Assistive Technology Decision Making Process for Reading & Writing

Monday June 15th, 16th, 17th & 18th, 2020 

Time: 9:00AM - 10:30AM

One member of your team will fill out this Tech Camp application form.   Your team should be in this system by June 7th.  You will be informed of your acceptance to the Tech Camp after June 8th.  You will be sent webinar links when you team has been selected.

Registration open through 6/23/2020 3:00 PM Central Time (US & Canada)


Assistive technology can improve a student's access to the curriculum, progress on goals, and independence. It is critical that educational teams have an understanding of the assistive technology (AT) decision making process to determine tools that can support a student in the school environment. This presentation will guide participants through the decision making process relating to assistive technology in the areas of reading and writing. Current Illinois legislation related to AT consideration will be discussed. A continuum of AT tools, and their features, in the areas of reading and writing will be reviewed. The process of gathering information using the SETT framework and matching features of tools to students' needs will be described . Resources to support planning for and implementation of AT trials, and documentation of the process will be shared. Participants will engage in activities to apply content related to AT consideration, the SETT framework, and AT tools in the areas of reading and writing.


Participants will be able to

  • State the law related to AT and AT consideration
  • Name the components that make up the SETT framework
  • Name AT tools, and their features, in the area of reading and writing
  • Describe the process for trialing AT tools and determining their effectiveness
  • Identify where and how the need for AT can be documented in an Individualized Education Program (IEP)




Continuing Education
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association: Units - 0.6
Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation: Hours - 6
Illinois State Board of Education: Hours - 6


Samantha Conklin, MS, UCP Seguin/Infinitec & Jennifer Skalizky MS, ATP

Samantha received Bachelor's and Master's degrees in special education from Purdue University focusing in the areas of Severe and Mild Disabilities. While completing her graduate coursework she participated in the Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Personnel Preparation grant, and was a course instructor for undergraduate classes in special education and a teaching assistant for a graduate course in AAC. Her previous work experience includes teaching in elementary special education classrooms, and working as an AAC Consultant and as an Assistive Technology Specialist for school districts.

Samantha works for UCP-Infinitec as an Assistive Technology Facilitator. She collaborates and provides technical assistance to classroom teams to support the integration of assistive technology for students, and provides training on a variety of topics related to assistive technology.


download Jennifer Skalitzky works for UCP-Infinitec as an Assistive Technology Facilitator. She coordinates webinars, performs collaborations, and provides trainings. Jennifer received a Bachelor's degree in Communication Disorders from Eastern Illinois University and received a M.S. in Disability and Human Development from the University of Illinois - Chicago (UIC). Her area of specialization was Rehabilitation/Assistive Technology, and she completed a Graduate Assistantship with UIC's Assistive Technology Unit (ATU). After graduation she worked for UIC's ATU where she supported students and adults using AAC devices. In addition, she has worked at Northwest Suburban Special Education Organization (NSSEO) as an Assistive Technology Facilitator. While there she supported the assistive technology needs of students with severe physical disabilities, students with Autism and learning disabilities. She also supported staff through trainings and the implementation of assistive technology. In the past, Jennifer has been an adjunct teacher at Lewis University and taught the undergraduate and graduate class on Assistive Technology for the Special Education Department.





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