heavier AAC device (i.e Tobii I- series device). The range or reach of the mounting system is important in customizing the position of the device for the student. The product connection type and the base attachment type are important in determining how it will be a attached to a desktop or wheelchair. 

Janet Good and the Loan Library Technicians- Allison Uzzle and Lauren Servido  have created two easy to use  flowcharts to guide you in setting up a mounting system for both the ConnectIt and REHAdapt  Wheelchair Mounting systems that are available in the AT & UDL Loan Library. 

ConnectIt Wheelchair Mount for a  Communication Device
ConnectIt wheelchair Guide

Start with the type of wheelchair. Is it manual or motorized? If it is manual for most chairs a one inch round is used. If it is still loose then a 7/8 inch sleeve is added. If there is not enough room then a one inch side clamp may be needed.  If it is motorized with slotted tracks then look at what type of track is used. Is it Channel Nut ( Single Slot) or Permobil Unitrack ( Double Slot)?

REHAdapt Wheelchair Mount for a Communication Device
Rehadapt Wheelchair guide

Start with the type of wheelchair. Is it manual or motorized? If it is manual for most chairs a one inch round is used. If it is still loose then a 7/8 inch sleeve is added.   If it is motorized with slotted tracks then look at what type of track is used. Is it Channel Nut ( Single Slot) or Permobil Unitrack ( Double Slot)?

ConnectIt Wheelchair ConnectIt Chair Frame Standard Mount

The Tobii Dynavox ConnectIT Mounting System connects you with all of the features of your communication device. A wide range of positions is made possible due to the ability of the aluminum tubes to flow through each connection point as well as the three-dimensional (3D) positioning capabilities of the ConnectIT parts.
This Product Includes:
  • Standard Wheelchair Mount
  • Permobil Power Wheelchair Fastener
  • Channel Nut Chair Fastener
  • Multi-Hole and Rectangular Chair Fastener
  • Flat Surface /Small Multi-Hole Chair Fastener
  • 1 Inch Round Fastener
  • 1 Inch to 7/8-inch Adapter Sleeve (to only be used only with 1 inch round fastener)
  • 1 Inch Side Clamp Fastener
  • 5 mm Hex Head Tool
  • Setup Guide


VarioFloat Mount  Mounting/Seating

The telescopic rolling floor stand is lightweight, with wheels, and can be moved in & out of positions. An adjustable base allows the positioning of devices over beds, sofas, recliners or wheelchairs. The overhanging arm is equipped with VerioFloat technology that allows for one-handed easy positioning of eye tracking devices.
This product includes:
  • REHAdapt Floor Stand
  • Allen Wrench
  • T-Handle
  • Instruction Sheet 
**This Mount Must Be Used with Devices Over 4lbs.

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Mobile Devices/Apps/Cases

The TabletTable is an universally designed accessory with a 22-degree angled secure platform that makes popular devices accessible and secured for all students to use.  Students no longer have to struggle reaching the device or have someone hold it for them.  The TabletTable  allows students  to reach and view the screen of an iPad Air or iPad Pro 9.7. It is ideal for desktops, wheelchair trays, and working on floor level. The TabletTable is great for students who have weak fine-motor skills. 

Product Features:
  • Includes a built-in handle and a convenient storage space for chargers or other supplies
  • Offers solid construction and nonskid bottom for security and stability
  • Accompanied by the Grab & Go Caseā„¢  

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This newsletter was developed by the Technology & Learning Connections Team, a part of the Problem Solving/Response to Intervention Project, and funded by the Florida Department of Education Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services through federal assistance under the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA), Part B funds. The information included does not reflect any specific endorsement by any parties involved. Please em ail  Tara Jeffs  for further information.