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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
    Expanded Core Curriculum (ECC): An Educational and Legal Requirement
    Date
    07/28/2021
    Time
    12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EDT
    Duration
    60 minutes
    Description
    Educators have a legal and ethical responsibility to ensure that students with Visual Impairment, Including Blindness have opportunities to gain skills in the Expanded Core Curriculum (ECC). The ECC refers to nine specialized areas of instruction that form a framework for conducting assessments and planning educational programs for this unique and complex group of students. Attend this webinar to acquire a better understanding of the ECC and how it reflects a key educational requirement of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
    Instructor
    Laura Brown
    Amy Campbell, Learning Management System Administrator at APH
    Tiffany Conrad, Teacher of students with visual impairments, Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist at St. John’s County School District, Florida
    Rajiv K. Panikkar, Teacher of students with visual impairments, Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist at Pasco School District, Washington
    Sandra Lewis, Professor, Visual Disabilities Program, Florida State University
    Target Audience
    District and school administrators
    Pre-requisite knowledge
    Basic understanding of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
    Learning Objectives
    Identify roles of educator roles who serve students with VI​
    Align IDEA requirements with the components of the ECC​
    Identify common assessments related to evaluating students with VI​
    Describe the connections between the ECC and student outcomes
    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.
    Registration Link
    Register for Expanded Core Curriculum (ECC): An Educational and Legal Requirement
  • Title of Webinar
    The Road Ahead: Career Readiness for Students with Multiple Impairments
    Date
    07/30/2021
    Time
    1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EDT
    Duration
    60 minutes
    Description
    The employment rate for individuals with visual impairments is approximately 37% and remains relatively unchanged for decades. The Road Ahead webinar series guides educators to move beyond triaged transition planning with the goal of changing the trajectory for all students. Attend this webinar to better understand what is meant by career readiness skills for students with multiple impairments, identify ways to embed skills into everyday routines, and investigate local and statewide resources available to meet student needs.
    Instructor
    Erika Fundelius, Teacher of Students with Visual Impairment, Certified Orientation & Mobility Specialist, doctoral student at Florida State University
    Primary Core or ECC Area
    ECC: Career Education
    Target Audience
    Teachers of Students with Visual Impairment, IEP team members
    Lesson Plan Goal
    Participants will discuss importance of career readiness skills for middle school students and describe how to embed skills within educational programming.
    Learning Objectives
    Describe career readiness skills for student with multiple impairments.
    Identify ways to embed career readiness skills into everyday routines.
    Investigate available resources to meet the needs of students with multiple impairments.
    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.
    Registration Link
    Register for The Road Ahead: Career Readiness for Students with Multiple Impairments webinar.
  • Title of Webinar
    Getting Started with Mantis: Connecting to iOS & Chrome
    Date
    08/04/2021
    Time
    12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EDT
    Duration
    60 minutes
    Description
    You have your Mantis Q40, now what? Attend this webinar to learn how to connect your Mantis to your device(s) using one of the available free screen access solutions: VoiceOver (iOS/Apple) or ChromeVox (Chrome OS).
    Instructor
    Jill Dunaway, Assistive Technology Trainer/Specialist at the Center for Assistive Technology Training (CATT)
    Jeff Schwartz, Outreach Specialist – Southeast at APH
    Primary Core or ECC Area
    ECC – Assistive Technology
    Target Audience
    Teachers of Students with Visual Impairments, Students, Adult consumers
    Pre-requisite knowledge
    Basic accessibility knowledge of iOS or Chrome, Wi-Fi/Bluetooth connection settings
    Lesson Plan Goal
    The participants will learn how to connect the Mantis Q40 to both iOS and Chrome devices.
    Learning Objectives
    The participant will learn to connect their Mantis to an iOS device using VoiceOver.
    The participant will learn to connect their Mantis to a Chromebook device using ChromeVox.
    The participant will learn basic commands to navigate iOS and Chrome devices using the Mantis Q40.
    Materials Needed
    None (Mantis and iOS/Chrome device optional)
    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.
    Registration Link
    Register for Getting Started with Mantis: Connecting to iOS & Chrome webinar.
  • Title of Webinar
    Step-By-Step: An Interactive Guide to Mobility Techniques
    Date
    08/05/2021
    Time
    12:00 PM – 1:30 PM EDT
    Duration
    90 minutes
    Description
    Updated digital instruction is now available for both future O&M Specialists and those currently providing direct services to individuals with visual impairments. Attend this webinar and explore APH’s newly revised product, Step-by-Step: A Guide to Mobility Techniques. This interactive computer curriculum provides demonstrations of how mobility skills are performed, visual observation skills used by professionals to spot common performance errors made by new learners who are blind, and methods for correcting errors most efficiently.
    Instructor
    Dr. Sandra Rosen, Professor, Coordinator of O&M Program at San Francisco State University
    Primary Core or ECC Area
    Orientation & Mobility
    Target Audience
    University faculty, O&M Specialists, Teachers of the Visually Impaired, Vision Rehabilitation Therapists
    Pre-requisite knowledge
    None
    Lesson Plan Goal
    Introduce Step-By-Step. Present the benefits of using the Step-by-Step curriculum in personnel preparation, skill review by direct service providers, and sharing with significant others who will assist in practicing selected skills with a traveler who is visually impaired. Demonstrate how to use the curriculum.
    Learning Objectives
    Identify Instructional Video, Study Guide, and Review Guide components.
    Integrate curriculum into professional preparation of vision professionals and within existing programming for direct service professionals.
    Demonstrate use of materials with individuals who are not vision professionals but assist in practicing selected skills with a traveler who is visually impaired. (e.g., family members, friends, regular education and rehabilitation professionals, nursing home staff, assisted living staff, parks/recreation staff, and others).
    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.
    Registration Link
    Register for Step-By-Step: An Interactive Guide to Mobility Techniques webinar.
  • Title of Webinar
    Flipped Classroom—Building Accessible Word documents and PowerPoints
    Date
    08/10/2021
    Time
    4:00 PM – 5:30 PM EDT
    Duration
    90 minutes
    Description
    Let’s flip the webinar and use our time wisely! Register and watch two courses, Building Accessible PowerPoints and Building Accessible Word Documents, in the APH Hive and then join us in this meeting to practice working through accessibility assignments together.
    Instructor
    Leanne Grillot, National Director of Outreach Services at APH
    Target Audience
    Any individual interested in learning how to make items accessible.
    Pre-requisite knowledge
    Must register and complete through the end assessment Building Accessible PowerPoints and Building Accessible Word Documents, in the APH Hive. The follow-up activities for both courses will be covered during our live flipped-classroom session!

    1. Visit the APH Hive.
    2. Register as a user.
    3. Enroll in the below courses.
    4. View instructional video modules.
    5. Complete Formative and Summative assessments.

    Building Accessible PowerPoints (approximate time commitment: 1 hour, 15 minutes)

    • 5 video modules, which includes 5 formative checkpoint questions
    • 1 summative assessment (requires 80% accuracy to pass)
    • Follow up Activity not required to complete prior to scheduled webinar

    Building Accessible Word Documents (approximate time commitment: 1 hour, 30 minutes)

    • 5 video modules, which includes 5 formative checkpoint questions
    • 1 summative assessment (requires 80% accuracy to pass)
    • Follow up Activity not required to complete prior to scheduled webinar

    Certificate of completion total time: 4.5 hours

    • 1.5 hours ACVREP Building Accessible PPTs
    • 2.0 hours ACVREP Building Accessible Word Documents
    • 1.0 hour ACVREP live webinar attendance
    Lesson Plan Goal
    To have an instructor available while completing follow-up activities for two APH Hive courses.
    Learning Objectives
    Learners will identify which text colors, sizes, and animations are best for audiences with low vision.
    Learners will distinguish between layouts and experiment with checking order of slide content.
    Learners will identify the two reasons for alternative text, locate where to place alternative text, and design alternative text.
    Learners will identify what type of tables to include and how to make them accessible for audiences using screen readers.
    Learners will create accessible links in PowerPoints.
    Learners will identify two ways to check PowerPoints for accessibility.
    Identify which fonts, colors and spacing in Word documents are best for people with low vision.
    Distinguish between headings and styles and experiment with modifying a given document to be accessible for someone using a screen reader.
    Identify what type of structure is needed to make a Word document accessible and how to add structure to documents.
    Create accessible hyperlinks, tables and graphics placed in a Word document.
    Identify how to check Word documents for accessibility and how to export them to PDF while keeping the accessibility.
    Materials Needed
    Access to Microsoft Word (or similar program) and Microsoft PowerPoint (or similar program) as well as the APH Hive materials for both courses.
    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.
    Registration Link
    Register for Flipped Classroom—Building Accessible Word documents and PowerPoints webinar.
  • Title of Webinar
    Teaching Screen Readers the Fun Way with Cody Laplante: Part 3 of 4
    Date
    08/10/2021
    Time
    4:00 PM – 5:30 PM EDT
    Duration
    90 minutes
    Description
    It’s time to practice those screen reader skills! In part 3 of this 4-part series, join Cody Laplante, founder of eye.t, to learn about creating practice activities for your screen reader lessons. Learn multiple ways to incorporate fun into your practice activities and explore activities that take the intimidation out of learning JAWS, NVDA or Chromevox.
    Instructor
    Cody LaPlante, Founder of eye.t, Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments
    Primary Core or ECC Area
    Assistive Technology
    Target Audience
    TVIs, General Education, Parents, Students
    Pre-requisite knowledge
    None
    Lesson Plan Goal
    The participant will discover new strategies to introduce Screen Readers to students in this four-part series.
    Learning Objectives
    The participant will define the purpose of a practice activity.
    The participant will identify 3 ways to incorporate fun into a practice activity.
    The participant will identify 4 practice activities that they can incorporate into a screen reader 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.
    Registration Link
    Register for Teaching Screen Readers the Fun Way with Cody Laplante: Part 3 of 4 webinar.
  • Title of Webinar
    (e)Mailing it in: JAWS and Gmail in Standard View
    Date
    08/24/2021
    Time
    11:30 PM – 1:00 PM EDT
    Duration
    90 minutes
    Description
    Gmail Standard view is the default setting and allows you to use all included Gmail features. Learn how to navigate your inbox, read and compose messages, work with folders, and access Google Workspace apps directly from your Gmail account with JAWS.
    Instructor
    Elizabeth Whitaker, Technical Writer at Vispero
    Primary Core or ECC Area
    Assistive Technology
    Target Audience
    Students, Teachers, Assistive Technology Specialist, Parents
    Pre-requisite knowledge
    None
    Lesson Plan Goal
    The participant will understand how to best use Gmail in standard view with JAWS.
    Learning Objectives
    The participant will review one step to verify Gmail is set to Standard View.
    The participant will review four steps to turn on Google keyboard commands.
    The participant will identify at least three keyboard commands for opening and reading messages.
    The participant will identify at least three keyboard commands for composing and sending messages.
    The participant will identify four steps to search for messages.
    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.
    Registration Link
    Register for (e)Mailing it in: JAWS and Gmail in Standard View
  • Title of Webinar
    Teaching Screen Readers the Fun Way with Cody Laplante: Part 4 of 4
    Date
    09/14/2021
    Time
    4:00 PM – 5:30 PM EDT
    Duration
    90 minutes
    Description
    Let’s bring it home! In part 4 of this 4-part series, join Cody Laplante, founder of eye.t, as he discusses how to assess your learner in their screen reader lesson in a meaningful way. You will learn the power of navigation sequences and how to effectively use them to measure your learner’s ability to apply skills they have learned in your JAWS, NVDA or Chromevox lesson.
    Instructor
    Cody LaPlante, Founder of eye.t, Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments
    Primary Core or ECC Area
    Assistive Technology
    Target Audience
    TVIs, General Education, Parents, Students
    Pre-requisite knowledge
    None
    Lesson Plan Goal
    The participant will discover new strategies to introduce Screen Readers to students in this four-part series.
    Learning Objectives
    The participant will identify the difference between a practice activity and assessment activity.
    The participant will identify 2 ways to take data on an assessment activity using self-calculating data sheets.
    The participant will define the term “Navigation Sequence”.
    The participant will create a navigation sequence that meets an objective in the Screen Reader Skills Progression.
    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.
    Registration Link
    Register for Teaching Screen Readers the Fun Way with Cody Laplante: Part 4 of 4 webinar.

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.