There is something for everyone at iPad Boot Camp, a four day, hands-on iPad training series! Participants will enjoy interactive sessions and learn about the many ways the iPad can be used to support individuals with disabilities’ independence. Whether you join us for a single day or all four, it is sure to be an APPsolutely amazing week! Participants will have access to an iPad during the session but are encouraged to bring their own if they have one.
Monday, August 12, 2013 - iPad 101: Intro to the Amazing iPad
This hands-on workshop will teach the basics of owning, operating, and maintaining an iPad, as well as the latest features that will benefit individuals with disabilities. Presented in two parts, the morning will be spent discussing and demonstrating the iPad’s basic hardware and software features and how they can be used to support individuals with disabilities. The afternoon session will showcase a variety of iPad accessories to accommodate for physical, sensory, or cognitive impairments. These accessories include: pocket trackers, switch access, interfaces with electronic aids to daily living (EADLS), stylus adaptations, mounting solutions, voice recognition, and more.
Tuesday, August 13, 2013 - Adapting the iPad for Individuals with Disabilities: A Make-and-Take Fabrication Workshop
While the iPad is promoted as a universally-designed tool, individuals with various disabilities often benefit from the added support of adaptations. This hands-on, interactive workshop will discuss the process for fabricating iPad adaptations for use by individuals with physical and sensory impairments. Participants will create 10 different adaptations, learn about 25 different iPad adaptations that can be made in five minutes or less, and learn how to fabricate four iPad stands and an accessible stylus. Participants will also create a mounting solution for an iPhone, tactile and visual overlays, and body-supported solutions for the iPad.
Wednesday, August 14, 2013 - Using iPads to Achieve Educational Success for Students with Disabilities
In the ever-expanding world of available apps, how can educators discern which ones will best serve students’ needs and create ways to measure success? This interactive workshop will address these concepts and more! Participants will explore apps for print disabilities, executive dysfunction and neurobehavioral challenges, mental health, communication impairments, writing, early learners, and apps that use the iPad camera. Participants must have attended iPad 101 or currently be an iPad user to participate in this session.
Thursday, August 15, 2013 – Apps and AT for Aging
Many older adults face increasing challenges in performing everyday tasks and creating a safe home environment. How can individuals who wish to stay in their homes, and those who support them, make use of simple tips, tricks, devices, and tools to make life easier? This workshop will address both low-tech and high-tech solutions that promote independence for older adults, including low-cost, on-the-fly fabrications and modifications, as well as iPad apps and adaptations.
Technologies that will be discussed and demonstrated include solutions for:
- Reducing slips and falls
- Maximizing grip
- Promoting memory and organization
- Addressing vision and hearing disabilities
- Recording heart rate, blood pressure, food intact, exercise and sleep patterns
- Real time video chats with loved ones and service providers
Who Should Attend:
General and special educators, paraeducators, assistive technology specialists and providers, accessibility professionals, ADA administrators, physical and occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, rehabilitation engineers, vocational rehabilitation counselors, family members, and others are encouraged to attend.