Tennessee Association for Assistive Technology Conference 2018


November 29-30, 2018, Franklin, TN


New technologies for the classroom continue to emerge, many of which may serve the special needs of our students with physical, intellectual, and/or learning disabilities. As more and more students enter school with identified speech and language disabilities, educators and clinicians are relying even more on the use of technology interventions to “reach and teach” these children using alternative and augmentative communication (AAC) resources. Educators and clinicians working with this population must receive regular professional development training to learn to use all manner of assistive technology tools to modify the environment and the curriculum to support active engagement and learning. Now in its 13th year, the TAAT Conference has annually offered more than 40+ hours of instruction over one and one-half days to teachers, administrators, therapists, technology specialists and families of student users 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, providing accommodations for students with visual and/or hearing impairments, using core vocabulary interventions to foster visually-supported communication, accessing community resources, adapting academic instruction and assessment, use of commercially available technologies (such as PowerPoint) for improving curriculum access, technology supports for students with a range of communication challenges, use of common technologies to support UDL in the classroom, assessment and review of mobile device apps and software supports, IEP team roles, and more.


List of presentors:



Learning Outcomes:

  1. Participants will be able to identify the continuum of no-tech to high-tech supports that can be used for alternative and augmentative communication (AAC) supports to students with speech and language impairments.
  2. Participants will be able to describe the benefits of using core vocabulary when introducing AAC options.
  3. Participants will be able to describe potential uses of commercially available tools and programs as assistive technologies.
  4. Participants will be able to understand and describe the importance of using technology supports for students with physical and/or cognitive disabilities that affect learning.
  5. Participants will be able to modify academic instruction and related materials using a wide range of assistive technology strategies and commercially available tools to support students with special needs.
  6. Participants will be able to identify a number of common tools or programs that can be used to create visual supports for children with speech and language impairments and/or intellectual disabilities.
  7. Participants will be able to identify student groups who might benefit from specific technologies.


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: 181130_TAAT_Lastname_Firstname
  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.