Event Date/Time: Jan 25, 2006 End Date/Time: Jan 26, 2006
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The Center on Disabilities at California State University, Northridge (CSUN) is pleased to announce its eighth year of offering the "Assistive Technology Applications Certificate Program (ATACP)." With over 2,200 graduates to date, the ATACP is the largest Assistive Technology (AT) certificate program in the country and offers 100 hours of a wide range of practical AT applications and information.

OurTraditional ATACP training delivery method consists of 52 hours of online, 40 hours of live training and an 8-hour project equalingthe 100-hour requirement for a certificate.

ATACP "Traditional" = 52 hours online + 40 hours live + 8-hour project

In addition to theTraditional ATACP we have another configuration called ATACP "FastTrax". ATACP "FastTrax" has a different breakdown configuration of 76 hours of on-line instruction, only 16 hours of live training and an 8-hour project equaling the 100-hour requirement to obtain a certificate.The course work is delivered by completing a portion of the on-line material before the live training and participating in the live training. The remaining on-line instruction and project will need to be completed within 90 days after the last day of the live training.

ATACP "FastTrax" = 76 hours online + 16 hours live + 8hour project

Now you have a choice...both the "Traditional" and "FastTrax" configurations of the ATACP meet the 100 hour requirement for a certificate in Assistive Technology Applications with 10 continuing education units (CEUs) from California State University, Northridge's College of Extended Learning and the Center on Disabilities.

Our Approach
* In our training workshops you will learn the practical tools and techniques of assistive technology accommodations and applications in meeting the needs of individuals with various disabilities in many settings. In addition to the principles of human needs, environment and tasks, we will address the tools and techniques behind the assistive technology which will enhance the effectiveness of your training experience.

* We are not here to test your knowledge; we are here to facilitate a training that will aid in increasing your knowledge in the area of AT applications. ATACP participants are encouraged to use the rich ATACP network to raise questions, suggest solutions and provide resources to assist ATACP peers and those they serve throughout the training workshop.

Our Method of Delivery
* Our training workshops allow you to participate and gain access to new assistive technologies, both online and live, and we encourage you to share with others on your findings.

* Attendance is limited in each live training to ensure maximum participation, feedback and personal attention -- early registration is strongly encouraged (approximately 3 months before the live training date).

* We provide access to a comprehensive on-line curriculum with various modules, case studies, application exercises, articles and web resources in a variety of accessible mediums (HTML, Text, and PDF).

* You are given a workbook for "easy-to-follow" class presentations during the live training portion of the ATACP.

* Nationally recognized consultants and trainers facilitate and present the live modules

*Access to an individual class listserv which will enable you to be connected with other class members and AT providers to continue your educational experience even after the training has ended.

Program Goals and Certificate Objectives
The ATACP is designed to provide a practical approach to the applications of Assistive Technology in meeting the needs of individuals with various disabilities in many settings.

Participants will learn ...

to identify a wide range of applications for Assistive Technology in the home, school, workplace, and community environments
about existing and new Assistive Technologies for people with disabilities including, but not limited to, augmentative and alternative communication, environmental controls, seating and positioning, mobility devices, ergonomics, computer access technology, and technology for people with learning, physical, cognitive, and /or sensory disabilities
to address individual needs through a collaborative team approach and through a national assessment framework
about resources that are available to support Assistive Technology devices and services
to address leadership challenges regarding Assistive Technology implementation and application
to implement practical knowledge from the program into everyday situations or a personal case load

The Center on Disabilities hosts a listserv and has established an "ATACP Graduate Website." ATACP participants are encouraged to use this rich network to raise questions, suggest solutions, and provide resources to assist ATACP peers and those they serve. The ATACP continues to train and support over 2,000 graduates through this network.

Course Competencies
Below are descriptions of each course module with objectives and competencies. Should you have further questions on course content, please contact us directly.

Introduction to Assistive Technologies (8 hours)
This introductory module will cover the potential of assistive technology to enhance the lives of persons with disabilities. Upon completion of this module, participants will be able to:

Navigate the on-line coursework
Identify basic definitions of Assistive Technology
Identify both current and future technology trends
Understand consumer driven services and empowerment
Establish the necessity of developing outcomes
Identify and recognize "Disability Etiquette" and ways to provide quality service to customers with disabilities
Gain informational resources


Guiding the Process (16 hours)
This course module addresses assistive technology solutions through a "Fundamental Assessment Process (FAP)" utilizing an inclusive and collaborative team. Upon completion of this module (including case studies), participants will be able to:

Understand the "Fundamental Assessment Process" (FAP) model
Identify the 10 major steps in an assessment process
Establish an FAP and use it in practice
Identify the importance of using a team approach to assessment and the benefits of collaboration
Develop team building skills
Identify team members and roles and responsibilities in developing IEP's, IFSP's and IWRP's.
Understand the "SETT Framework" and implementation process


Leadership Challenges (12 hours)
Assistive Technology is a fairly new field and it is ever changing. Leadership within this field has a tremendous impact on many aspects of Assistive Technology including service delivery, device production, universal design, etc. This on-line module will identify leadership styles, traits and challenges regarding Assistive Technology for the 21st century. Upon completion of this 12-hour on-line Leadership Module, participants will be able to:

Identify traits, skills, and styles of good leaders
Rate and assess their personal leadership qualities
Assess team qualities
Determine how to be a good team member
Understand how leadership can impact Assistive Technology
Develop a personal vision of Assistive Technology
Strategically plan and determine how to implement their vision
Identify ethical and professional issues


Funding and Policy Issues (8 hours)
Funding, Legislation and Policy issues are critical in obtaining assistive technology devices and services. Upon completion of this 8-hour on-line Funding and Policy Module, participants will be able to:

Understand the national, state and local legislative process
Identify policy implications with regard to assistive technology
Investigate and identify legislative resources on the Internet
Investigate and identify consumer resources on the Internet
Investigate and identify assistive technology funding information on the Internet
Identify and understand current practices, which can create barriers to funding of assistive technology devices and services
Understand how to become involved in the process and make a difference
Understand the complexity and diversity of the Internet as a tool and be able to place a judgment value on the information found
Describe the major funding sources within the US: Education, Medical Assistance, and Rehabilitation
Describe pending and current legislation on assistive technology issues
Understand the funding and policy implications for better access to assistive technology
Develop strategies for locating and obtaining assistive technology funding resources


Assistive Technology Applications (24 hours)
Participants will discover through case studies discussed on-line, as well as live, how assistive technology can be applied to support a person with a disability reach their individual goal(s). A wide range of practical applications and a broad scope of assistive technology will be addressed. Upon completion of this live and online module addressing case studies, participants will be able to:

Identify potential ways to improve education, vocation, and independent living with assistive technology
Identify the scope of assistive technology – from simple to complex
Determine the appropriate home/school/work options and modifications
Identify access issues
Identify options for assistive technology computer access
Develop an understanding of the complexities of technology use and integration by working through case histories using the FAP model
Expand their working knowledge of device features, matching technology with persons with disabilities through the use of "Tech Points" in the case studies
Identify ways to develop their teamwork and listening skills.


Focus on Specialized Areas (24 hours)
Assistive Technology is a very unique field, covering many aspects of a person’s life which include accommodation, environment, disability, goals, age, etc. This module will focus on specific areas of assistive technology and elaborate on individual features of technology, applications, and resources to gain further knowledge even after thetraining workshop is over. Upon completion of this module, participants will be able to:

Obtain information regarding assistive technology services, devices and resources available for persons with learning disabilities and cognitive differences to include:
Identifying the different input, processing and output features of various devices for organization, reading writing and math
Understanding the importance of access, presentation of material/text and other options
Identifying the importance of individual needs and addressing those needs through various tools, strategies and technologies

Obtain information regarding assistive technology services, equipment and resources available for persons with deafness or hearing loss
Become aware of culture and communication differences between the deaf and persons with hearing loss
Identify various communication strategies for effective communication
Identify existing technologies to aid in home, school, work and community environments

Obtain information regarding assistive technology services and equipment available for persons with blindness or visual impairments to include:
Becoming aware of disability etiquette
Understanding difference in vision loss
Identifying various tools, strategies and technologies to support persons who are blind or visually impaired

Obtain information regarding augmentative and alternative communication to include:
Identifying input, processing and output features.
Understanding various access, scanning, vocabulary selection, and simple-to-high-tech features of devices
Identifying the importance and differences of language, building of language development, communication as a whole and functional communication

Obtain information regarding computer access to include input, processing and output for all types of disabilities, settings and platforms

Obtain information regarding seating, positioning, mobility and ergonomics to include:
Identifying "Seating for functioning"
Understanding the differences and features of various seating/positioning materials
Explore various mobility options
Identify the features and characteristics of good ergonomic design and its application for all


Certificate Project (8 hours)
A practical independent or group project/action plan is required in order to earn the certificate. Participants are encouraged to develop a project/action plan to meet the needs of an individual with a disability and/or their organization. Project/action plan will be developed and approved in consultation with an ATACP Trainer and other ATACP faculty. A written project/action plan is due within 90 days after the live training is complete.


"Without the course, I would have not been able to set up an assistive technology team for my district. The live portion of the course was invaluable! I may not ever know everything about assistive technology, but I now have enough knowledge to ask informed questions!" Atlanta, GA Participant


The ATACP program content is of interest to speech-language pathologists, audiologists, and others working in AAC, language development, literacy and related areas. ASHA CEUs are being offered to ATACP participants at a minimal cost of $10. AAC Institute is approved by the Continuing Education Board of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) to provide continuing education activities in speech-language pathology and audiology. Refer to each activity for specific information about the CEUs offered, instructional level and content area. ASHA CE Provider approval does not imply endorsement of course content, specific products, or clinical procedures.

"Traditional" configuration of ATACP is offered for 3.0 CEUs (Intermediate level; Professional area) "FastTrax" configuration of ATACP is offered for 1.5 CEUs (Intermediate level; Professional area)

Who Should Attend?
Individuals with Disabilities and/or their Family Members
Educators, including Special Education and Administrators
Public and Private Rehabilitation Personnel
Employers and Human Resource Specialists and Accommodation Specialists
ADA and Section 508 Administrators for Universities/Colleges
Assistive and Information Technology Specialists
Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, and Speech/Language Pathologists

Program Requirements
Participants must have: 1) an email account and 2) access to the Internet to complete the on-line curriculum. On-line instructional materials will be available to participants approximately six weeks prior to the live workshop. Eligible participants will be issued a username and password to access these materials at the time they are accepted into the course. For the ATACP "Traditional" - the on-line, asynchronous material is to be completed prior to attending the live instruction in order to receive a certificate. For ATACP "FastTrax",a significant portion (approximately 40 hours) of the on-line material needs to be completed prior to the live instruction.

Total Cost
The cost of the program (including University CEUs) is $1,995 US Dollars per person. Cost does not include meals, hotel, or airfare.

Those who successfully complete the program earn a certificate from the California State University, Northridge College of Extended Learning with 10 Continuing Education Units (CEUs). Payment is due at the time of registration. A special 10% discount is offered if three or more persons from the same organization register at the same time, using the same purchase order, credit card, or check. At the time of acceptance we will process your registration and payment, and simultaneously issue a username and password through email. You will not be issued a username and password until full payment is received. See important information about purchase orders below.Please make checks payable to:CSUN.

* Partner Conference Attendance Discounts

Register to attend the Partner Conference where "FastTrax" is being offered (ATIA, TRLD, CSUN) and recieve a special rate for both the conference and "FastTrax:!

Sign up at the corresponding conference partner rate...

ATIA $350.00

TRLD $315.00

CSUN $225.00

...and you are now eligible for the "FastTrax" partner rate of $1,695.00!

Cancellation/Refund Policy
No refund will be paid once the on-line username and password have been accepted. Individuals/organizations will be expected to pay the full amount of the ATACP course. Refunds will be made (less the $50 cancellation processing fee) if 1) request for cancellation is received in writing 30 days prior to live training date and 2) on-line registration has not been completed.

Important Information About Purchase Orders
All purchase orders must contain the following:
"It is expressly understood that there will be a refund in full if enrollment is cancelled 30 days or more prior to the start of the ATACP and the on-line username and password have not been accepted. It is expressly understood that once the on-line username and password have been accepted, there is no refund and individuals/organizations will be billed for the full amount of the ATACP course." No purchase order will be accepted without this statement.


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Additional Information

ATACP participants are responsible for their own hotel accommodations and per diem expenses. Please make hotel bookings directly with the hotel. When making reservations, identify yourself as an ATACP participant to receive the group rate. Please share any special accommodation needs with the hotel at the time of booking.