The Tech Ambassadors initiative at The Arc Westchester is designed to expand our staff’s knowledge of everyday tech and the ways it can be used to support the people we serve each day – in day services, in the community, at work and in their homes.
To register for the series, please contact Jordan Jankus, Coordinator of Person-Centered & Cognitive Supports at JJankus@arcwestchester.org
Tech Ambassadors Webinar – 4/15/20 – AAC in the Workplace: Tools for Real-Life Communication!
Ashley DePiano, M.S., CC-SLP, Solutions Consultant from Tobii Dynavox, helps us understand how AAC can contribute to a successful job experience!
Tech Ambassadors Webinar – 3/4/20 – Focus – Being Present and Staying on Task: How personal technology can help!
In this Webinar, we discuss how personal tech can help all of us stay on track, when things around us cause us to shift focus. All of us have distractions and our mind wanders…it’s a fact of life, but everyday personal technology might have tools that can help us.
Tech Ambassadors Webinar – 3/4/20 – Food Shopping – How to Make it More Accessible to People with Cognitive Disabilities
In this webinar, we focus on tools that can help people become more engaged in selecting the foods they want and share in community shopping experiences. This is the first recording where we added PowerPoint automatic subtitling to the webinar. Let us know if you find it helpful – or – a distraction.
Tech Ambassadors Webinar – 2/10/20 – Looking at Google Duo: A FREE Alternative to FaceTime and Skype
FaceTime is great if you have an Apple product. Skype is what it is. But Google Duo bridges the platform gap for communication and it’s FREE. Another in our series of FREE fast-paced Tech Ambassadors webinar that looks at ways that personal technology can make a difference in the lives of people with cognitive disabilities.
Tech Ambassadors Webinar – 1/8/20 – Bridge Communication
Join Danielle Poletti, M.S., CCC-SLP of Bridge Communication as she explains the many features of this affordable and customizable communication app. She created and developed this app to bridge the gap between students, parents, teachers, and therapists who may be facing communication barriers—helping them successfully learn and grow together. From the APP Store description: “An AAC app and multipurpose app for communication, language, and speech development that is affordable AND adaptable! BRIDGE Communication makes learning fun with a fast learning curve. It’s easy to program, engaging to all, and kids and adults will not abandon this app.”
Tech Ambassadors Webinar – 10/3/19 – All Together Now: iPads for Groups
While the iPad is seen as a personal device, it can be a powerful tool for group presentations to individuals in a day services setting. We provide examples that will engage and stimulate your audience.
Tech Ambassadors Webinar – 9/26/19 – “Table It” app
We take a look at a FREE, but powerful app based on the concept of spreadsheets. A simple way for a person to collect their information and share it with others. Each block of cells can contain text, pictures and sound. Originally designed to help students organize their work, it has many more lifetime applications. Another great app from the folks at “Do IT” family of special needs apps.
Tech Ambassadors – 8/29/19 – Apple Clips
We highlight the feature of Apple Clips, a powerful free app that comes with Apple devices. It’s a easy-to-use, but powerful, video-editing tool that allows you to produce fun and engaging video stories.
Tech Ambassadors: 5/14/19 – Lingraphica Small Talk Daily Activities FREE App
This webinar focuses on the FREE app, SmallTalk Daily Activities, from Lingraphica and Aphasia.com, that provides an easy way to see if a person who does not have spoken words but has receptive language, can express themselves with a picture library of spoken words and phrases. A simple way to see if an AAC device could help a person function with more independence.