The iPad as a Communication and Educational Tool for Individuals with Multiple Disabilities

Mar 19 2012 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Kennedy Krieger Institute
801 North Broadway
Conference Room 202
Baltimore, MD 21205

About the Event:

Nancy Inman, SLP, Program Manager, Assistive Technology at Kennedy Krieger Institute, will explore current augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) apps for the iPad. The iPad is a portable multipurpose technology that can be used as an alternative means of communication and as an educational tool to stimulate visual and auditory senses. Participants will learn about high-end AAC apps, such as TouchChat HD and Proloquo2Go, as well as other beginning level communication apps. Pros and cons of using the iPad for AAC as opposed to more traditional systems will be discussed. Information will be provided regarding protective carrying cases for the iPad.

Wendy Baur will provide a parent's perspective using the iPad for children with multiple disabilities, including cortical visual impairment (CVI). She will include a discussion of iPad apps that target cause-effect relationship, music, lights, and books. Apps that special needs children enjoy can be difficult to find, so we will discuss a few parent forums and foundations that have rated applications for use with special need children.

This event is sponsored by the Phelps Center for Cerebral Palsy & Neurodevelopmental Medicine at Kennedy Krieger Institute.

Registration:

This seminar is free, but registration is required and limited to 65 participants. The deadline for registration is Monday, March 12, 2012. For more information, or to register for this event, please contact Toni Shumate at (443) 923-9137 or shumate@kennedykrieger.org.

CEUs will not be offered. Dinner will be served. Parking is available in the Kennedy Krieger Institute's Ashland Street garage. Bring garage parking ticket with you for validation.