Oct. 1, 2013
COPY BY: Rana McDonald, 806-651-2129, firstname.lastname@example.org
WTAMU Center for Learning Disabilities to Host Lecture on Assistive Technology
CANYON, Texas—The world of technology and all it has to offer will be the focus of the West Texas A&M University Center for Learning Disabilities (CLD) Distinguished Lecture Series on “iEmpowerment—Integrating Assistive Technology into our Home, School and Workplace” from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12 in the Jack B. Kelley Student Center, Legacy Hall.
Megan Shanley, an occupational therapist and RESNA-certified assistive technology practitioner with the Albuquerque Public Schools, will lead the one-day presentation. Registration begins at 8 a.m., and the first presentation, “iEmpowerment—Reading Independence through Technology,” follows at 9 a.m. Shanley’s second session, “iEmpowerment—Writing and Organizational Independence through Technology,” begins at 11 a.m. Her final presentation begins at 1 p.m. on “iEmpowerment—Hands-on Teaching” along with a question and answer session.
A self-professed geek, Shanley is experienced in evaluation for computer adaptation, switch access, assistive writing tools and software options for individuals with disabilities. She is dyslexic and uses assistive technology and is well aware of the challenges of meshing assistive technology into every day life.
She graduated from the occupational therapy program at Indiana University in 1998 and joined the Albuquerque Public Schools in 1999. She has presented programs on assistive technology throughout the state of New Mexico and as a guest speaker for a series of webinars.
Shanley’s presentation at the Distinguished Lecture Series is just one of many services provided by the WTAMU Center for Learning Disabilities. The CLD is a collaborative effort designed to promote evidence-based teaching and research to help those with learning disabilities find success. Parents have found a network of support through the CLD while educators and administrators count on professional development designed to help in the identification of students with learning disabilities along with a curriculum to ensure improved student learning.
Registration for the lecture is open to the public. There is no charge to attend except for those wanting to receive CPE credits. The cost for six hours of credit is $5. For more information, please call 806-651-8240.