Judith Schoonover, MEd, OTR/L, ATP, FAOTA.
Judith Schoonover is an occupational therapist and former elementary school teacher. She is certified as an assistive technology professional (ATP) by RESNA and is a founding member of the Loudoun County Public Schools Assistive Technology Team. Judith has worked in schools for more than 40 years. She has authored articles and chapters and has presented on the topics of school-based occupational therapy, transition, literacy, and assistive technology nationally. She is the former vice president of the Virginia Occupational Therapy Association and has served as the communication liaison for the American Occupational Therapy Association's (AOTA) Early Intervention and School Special Interest Section. She has participated on several National Association of Directors of Special Education (NASDE) work groups pertaining to response to intervention (RtI), transition, and virtual schools. Currently, Judith represents AOTA on the National Joint Committee (NJC) for the Communication Needs of Persons with Severe Disabilities and participates on AOTA's Transition and RtI Work Groups.
Two-Four-Six-Eight, Helping Kids Participate!
With the right supports, all students can learn. Meaningful participation can be facilitated by altering access, content, materials and tools. Matching needs with “the right tool for the job” for students from cradle to career is a skill and a challenge. Determining supports and strategies that are 'least restrictive', implementing Universal Design for Learning (UDL) practices, or selecting needed assistive technology as a member of an educational team is an ongoing process. To build capacity of all stakeholders, it is important to work together, sharing effective practices about the use of a continuum of tools to enable optimal student learning outcomes. This workshop will provide an overview of resources to support student needs and provide participants with a digital toolkit to begin or continue that process.