Michigan Assistive Technology Program:
Michigan's Assistive Technology provides the state leadership activities of public awareness and training. Primarily, public awareness is provided through this web site, our Assistive Technology Connections newsletter and our work with Michigan's Centers for Independent Living to help increase their capacity for provision of information and assistance about assistive technology.
Training activities are instructional events designed to increase participants’ knowledge, skills and competencies regarding assistive technology devices and services and/or policy issues. The project has produced and delivered a variety of training sessions on assistive technology.
Person Centered Planning
The Cornell University website has seven courses on Person Centered Planning, each of which provides an introduction, an activity, readings and resources, and a quiz. Modules include:
These modules are available at http://www.ilr.cornell.edu/edi/pcp/.
Person Centered Planning
Marc Gold’s “Try Another Way” is a systematic training approach based on the fundamental beliefs that: everyone can learn but we have to figure out how to teach; students with developmental disabilities have much more potential than anyone realizes; and all people with disabilities should have the opportunity to decide how to live their lives. These video segments demonstrate his philosophy, and the respect and value he placed on the abilities of each of his students.
Parents as Collaborative Leaders
A collaborative research project hosted by the University of Vermont and PACER Center. The project receives major funding through the United States Department of Special Education Programs as well as support from the National Institute of Leadership, Disability, and Students Placed at Risk. Training modules are aimed at increasing parent leadership skills. http://www.uvm.edu/~pcl/modules.php.
The Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL)
CSEFEL has created Parent Training Modules which provide information for families on promoting children’s social and emotional skills, understanding their problem behaviors, and using positive approaches to help them learn appropriate behaviors. The modules are available online at http://www.vanderbilt.edu/csefel/parent.html.
The Indiana Deafblind Services Project
With various consultants in the area of deafblindness, the Indiana Deafblind Services Project has developed a series of training modules for teachers, parents and paraprofessionals working with students who are deafblind. These modules are tied to Indiana Professional Standards for teachers and the objectives from the Competencies for Teachers of Learners Who Are Deafblind that were developed by members from the Perkins National Deafblind Training Project published in 1997. They can be reviewed for general knowledge or, when completed in full with all of the associated assignments, can be taken for CRUs or credit toward Indiana Professional Development Portfolios. http://www1.indstate.edu/blumberg/db/modules.htm.
Perkins’ series of on-demand webcasts are presented by experts in the field of visual impairment and deafblindness. Depending on whether your interests are professional or personal, you will find topics of interest. http://perkins.org/webcasts/.
Project Officer, Joseph Clair.