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Get to Know (and even join) the AT Leadership Group

In November 2019, several educators working in assistive technology gathered to discuss needs around getting the right AT tools into the hands of students. The focus has largely been on building capacity, considering assistive technology for all learners with disabilities, and building a stronger network of professionals.
The following are the 2019-2020 goals and progress made toward the goals as of May 2020: 

  1. Build quality resources to support professional development in districts.
    1. Task forces are being formed related to:
      1. Accessibility (how to meet accessibility guidelines virtually).
      2. Process (supporting educators in selecting and considering AT during remote learning).
      3. Design (how to create and construct content and learning experiences in remote learning).
    2. Participants of the Spring AT Leadership meeting split into breakout rooms and began identifying current needs and how to reduce or eliminate barriers.
  2. Build a stronger network between AT consultants through regular connections.
    1. Prior to November 2019, AT Leaders were assembling one to two times a year for a face-to-face meeting.
    2. During the 2019-2020 school year, AT Leaders connected at two statewide meetings (November 2019 and May 2020).
    3. Lunch and Learns (informal meet-ups) were organized. Initially, these were planned to be held monthly but shifted to weekly during the pandemic.
  3. Rejuvenate AT Regions - find ways to refocus and reconnect.
    1. There are five AT regions in Michigan
    2. Representatives from Regions 1 and 4 shared tips for how other regions can reinvigorate their teams and reconnect regionally. 

A small group of AT leaders consisting of Corinn Hower (Muskegon Area Intermediate School District [ISD]), Jill Dillon (Bay-Arenac ISD), Erin Broughman (CharEm ISD), Peter Schaafsma (Wexford Missaukee ISD), and Sue Hardin (formerly of Macomb ISD) assisted behind the scenes by hosting weekly Lunch and Learn meetings and organizing the Spring Statewide Meeting held in May.
Thank you to our organizers, but also to all AT leaders supporting the needs of learners in Michigan!
To learn more about joining a task force or receiving information about future AT leadership meetings, join the AT-Contacts Listserv by emailing [email protected].