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Assistive Technology Tools and Strategies to Benefit Students with Reading and Writing Difficulties

May 26, 2021 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm EDT

Assistive Technologies


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Technology can be overwhelming, especially through recent remote and blended learning environments. This course is designed to simplify the process of searching for different tools by guiding parents through various assistive technology strategies and device features that can be used to help their students feel successful in the classroom. Participants can expect an overview of assistive technology as well as some practical examples of using technology, whose principles can be transferred from one device to another. Let’s work together to make assistive technology both useful and fun for our students!

Course Outline

  • What is Assistive Technology? – A Broad Definition
  • Assistive Technology for Reading and Writing
  • Increased Exposure to Technology in the Classroom
  • Why is Assistive Technology Needed?
  • Typical Assistive Technology Process
  • Setting Expectations with Assistive Technology – Academic
  • Setting Expectations with Assistive Technology – Behavioral
  • Strategies to get Student Buy-In
  • Assistive Technology Training
  • Common AT Devices: iPads
  • Common AT Devices: Chromebooks
  • Avoiding Device Confusion
  • Let’s Talk Accessories!
  • Accessibility Settings – Apple Products
  • Accessibility Settings – Chromebooks
  • Accessibility Settings – PCs
  • Browsers – Microsoft Edge
  • Browsers – Google Chrome
  • Feature Overview: Text-to-Speech
  • How to Use Text-to-Speech with PDFs
  • Text-to-Speech Examples
  • Foreign Languages and Text-to-Speech
  • Eliminating Distractions When Reading Online
  • Hard Copy Preference? Enter Reading Pens!
  • Feature Overview: Speech-to-Text
  • Tips for Using Speech-to-Text in the Classroom
  • Speech-to-Text Examples
  • Developing Keyboarding as a Separate Skill
  • Feature Overview: Word Prediction
  • AT Tools for Research Papers
  • Utilizing Online Graphic Organizers
  • Digital Writing Assistants
  • Motivational Tools for Writing


  • $50 – Individuals


Christina Maragioglio

Christina Maragioglio

Director of Technology and Learning

Christina has her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology, where her thesis focused on the design and testing of an assistive tablet case for use with AAC applications. She meets with students, teachers and parents to develop customized assistive technology solutions to foster independence both in and out of the classroom.


May 26, 2021
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm EDT
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DaVinci Collaborative
(631) 928-4815
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Da Vinci Collaborative
550 N. Country Rd
St. James, NY 11780 United States
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(631) 928-4815
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