HILIA Presents: Access for ALL: Using Technology to Provide Accessible Core Content

Thursday, June 7, 2018 from 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM
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Registration open through 6/5/2018 10:59 PM EST


Access for ALL: Using Technology to Provide Accessible Core Content


Mike Marotta, ATP - AT Specialist; President, Inclusive Technology Solutions, LLC. Mike is a RESNA Certified Assistive Technology Professional who has been providing direct services to individuals with all disabilities for over 27 years. He runs his own technology consulting firm, Inclusive Technology Solutions, LLC. As an evaluator, Mike works collaboratively with teams in all environments (school, workplace, and community) to effectively match the individual's needs to technology supports. Mike is a nationally and internationally recognized presenter who was previously a trainer for California State University at Northridge (CSUN), providing practical and in-depth training to professionals interested in specializing in assistive technology. In addition, Mike is an adjunct professor at California State University, Northridge (CA); Ramapo College of New Jersey (NJ); and Felician University (NJ) where he teaches courses for pre-service teachers and Masters level educators in Assistive Technology and Universal Design for Learning. Mike is also a member of the Faculty at the Center on Technology and Disabilities (http://www.ctdinstitute.org/) and presents on an array of topics. Mike is the Director of the Richard West Assistive Technology Advocacy Center at Disability Rights New Jersey, Manager of Professional Learning at Learning Ally and serves on the CAST Accessible Educational Materials Advisory Board.

Target Audience

Gen Ed Teachers, Special Ed Teachers, OTs, SLPs, AT Specialists, Curriculum Directors

Description of Workshop

With the increase in technology in today's classrooms, students have access to Core Content materials, websites, ebooks, PDFs, Google Docs and more. But.... available doesn't mean accessible! Join us for this hands-on full day workshop as we discuss strategies to provide digital text that is accessible to ALL learners regardless of ability. Learn about Accessible Educational Materials and Open Educational Resources (OER) to provide instructional materials. Bring examples of your materials and we will explore technology tools (software, apps, web tools) to modify these materials to provide access for all. Facilitator will provide extensive resources through a collaborative online presence.

Participants will:

· Effectively match student needs to Accessible Educational Materials format in order to access Core Content and classroom materials.

· Understand and integrate Open Educational Resources into the delivery of accessible instruction.

· Explore a range of technology tools (for all OS platforms) that can be used to create/modify/provide access to Core Content and classroom materials.

· Develop a plan for a district wide system for creation, storage and using accessible Core Content and classroom materials.

Lunch will be on your own, snacks provided by ROE #17.


No charge for educators, community service providers, and parents associated with HILIA schools and partner organizations – District #87, Unit 5, all member schools of Tri-County Special Education Association, all member schools of Livingston County Special Services Unit, Illinois State University, Regional Office of Education #17, and The Baby Fold. Community service providers and parents are asked to register as members of the school district in which they reside or work.

Registration fee of $25 for all other registrants. Please send payment of $25 per person to the Heart of Illinois Low Incidence Association in care of ROE #17, 200 W. Front Street, Suite 500 D, Bloomington, IL 61701.

A $30.00 service fee will be billed to all who register, but do not attend.


Illinois State University Alumni Center



1101 North Main Street



Normal, IL 61761



Presenter: Mike Marotta, ATP - AT Specialist; President, Inclusive Technology Solutions, LLC