Spring 2017

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Title:  Dyslexia – The Elephant in the Room

Understanding, Recognizing and Responding

Description:  The purpose of these three part webinars is to increase the awareness of the difficulties and frustrations that people with dyslexia (a specific language learning disability) encounter daily and what we all can do to help.  You will learn of the warning signs of dyslexia, importance of early recognition, impact on society, identification tools, supports and interventions.  It is hoped that this experience will lead to greater empathy and understanding and provide insight into working effectively with and helping these individuals reach success in the educational environment and beyond….

In this webinar series, we will:

  • Understand the recent focus on dyslexia by looking at the history, cost and effect on society, and the journey taken by dyslexic individuals.
  • Define dyslexia and learn how to recognize the signs of dyslexia.
  • Learn of tools to help our dyslexic students.

Part One Recording: http://bit.ly/2017matnspringwebinarpart1

Recorded Thursday, April 6, 2017

Access Part One Materials Here

Part Two Recording: http://bit.ly/springwebinarpart2

Recorded Thursday, April 27, 2017

Access Part Two Materials Here

 Part Three Recording: http://bit.ly/MATNSpring3

Recorded Thursday, May 18, 2017

Access Part Three Materials Here


Image of Stephanie Caceres, blonde hair woman wearing a pink flower and smilingStephanie Caceres is the Assistive Technology Specialist for Worcester County, where she provides a variety of instructional and technology tools to support students with learning disabilities. She was a middle school Special Education teacher for many years. She has her Master’s degree in Education with an emphasis on Educational Technology.  She has delivered professional development with hands-on simulations to all grade levels where participants experience what it’s like to have dyslexia and then learn what they can do to help their students.

After a short teaching stint in Fairfax, VA, she worked in the private sector for over 20 years where she owned her own technology company and had Hawaii’s dealership for Wang computers, opened a school to teach computer skills/job skills to Native Hawaiians, worked with the government to teach specific software programs, worked for a worldwide government contracting company, and spent seven years as a director of an early learning center with over 100 students.

Fall 2016

During the fall of 2016, the Maryland Assistive Technology Network featured a NEW three-part webinar series focusing on Mathematics Instruction, Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and Assistive Technology (AT).

Title:  Supporting our Students with Disabilities in the Mathematics Classroom to become Successful and College and Career Ready

Description:  With the heightened emphasis on mathematical reasoning, verbal and written expression, the Maryland College and Career-Ready Mathematics standards pose unique challenges for students with disabilities.  The Standards for Mathematical Practice describe ways in which we can engage our students with mathematical concepts and skills throughout elementary and secondary school.

This webinar series:

  • Looks at strategies to incorporate the standards into our classroom design and organizational structures.
  • Provides practical strategies and tools for vocabulary development, written expression, problem-solving, and assistive technology supports.
  • Discusses how UDL can facilitate the instructional design of the mathematics classroom to increase student achievement and reduce the learning barriers to the mathematics curriculum.

Access session #1 recording here.

Access session #2 recording here.

Access session #3 recording here.


Alice Wright is a special educator with ten years of experience teaching and supporting secondary mathematics instruction.  She has a Masters of Arts in Special Education from George Washington University.  Ms. Wright has collaborated with the mathematics department in Montgomery County Public Schools to deliver professional development to teachers which incorporates planning for the needs of all learners especially students with disabilities.  In 2013 she joined the High Incidence Accessible Technology (HIAT) team, and works as an AT consultant supporting students and staff.

More Webinars

Since 2009, Maryland Assistive Technology Network (MATN) has provided audiences with rich information on a wide range of topics around assistive technology. Explore archived webinars on topics of interest to you by clicking on the titles below.

Supplementing Math Skills for Diverse Learners

presented by Diana Petschauer

Improving home and school access to text and writing supports for students with visual impairments, physical disabilities or severe learning disabilities

presented by Melissa Hawkins

Apps to Support a Successful Transition

presented by Mark Coppin

Digital Interventions for “Document Disorder”

presented by Mystie Rail

Effective Writing Instruction for Students with Developmental Disabilities: Curriculum, Measurement, and Accommodations

presented by Janet M. Sturm

Going Further Beyond the “Wow:” iPads and Tablets as Classroom Tools and AT

presented by Dave Hohulin

Making Curriculum Accessible: The Common Core State Standards, Assistive Technology and Universal Design for Learning

presented by Beth Poss

iDevices: Gliding, Tapping and Swiping

presented by BJ Gallagher

iDevices: Apps for This and That

presented by BJ Gallagher

iDevices: The Newest Technology on the Block

presented by BJ Gallagher

SETT  FRAMEWORK  – Collaborative Decision Making Process

presented by Marsye Kaplan

Universal Design for Learning: Focus on Instruction

presented by Marsye Kaplan

AT Implementation: Tech Integration/Classroom Organization (AIM)

presented by Gayl Bowser

Helping your APldministrators Understand the Important Role they Play in AT

presented by Penny Reed

Web 2.0 Tools

presented by Christopher Bugaj

Academy Award Winning Assistive Technology Teams: Educational Blockbusters

presented by Christopher Bugaj & Sally Norton-Darr

Solving the Puzzle: Data is our Friend

presented by Jane Korsten

Assessment Strategies – Getting the Information You Need for Individuals with Significant Sensory/ Motor Differences

presented by Jane Korsten

I Never Thought About That!  Gadgets & Gizmos

presented by Marsye Kaplan

Transition and AT:  Ensuring Continuity

presented by Gayl Bowser

Accessible Instructional Materials:  Information & Resources for Educators and Families

presented by Joy Zabala

Universal Design for Learning:  Practice & Policy

presented by Ricki Sabia

Web Tools for the UDL Classroom

presented by Beth PossSaveSave