Feature Matching of Apps for Students with Disabilities

Thousands of apps are being recommended for students with disabilities. But how do you determine which app is best? This webinar discussed and demonstrated various tools, resources, and strategies to select the most appropriate app based upon desired outcomes, the environment, and the student's abilities. Participants learned how to perform an app analysis that analyzes apps based measurable student goals and the physical, sensory, cognitive, environmental, and social abilities required to affectively use the app for an intended goal. Terms such as "user-friendly, ease-of-use, robust, multimodal inputs and outputs, and flexibility" mean very little when trying to select the most appropriate tool to meet the student's needs. Understanding the key needs, goals and objectives for the student and the key features of an app or device enables us to match the student with the most appropriate instrument to achieve a desired goal.

Dr. Therese Willkomm is currently the Director of the New Hampshire Statewide Assistive Technology Program (ATinNH) with the Institute on Disability and a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy. In addition, Dr. Willkomm is the coordinator of the Graduate Certificate in Assistive Technology Program and the coordinator of the Disability Studies Minor. She has been engaged in providing/managing assistive technology services for over 28 years in the areas of home, school, and worksite modifications for persons with disabilities. She is known nationally and internationally as “The MacGyver of Assistive Technology" and for her work in rural rehabilitation technology.

Event Date: 
Wednesday, October 25th, 2017 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm EDT
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Phone Number: 866.668.0721
Conference Code: 789 584 8249

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In this webinar, Dr. Therese Willkomm demonstrated various tools, resources, and strategies to select the most appropriate apps for students with disabilities based upon their desired outcomes, environments, and abilities. Participants learned how to perform an app analysis based on measurable student goals and the various capabilities required to effectively use apps for their intended goal.