Friday, January 5, 2024

New Assistive Technology Trainings from MonTECH (virtual training)

We are excited to have MonTECH bring us a three-part series on assistive technology. This series will be repeated again in the spring. All trainings are virtual. Two OPI renewal units are available for each training. 

How to do an Assistive Technology Assessment

March 28   2:30-4:00 p.m.

Not sure how to choose Assistive Technology (AT) for your students? Never done an AT assessment before? This workshop will present best practices for assessing a student’s need for AT. We’ll discuss resources including the OPI Special Education Guide to Assistive Technology. We will also look at available assessment tools and how you can use them in your school. We will answer frequently asked questions about AT assessment and any other questions you may have. 

Implementing the Use of Assistive Technology in Schools

April 25    2:30 - 4:00 p.m.

After completing an assistive technology (AT) assessment, what’s next? In this workshop we will discuss the steps for supporting successful adoption of AT for your students. We’ll explore the OPI Special Education Guide to Assistive Technology and how it can assist you in the AT implementation process.

Registration has closed


How to Get Funding for Assistive Technology

March 6    2:30-4:00 p.m.

May 30    2:30-4:00 p.m.

You’ve completed your assessment and found a need for an assistive technology (AT) device- what do you do now? In this workshop we’ll discuss who is responsible for providing AT and available resources for acquiring and funding devices for use at school and in the community. 

Register here. 


Presenter Bios

Michelle Allen, ATP

Michelle is an Assistive Technology Specialist with MonTECH, Montana’s Assistive Technology Act program.  She provides demonstrations, support, and training with the mission of increasing access to assistive technology for Montanans with disabilities.  Michelle has 20 years of experience working with people with disabilities. She is a certified Assistive Technology Professional. She works out of the Missoula office.

Liz Kuehn, PTA

Liz is the Eastern Clinic Coordinator for MonTECH, Montana’s Assistive Technology Act program. She provides information and training on assistive technology devices and services with a focus on outreach in the eastern half of the state. She is also a licensed physical therapist assistant and previously worked for several years providing physical therapy services in a public-school setting. She works out of the Billings office.