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See CAST at ATIA 2019!

ATIA logo over the background of Orlando, FL

Tuesday, January 29 – Saturday, February 2, 2019

Please Note: This is not a CAST-hosted event. Registration through ATIA is required.

Orlando, FL

Practitioners and parents, teachers and researchers, manufacturers, and distributors—individuals and organizations who together reach more than 1 million people with disabilities attend ATIA every year.


The ATIA Conference addresses all disabilities and all types of assistive technology for all ages, from early childhood to seniors. Sessions and events embrace the education market, university-level disability services, technology for independent living, accommodations for the workplace, the needs of an aging population, and research on technology developments and outcomes. CAST is pleased to participate in this one-of-a-kind educational event.

  • The SETT Framework: It’s Not a Process! It Makes YOUR Processes Better!
    Preconference: Tuesday, January 29, 8:00 am–4:00 pm ET & Wednesday, January 30, 8:00 am–4:00 pm ET
    Presenters: Joy Zabala, Diana Carl, Joan Breslin Larson, and Leanne Woodley
    Day One focuses on expanding the use of the SETT Framework across all areas of AT service delivery. Day Two focuses on expanding the use of the SETT Framework to other initiative and populations.
  • POURing Accessibiliy into AEM: Tips and Tricks
    Thursday, January 31, 9:20-10:50 pm ET
    Presenter: Luis Pérez
    Powerpoint slides, Google Docs, videos and classroom blogs and websites; just a few examples of materials utilized in educational settings that may erect barriers to learning when they are not accessible to everyone. This session will explore best practices in providing these vital educational materials in a variety of formats to increase learner impact. Participants will learn how to make materials that are Perceivable, Operable, Understandable and Robust (POUR).
  • Free Software to Adapt OERs for All Learners
    Thursday, January 31, 1:00–2:00 pm ET
    Presenter: Lynn McCormack, Kim Ducharme, Mia Redovan
    Open Educational Resources (OERs) have been a growing alternative to traditional educational materials. Despite great promise, many OERs have remained inaccessible for the needs of students with disabilities. This session will demonstrate a UDL player, preference discovery, and authoring tool to help OERs meet their potential for access and learning.
  • Accessible Educational Materials: Town Hall Discussion
    Thursday, January 31, 2:20–3:20 pm ET
    Panelists: Joy Zabala, Luis Pérez, Jessica Bowen-Taylor, and Jessica McKay
    Join this learning community in a highly interactive discussion between panelist and participants. Various state and group representatives will open a discussion about innovations, current trends and issues of importance regarding Accessible Educational Materials. Co-hosted by Florida’s MTSS, Technology & Learning Connections Team.
  • QIAT Conversations 2018: Twenty Years and Counting!
    Thursday, January 31, 4:30–5:30 pm ET
    Presenters: Joy Zabala, Gayl Bowser, Diana Carl, Kelly Fonner, Joan Breslin Larson, Penny Reed, Susan McCloskey, Kathy Lalk, Jane Korsten, Scott Marfilius, Terry Foss
    It has been twenty years since the first drafts of Quality Indicators for Assistive Technology were introduced in 1998! Over those twenty years, countless people with a wide variety of perspectives and interests have contributed to the work that led to QIAT as it is today. In this session, people will be invited to share their stories about the ways they have used QIAT and how the indicators, supporting documents and the QIAT List have influenced their work. Come share your stories with your friends and colleagues! We guarantee laughter and, most likely a tear or two, especially when the stories involve ways in which the use of QIAT has made a difference in the lives of students, families and educators.
  • All Orange Line Stations are Accessible: How is Your Website?
    Friday, February 1, 8:00–9:00 am ET
    Presenter: Lynn McCormack
    Education agencies and schools are becoming increasingly aware that web accessibility is necessary to communicate with all users. Many of these agencies are taking action. Join this interactive session for an overview of why accessibility is essential for all websites. Topics will include legal requirements, case studies, policy development, a mini audit of your own site and considerations for getting started on developing and maintaining an accessible website.
  • AEM in Transition-Focused Education Planning
    Friday, February 1, 9:20–10:20 am ET
    Presenter: Cynthia Curry
    Transition services are integral to preparing students for higher education and employment. For many students with disabilities, independent use of accessible educational materials (AEM) and accessible technologies is essential to meeting postsecondary education and career goals, and therefore need to be included in transition plans. Join this session as we unpack the challenges faced by students as they exit high school and enter postsecondary settings, and the role of AEM and accessible technologies in providing equal access to education and employment. Strategies for scaffolding students’ independent use of AEM and accessible technologies as they progress from Kindergarten through high school completion will be shared.
  • Be an A11Y Hero: Five Guidelines for Procuring Accessible Materials
    Friday, February 1, 2:20–3:20 pm ET
    Presenters: Cynthia Curry & Luis Pérez
    Is accessibility ("A11Y") for learners with disabilities among the criteria you, your school, district, or state use when procuring educational materials and technologies? Come to this session to learn five guidelines that should be a part of any procurement process and leave with your first action step toward making learning more accessible to learners in your education setting. You'll be an A11Y hero!

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