Thursday, March 9, 2023

Making A.T. Solutions in Minutes to Achieve Educational Success – A Hands-on Virtual AT Maker Workshop

June 20, 2023   8:30 AM – 4:00 P.M.  Via Zoom

Seven OPI renewal units are available for this training. 

Description:  Become a rapid problem solver using everyday tools and materials for creating assistive technology solutions in minutes.

This virtual hands-on workshop embraces the “ABLE” principles for creating rapid A.T solutions in schools that are adjustable, portable, collapsible, repositionable, reusable, expandable, and multi-use.  Everyone can be a creative problem solver. 

Explore a variety of methods, materials, and resources for creating A.T. solutions in five minutes or less. Learn the 3Ms of Making, Mounting and Modifying.  Assistive technology has a very high failure rate, and therefore, creating rapid solutions or modifications to solutions are needed to achieve educational success for students with disabilities.  Learn about the 85% of assistive technology in schools that doesn’t involve a computer. 

Participants will receive a kit of materials in the mail, one week prior to the workshop that will be using during the training for hands-on making of 10 different multi use devices that can be used to accommodate for a variety of functional limitations and specific learning activities in the classroom.  In addition, each person will receive a copy of Dr. Willkomm’s Assistive Technology Solutions in Minutes - Book III – “Make Stuff and Love People” that can be used for ongoing AT device making and modifications for students with disabilities. This is the most comprehensive assistive technology maker’s/solutions book available with over 1,500 images and QR codes to 500 how-to videos and resources for rapid solution creations. 

PLEASE NOTE: This workshop is limited to only 25 people and requires the mailing of hands-on materials. Therefore, specific cancellation and No Show policies are in effect that could affect your participation in future trainings from the Autism Project. 

Cancellations: You are welcome to cancel at any time. If you cancel after June 2nd that will mean that your training slot is unavailable to anyone else and you will be responsible for sending to the OPI the hands-on training materials that have been mailed to you. 

No Shows:  If you do not cancel and do not attend, 1. you will be unable to receive a MAEP scholarship to the 2024 MCEC conference, the MonTECH August Institute and other conferences/trainings we may offer scholarships to or any training which requires us to pay a non-refundable fee per person; and 2. You will be automatically wait-listed for any 2023-2024 trainings that have a limited attendance. 

Register here. 

BIO Paragraph:  Dr. Therese Willkomm, PhD, is currently the Director of New Hampshire’s State Assistive Technology Program with the Institute on Disability at the University of New Hampshire (UNH)  Dr. Willkomm is also a clinical associate professor emeritus in the Department of Occupational Therapy.  She developed, coordinated and taught the assistive technology courses for the Graduate Certificate Program in Assistive Technology for 23 years. She is known nationally and internationally for her innovative strategies for creating solutions in minutes.  She has designed and fabricated over two thousand different solutions for individuals with disabilities. She has presented her work in 42 states, ten foreign countries and three U.S. Territories and has authored over 22 publications including her recent book Assistive Technology Solutions in Minutes Book 3: - “Make Stuff and Love People”.