Tennessee Association for Assistive Technology Conference 2016


December 1-2, 2016, Nashville, TN


As technologies continue to change at a rapid pace, teachers and school support specialists struggle to keep abreast of what is new and how to use these supports in the classroom.  Students are being introduced almost daily to new technologies in the classroom, many of which may serve the special needs of our students with physical, intellectual, and/or learning disabilities.  These changes are modifying the scope of what can be considered an ‘assistive technology’ and it is imperative that educators and clinicians working with this population receive regular professional development training to learn to use these tools to modify the environment and the curriculum.  Now in its 11th year, the TAAT Conference has annually offered an average of 45 hours of instruction over one and one-half days to teachers, administrators, therapists and technology specialists from across the state. 

Sessions will address a wide range of topics and tools. Examples include: the use of visual supports for adapting communication and literacy, accessibility of classroom environment for students with physical challenges, adapting academic instruction and assessment, use of commercially sold technologies (such as Chromebooks) for improving curriculum access, technology supports for students with vision impairments, use of common technologies to support UDL in the classroom, use of rubrics for determining effectiveness of mobile device apps and software supports, IEP team roles, and more.


List of Conference Speakers located at: http://www.taat.org/

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Understand and describe the importance of using technology supports for students with physical and/or cognitive disabilities that affect learning
  2. Modify academic instruction and related materials using a wide range of assistive technology strategies and commercially available tools to support students with special needs
  3. Identify tools or programs that can be used to create visual supports for children with speech and language impairments or intellectual disabilities
  4. Identify student groups who might benefit from select technologies.
  5. Identify common technologies that can be used to enhance academic instruction through a universal design for learning (UDL) approach


This activity is offered for up to 1.0 CEUs (10.0 hours of instruction). To register for CEUs:
  1. Download, and complete the following forms.
  2. Save the files names: 161202_TAAT_Lastname_Firstname.xls
  3. Send both files to ceus@aacinstitute.org
  4. CEU certificate will be sent after submitting the two forms

Note: If any difficulty is encountered in using this form, write to ceus@aacinstitute.org to request an alternative file format.