Iowa Assistive Technology Professional Development Network

The Iowa Assistive Technology Professional Development Network, funded through the University of Iowa’s Office of the Provost and facilitated by ICATER, will create, coordinate, and provide AT professional development opportunities to professionals, parents, and individuals with disabilities across the state of Iowa, focusing especially on educational and employment settings. 

Importance to Iowa Education

In the most recent report on standardized test achievement from the Iowa Department of Education, Iowa ranked last in the United States in the achievement gap between students with and without disabilities.  A large, underutilized resource for improving this is the use of AT for students with disabilities in the classroom.  During the 2008-2009 school year, ICATER conducted a statewide needs assessment on AT in K-12 classrooms to determine the biggest barriers to AT use.  The biggest barriers were teachers’ lack of awareness of available AT, lack of training opportunities, and lack of training time.  The creation of the Network aims to address all of these issues by providing training opportunities for all educators across the state.  Available training will help create a better understanding of AT, thereby encouraging more effective usage in the classroom.

The Assistive iPad

ICATER will also be conducting short 10-15 minute webinars that highlight Assistive Technology Applications for iPad. These short lessons will be archived and accessible on ICATER’s website.

Note: All links for future dates are direct links to the live webinar.  All links from past dates are links to archived recordings.

  1. WriteOnline. (archived) January 8.
  2. iAnnotate PDF. (archived) January 15.
  3. AudioNote. (archived) January 22.
  4. Prizmo. (archived) January 29.
  5. Proloquo4Text. (archived) February 5.
  6. Write PDF. (archived) February 12.
  7. Scheduler. (archived) February 26.
  8. Name That!. (archived) March 5.
  9. UPad. (archived) March 12.
  10. ClaroCom Pro US. (archived) March 26.
  11. TalkBoard. (archived) April 2.
  12. ReadIris. April 9.
  13. Action-Timer & Picture Timer. April 16.
  14. Handy Speech. April 23.
  15. AudioNotebook & Memo. April 30
  16. Spell Better. May 7.
  17. Behavior Tracker Pro. May 14.

AT Webinar Series

Consideration of assistive technology for students served by special education is necessary in school settings to provide access to learning; thus, a solid foundation of the available assistive technology devices and software in the market is crucial.  Live, hour-long webinars will be available on a monthly basis, using distance education software that will enable hands-on learning and interaction with professionals across the state.  ICATER will focus mainly on opportunities that will assist those who work with individuals that have disabilities in education and employment settings.  

Have to miss a live webinar?  All live webinar classes will be archived and accessible through the ICATER website.  Classes and videos will also be closed-captioned.

Registration is now open.  Registration will add you to ICATER’s growing Network listserve in order to provide you with updates and information.

To access live webinars, click on the links below with the corresponding dates and times. All live webinars begin at 3:00pm on Wednesday unless otherwise noted.



Webinar Archives

Upcoming Events

ICATER Webinar: Handy Speech

April 23. 3:00 - 3:30 pm. Live webinar

ICATER Webinar: AudioNotebook & Memo

April 30. 3:00 - 3:30 pm. Live webinar

ICATER Webinar: Spell Better

May 7. 3:00 - 3:30 pm. Live webinar

ICATER Webinar: Behavior Tracker Pro

May 14. 3:00 - 3:30 pm. Live webinar