September 2017, Volume 9
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In this issue:

I'll Push You: Official Trailer (2016)
I'll Push You: A Camino Journey of 500 Miles, Two Best Friends and One Wheelchair

Alt+Shift Update

We welcome Jared Koski to our Alt+Shift team! Jared is a speech language pathologist from the Marquette area who will be leading our communication focus this year. Jared has been involved with Alt+Shift on a part-time basis over the past year. He has recently taken on more time with us to share his knowledge and expertise with the educators of Michigan. Welcome, Jared!


Hyperdocs allow teachers to put all components of a lesson in one digital document, with links to all the resources students will need to engage in, and complete, that lesson. Benefits of hyperdocs include fewer lectures, more face-to-face interaction, flexibility, and multi-modal opportunities, all of which reflect Universal Design for Learning principles, and could function as Assistive Technology, to assist of a variety of learners.

Upcoming Events: Michigan

MASA Fall Conference (Michigan Association of School Administrators)
September 20-22, 2017
Grand Traverse Resort and Spa
Traverse City, MI

Michigan Autism Conference
October 12-13, 2017
Radisson Plaza Hotel & Suites
Kalamazoo, MI

2017 MiAEYC Infant Toddler Conference (Michigan Association for the Education of Young Children)
October 25, 2017
Edward Hotel and Conference Center
Dearborn, MI

#TalkingAAC Conference
November 1-3, 2017
Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center
East Lansing, MI

Michigan POHI/SXI Conference
November 2-3, 2017
Macomb Intermediate School District
Clinton Township, MI

Upcoming Events: National

Making in Education Conference at Maker Faire Milwaukee
September 23, 2017
Wisconsin State Fair Park
West Allis, WI

2017 Native American Conference on Special Education
September 19-20, 2017
Albuquerque Convention Center
Albuquerque, NM

2017 National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
November 15-18, 2017
Atlanta, GA

Lending Library Update

August 2017:
There are eight items on loan. 
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Featured item:  myGaze Power allows for an eye gaze user to access any standard Windows application as their peers who are using the keyboard and mouse.

For more information, visit myGaze website.

Opportunities to Learn More About What's in the Lending Library

Do you have a student who needs to use multiple switches to access his or her tablet? There is a bluetooth switch interface that enables input of up to three switches. The TabAccess Bluetooth Switch Interface is compatible with the iPad or Android tablet.

The TabAccess is available for loan in our lending library.

Pragmatic Organization Dynamic Display (PODD) Corner

You’re back in session and the first days of school are ahead of you. Start the year off by creating habits for communication at any time. Make sure you have communication supports including Aided Language Displays (ALDs), speech generating devices (SGDs), single message switches, multiple message switches, and of course, your PODD book within arm's reach! All of these contribute to a full robust communication system that your students require!

Also, in these first couple of weeks of school, make sure you have gathered baseline data about your students’ communication. Which functions of communication are in place? Which ones are missing? Knowing where your students are currently functioning with communication can help you to plan what will be addressed in the coming months. One tool to help you discover which communicative functions your students are using is the Pragmatics Profile. Here is the full profile (which is great for conversations among team members). And, here is the one page profile created by Keisha Tipton to support observation of pragmatic functions in the classroom.

Regional Assistive Technology Meetings

Michigan is divided into five Assistive Technology regions.  Most regions meet regularly to discuss issues pertaining to their profession and to further their professional learning.  To find out what region you are in, and who your Assistive Technology (AT) Contacts are for that region, visit the AT Contact List.

Region 1
October 4, 2017
November 14
December 15
January 31, 2018
March 12
April 26
June 1

Region 1A
October 6, 2017
* Contact the region for additional dates

Region 2
October 3, 2017
February 22, 2018 (remote meeting)
April 25

Region 3
No meetings scheduled at this time.

Region 4
*Dates subject to change, contact your regional AT Contacts to confirm before attending
September 14, 2017
October 12
November 9
December 14
January 11, 2018
February 8
March 8
April 12
May 10
June 14

Alt+Shift, encompassing Michigan's Integrated Mathematics Initiative, is an Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Grant Funded Initiative out of the Michigan Department of Education, Office of Special Education.

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