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Free, Online Professional Development

Accessibility is often the key to independence. Because each person’s needs are different, it is important to carefully assess what assistive technologies (AT) are necessary and how to effectively use them.

Designed for educators, professionals, families, persons with disabilities, and others of all ages, the Assistive Technology Internet Modules (ATIM) guide users through case studies, instructional videos, pre- and post-assessments, glossaries, discussion questions, and more.

Coming this Winter 2021

  • AT for Workplace Accommodations
  • AT for Driving and Transportation
  • AT Implementation for Adults
  • AAC Implementation: Adults with DD

Featured Modules

  • AT Assessment Strategies for Adults: Part 1
  • AT Assessment Strategies for Adults: Part 2
  • Assistive and Smart Home Technology for Independent Living
  • AAC Assessment: Adults with DD

Featured ATIM Course – Earn Graduate Credit

AT For Life Skills

This online course uses the Assistive Technology Internet Modules to provide participants with information about assistive technology assessment and implementation to support students’ access to employment, independent living and post secondary education. Participants in this course will learn more specifically about AT to support personal organization, daily living skills, environmental access, recreation and leisure and other skills as they apply to independent living, post secondary education and employment.

To learn about other courses, visit the Courses tab in the Search!

What Will I Learn?

Created by experts and practitioners this collection of 50+ free, self-paced modules is designed to help users better understand, identify the need, plan for, collaborate, and support individuals with disabilities within their school, home, community, or work using assistive and supportive technologies.

Features

  • Earn professional development certificates and graduate credit online—no face-to face meetings (minimal costs associated)
  • Ideal for individual or group-based learning
  • Track your learning with pre- and post-assessments
  • Expand your learning with discussion questions, activities, and other support resources

Testimonials

As a university instructor for both undergraduate and graduate courses for special education teachers, I find that the ATIM modules are invaluable in helping my students get the information that they need about assistive technology. The modules can be used individually in courses that address topics such as academic instruction, life skills development strategies, and transition planning. The modules also provide an excellent resource for classes that focus entirely on assistive technology devices and services.

Gayl Bowser, MS., Ed., Independent Consultant, Former coordinator of the Oregon Technology Access Program (OTAP)

I first began using the Assistive Technology Internet Modules (ATIM) nine years ago when I was a classroom teacher. Now, as someone who supports school districts and teaches at the university level, I integrate these modules into the professional development and curriculum I deliver. One of the things I like best is that all of the resources are tied to the modules. You don’t have to search for things—it’s all right there. It’s easy to find the topics and users can pick things that are of interest to them, which really personalizes the experience. You can use the modules on your own time, which is important for teachers who need flexibility when they can’t get out of their classrooms.

Megan Trowbridge, State Support Team Consultant, Region 14

One of the things that sets the ATIM modules apart from other professional learning resources is the various examples—with videos, case studies, and more, there are so many different ideas on how to apply various strategies. When I dive into the content, I can literally click on every module and get lost in the content—in a good way. Because the content is well organized, I can easily find what I’m looking for, which saves me time.

For those who aren’t familiar with the ATIM modules, I would encourage them to check the modules out. Users will be amazed at everything that is available and they will love the fact that the modules are flexible and free. These resources are also great for parents who are starting to enter this world, particularly preschool parents.

Bethany Newsome, Speech-Language Pathologist, Chillicothe City Schools

From a national professional development perspective, the Assistive Technology Internet Modules (ATIM) are great for group-based or individual learning. The discussion questions make the resources ideal for teams. The range of topics available is impressive and I really like that users can link to different items based on their personal interests. I would highly recommend these modules to anyone wanting to learn more about assistive technology. Whether you’re an educator, service provider, family member, or person with disabilities, there’s something valuable for everyone.

Diana Carl, Consultant, National Center on Accessible Educational Materials

The Assistive Technology Internet Modules (ATIM) provide a nice way of introducing people who aren’t familiar with assistive technology to important concepts and information. As more and more schools and classrooms strive to become more inclusive, these resources provide useful information to help build awareness and understanding.

Jennifer Rahschulte, Assistive Technology Specialist, Olentangy School District

How to Get Started

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Create an Account It’s Free!

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Select a Module of Interest

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Review All Module Content

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Complete Post-Assessment

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Earn Certificate or Grad Credit*

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*This is optional. These modules are available at no cost; however, fee-based professional development certificates are available. If interested in graduate credit, create an account to view the college/university courses available.

Looking for More?

Want to expand your learning? Check out these other online resources developed by OCALI.

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