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StateWide Assistive Technology, Augmentative and Alternative Communication

The Colorado Department of Education’s school-based SWAAAC teams provide multidisciplinary Assistive Technology services to enable students with disabilities equal access to the curriculum and full participation in their education and classroom. There are over 60 participating school districts and 500 SWAAAC team members across the state of Colorado.



What's New?

 

Did you miss the Sepetember Web Conference?

In case you missed it or just want to see it again, you now watch the September Web Conference on YouTube. Michelle Butler also provided this mock website as an example to go along with her presentation.

 

Calling all OTs and PTs! Please take this survey!

Are you an OT or PT? If so, please consider this survey study about the current attitudes and practices of pediatric physical therapists and occupational therapists working in either Canada or the United States related to power mobility use for children who have mobility deficits/limitations.

 

2016-2017 Specific Learning Disability Affective Competencies Series

The Missing Piece of the Puzzle – Reducing Stress & Addressing Social and Emotional Learning for Students with SLD: A hybrid professional learning opportunity for educational teams with Dr. Jerry Schultz.

 

If you would like to learn about topics including: the neuroscience behind the effects of chronic and toxic stress, the relationship between SLD, ADHD, and stress, practical instructional strategies for social and emotional learning, the DE-STRESS model, how to help students with SLD and ADHD reduce and manage stress, and help these students develop self-regulation, self-advocacy, and executive functioning skills, then consider participating in this professional learning opportunity for educational teams.

 

This hybrid professional learning institute occurs over the course of 3 months and is intended for teams of 2-5. Please note that although individuals are welcome to register, team registrations will be given preference over individual registrations. The first session is a live event on Septemeber 27th, at Anschutz Medical Campus with a state-wide, virtual broadcast to 6 remote learning sites at: Durango, Haxtun, Lamar, Pueblo, Salida, and Steamboat Springs.

 

For full details of this professional learning opportunity, view the brochure.
Register Today!

 

The SWAAAC Central Office Has Moved!

Its official, the SWAAAC Central Office has finally moved! We are now located at:

1201 5th St
Suite 240, Campus Box 180
Denver, CO 80204

 

Alexandria Loan Bank

SWAAAC is excited to announce the launch of the new Alexandria Loan Bank. Anyone is able to view the catalog and browse the hundreds of devices available through the SWAAAC Loan Bank. Find out more information on how to use the Alexandria Loan Bank here. To borrow a device from the Loan Bank, contact your district's Team Coordinator.


Important Dates to Remember

Specific Learning Disability Affective Competencies Series
Date: Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Time: 8:00 am-5:00 pm
Location: Anschutz Medical Campus, Shore Family Forum
View the brochure
Register Today!

 

Dynamic Learning Maps Professional Development Modules
Teaching Text Comprehension & DR-TA and Other Text Comprehension Approaches

Date: Wednesday, October 5, 2016
Time: 1:00-4:00 pm
Location: SWAAAC Central Office
Register Today!

 

SWAAAC Monthly Web Conference
Assistive Technology Assessment Accommodations with Mindy Roden
Date: Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Time: 3:00-4:00 pm
Location: Online via Zoom

 

Fall Advisory Committee Meeting
Date: Thursday, October 13, 2016
Time: 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Location: SWAAAC Central Office

 

Fall Team Coordinators Meeting
Date: Friday, October 14, 2016
Time: 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Location: Auraria Higher Education Center, Admin Building

 

Dynamic Learning Maps Professional Development Modules
Emergent Writing & Writing: Text Types and Purposes

Date: Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Time: 1:00-4:00 pm
Location: SWAAAC Central Office
Register Today!

 

Dynamic Learning Maps Professional Development Modules
Writing: Production and Distribution & Predictable Chart Writing

Date: Wednesday, November 2, 2016
Time: 1:00-4:00 pm
Location: SWAAAC Central Office
Register Today!

 

SWAAAC Monthly Web Conference
Date: Tuesday, November 8, 2016
Time: 3:00-4:00 pm
Location: Online via Zoom

 

Dynamic Learning Maps Professional Development Modules
Writing: Getting Started with Narrative Writing

Date: Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Time: 1:00-4:00 pm
Location: SWAAAC Central Office
Register Today!

 

SWAAAC EduCamp 2016
Date: Monday, December 5, 2016
Time: 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Location: Auraria Higher Education Center, Tivoli Student Union

 

Dynamic Learning Maps Professional Development Modules
Symbols & DLM Core Vocabulary and Communication

Date: Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Time: 1:00-4:00 pm
Location: SWAAAC Central Office
Register Today!



SWAAAC 101: AT & the Law, AT & the IEP, AT Assessment, AT & Transition
On-demand via online Moodle trainings