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About Access Academy

Access Academy (formerly #AtHomeWithAPH) is your one-stop resource for the meaningful education and training webinars you need to get the most out of APH products and services. From tutorials on new products and hacks on how to get the most from your beloved tech, to information on resources, services, and programs: our goal is to give you the info you need for home, the classroom, and the workplace.

The majority of Access Academy webinars also provide Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation & Education Professionals (ACVREP) credit. Credit is only available for the live presentation at this time. To collect ACRVEP credit, please listen for the opening and closing codes during the live session and submit these on the ACVREP Certificate Request form linked from our Education Training page. Following submission, a certificate will be emailed to you within a week.

Upcoming Access Academy Webinars

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  • Title of Webinar
    Roll the Dice: Selection and Random with Code Jumper
    Date
    10/18/2021
    Time
    11:30 PM–1:00 PM EDT
    Duration
    90 minutes
    Description
    Code Jumper’s advanced lessons introduce students to essential STEAM vocabulary and concepts. The Code Jumper’s unique physical programming language breaks down complex concepts like selection and random through unplugged and online activities. Explore Lesson 11 with our experts and learn how all students can benefit from physical programming.
    Instructor
    Joe Hodge, Technical Innovations Product Manager at APH
     Jim Sullivan, Director, Social Enterprise at APH
    Primary Core or ECC Area
    Assistive Technology
    Target Audience
    Teacher – TVI, Teacher – STEAM / STEM, Administrator, Parent, Student, Assistive Technology Instructor
    Pre-requisite knowledge
    Watch Code Jumper: Jumping into Basic Lessons- Algorithms and Sequences webinar
    Watch Nice Threads! Code Jumper Lesson 4 and Core Practices in Computer Science Instruction webinar
    Watch Loop There it is! Repetition is Key to Learning with Code Jumper webinar
    Review Code Jumper Lesson 9: Constants
    Lesson Plan Goal
    The participant will examine Code Jumper’s Advanced Lesson 11: Selection and Random.
    Learning Objectives
    The participant will describe two ways physical programming teaches the concept of if-then-else.
    The participant will explain how a braille student creates a table in a computer science journal.
    The participant will compare two ways to explain the concept of random values in a Code Jumper lesson.
    Materials Needed
    None
    Collect ACVREP Credit
    Credit is only available for the live presentation at this time. To collect ACRVEP credit, please listen for the opening and closing codes during the live session and submit these on the ACVREP Certificate Request form linked from our Education Training page. Following submission, a certificate will be emailed to you within a week.
  • Title of Webinar
    Health is Meaningful Living: Nutrition and Disease Prevention
    Date
    10/20/2021
    Time
    1:00 PM–2:30 PM EDT
    Duration
    90 minutes
    Description
    Every student should have access to quality and comprehensive health education. With the purpose of promoting independence, the Health Education Guidebook for Students with Visual Impairments: A Guidebook for Teachers is the perfect tool to assist educators with designing meaningful instruction. Attend this first in a series of three webinars and learn not only how to assist students with understanding the role of diet and nutrition as part of a healthy lifestyle, but also about disease prevention and treatment.
    Instructor
    Erika Fundelius, Teacher of Students with Visual Impairment, Certified Orientation & Mobility Specialist, doctoral student at Florida State University
    Manda Nordes, Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments
    Primary Core or ECC Area
    Core Curriculum—Science and Health
    Target Audience
    Teachers of Students with Visual Impairments, Families/Caregivers, Health education teachers
    Pre-requisite knowledge
    None
    Learning Objectives
    Participants will be able to examine the health standards relevant to their locale.
    Participants will be able to discover activities to use for direct instruction or accommodation for the instruction in the area of diseases.
    Participants will be able to correlate the importance of everyday activities between diet and nutrition and disease prevention.
    Materials Needed
    None
    Collect ACVREP Credit
    Credit is only available for the live presentation at this time. To collect ACRVEP credit, please listen for the opening and closing codes during the live session and submit these on the ACVREP Certificate Request form linked from our Education Training page. Following submission, a certificate will be emailed to you within a week.
  • Title of Webinar
    Do You Know Juno? Get your FAQs Answered!
    Date
    10/21/2021
    Time
    3:00 PM–4:30 PM EDT
    Duration
    90 minutes
    Description
    The Juno, APH’s revolutionary handheld magnifier, introduced new technology to the classroom earlier this year. Learn from the experts how to optimize this powerful educational tool and get the most out of your Juno. Register in advance and submit your question to our panel of experts.
    Instructor
    Mike Wood, Strategic Accounts Manager – Education at Vispero
    Greg Stilson, Director of Global Innovations at APH
    Primary Core or ECC Area
    Assistive Technology
    Target Audience
    Teachers, Assistive Technology Specialists, Parents, Students
    Pre-requisite knowledge
    None
    Lesson Plan Goal
    The participant will examine Juno use-cases through the exploration of FAQs.
    Learning Objectives
    The participant will identify when OCR is useful throughout the school day.
    The participant will compare two reading views on the Juno.
    The participant will learn how to save and open a document using the Juno.
    The participant will explain how to customize the Juno for a specific student.
    Materials Needed
    None
    Collect ACVREP Credit
    Credit is only available for the live presentation at this time. To collect ACRVEP credit, please listen for the opening and closing codes during the live session and submit these on the ACVREP Certificate Request form linked from our Education Training page. Following submission, a certificate will be emailed to you within a week.
  • Title of Webinar
    Spooktacular Apps: Apps for all ages from APH
    Date
    10/27/2021
    Time
    3:00 PM–4:00 PM EDT
    Duration
    60 minutes
    Description
    Trick-or-Treat yourself to this webinar exploring the many iOS and Android apps created by APH for use in classrooms, at home, and on-the-go! Through an in-depth look at FlipOver Faces, Visual Brailler, BrailleBuzz, and Math Robot, participants will be introduced to the free and low-cost apps available from APH.
    Instructor
    Heather Kennedy-MacKenzie, Technology Program Manager at APH
    Primary Core or ECC Area
    Assistive Technology
    Target Audience
    Teachers, Assistive Technology Specialists, Parents, Students
    Pre-requisite knowledge
    None
    Lesson Plan Goal
    The participant will understand the breadth of apps available from APH.
    Learning Objectives
    The participant will learn how to pair a braille display to a device via Bluetooth.
    The participant will identify two functions of an app to include in an educational exercise.
    The participant will compare two ways to navigate apps.
    Materials Needed
    None
    Collect ACVREP Credit
    Credit is only available for the live presentation at this time. To collect ACRVEP credit, please listen for the opening and closing codes during the live session and submit these on the ACVREP Certificate Request form linked from our Education Training page. Following submission, a certificate will be emailed to you within a week.
  • Title of Webinar
    Blast Off to More Braille with PageBlaster
    Date
    11/03/2021
    Time
    12:00 PM–1:00 PM EDT
    Duration
    60 minutes
    Description
    Blast off to more braille with PageBlaster, one of the first embossers available on quota. Along with our partners from HumanWare, APH will present on how to use the PageBlaster to print high-quality, interpoint braille. We’ll explore ways to create tactile graphics and produce math with BrailleBlaster.
    Instructor
    William Freeman, Tactile Technology Product Manager at APH
    Andrew Flatres, Braille Product Manager at HumanWare
    Peter Tucic, Director of Strategic Partnerships at HumanWare
    Primary Core or ECC Area
    Assistive Technology
    Target Audience
    Teachers, Assistive Technology Specialists, Parents, Students
    Pre-requisite knowledge
    None
    Lesson Plan Goal
    The participant will explore how to create braille with PageBlaster.
    Learning Objectives
    The participant will summarize three ways to produce quick braille with PageBlaster.
    The participant will learn how to create a tactile graphic using Firebird Graphics Editor.
    The participant will discover three ways BrailleBlaster can build math content for their PageBlaster.
    Materials Needed
    None
    Collect ACVREP Credit
    Credit is only available for the live presentation at this time. To collect ACRVEP credit, please listen for the opening and closing codes during the live session and submit these on the ACVREP Certificate Request form linked from our Education Training page. Following submission, a certificate will be emailed to you within a week.
  • Title of Webinar
    What’s new with ZoomText?
    Date
    11/05/2021
    Time
    12:00 PM–1:00 PM EDT
    Duration
    60 minutes
    Description
    Get ready for ZoomText 2022! Join Ben Knolles for more information about the Quick Access toolbar, learn how to get the most out of the voice assistant, and review the features that make ZoomText a must-have.
    Instructor
    Ben Knolles, Assistive Technology Engineer at Vispero
    Primary Core or ECC Area
    Assistive Technology
    Target Audience
    Teachers, Assistive Technology Specialists, Parents, Students
    Pre-requisite knowledge
    None
    Lesson Plan Goal
    The participant will review the updates to ZoomText.
    Learning Objectives
    The participant will compare three ways to interact with the Quick Access tool bar.
    The participant will identify three ways to access Voice Assistant.
    The participant will review how to import, save and restore ZoomText settings.
    Materials Needed
    None
    Collect ACVREP Credit
    Credit is only available for the live presentation at this time. To collect ACRVEP credit, please listen for the opening and closing codes during the live session and submit these on the ACVREP Certificate Request form linked from our Education Training page. Following submission, a certificate will be emailed to you within a week.
  • Title of Webinar
    Room to Grow: Progressing a Student Through MATT Connect’s Interfaces
    Date
    11/12/2021
    Time
    12:00 PM–1:30 PM EDT
    Duration
    90 minutes
    Description
    Ready. Set. Grow! The MATT Connect has the capacity to evolve with your student through Basic, Standard and Advanced Interfaces. In this webinar, we’ll compare the user interfaces and provide resources on when to advance a student through each interface.
    Instructor
    Eric Beauchamp, Director of Product Management at HumanWare
    Roger Steinberg, Product Manager—Low Vision at HumanWare
    Primary Core or ECC Area
    Assistive Technology
    Target Audience
    Teachers, Assistive Technology Specialists, Parents, Students
    Pre-requisite knowledge
    None
    Lesson Plan Goal
    The participant will learn how to set up three different interfaces on the MATT Connect.
    Learning Objectives
    The participant will understand when and how to advance a student through the MATT Connect’s interfaces.
    The participant will compare the MATT Connect’s three interfaces and explain the benefits of each interface.
    The participant will describe how to use the locking mechanism for the MATT Connect’s tablet.
    The participant will determine how to use the MATT Connect Skills Checklist to track student progress.
    Materials Needed
    None
    Collect ACVREP Credit
    Credit is only available for the live presentation at this time. To collect ACRVEP credit, please listen for the opening and closing codes during the live session and submit these on the ACVREP Certificate Request form linked from our Education Training page. Following submission, a certificate will be emailed to you within a week.

Access Academy Archives

Missed a chance to attend one of our webinars or just looking for more resources? Many of our past Access Academy webinars are available on our Access Academy YouTube playlist.

APH Hive

Looking for more educational opportunities? Head over to the APH Hive, our FREE eLearning platform for educators and families that you can access at any time to earn ACVREP credits from the comfort of your home and office. With a growing course catalog covering categories like Assessment, Core Curriculum and more, we’re compiling the resources you need to serve students.