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All of Bridges webinars are presented in English unless noted in the description. 

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Assimilate Ideas for your Student’s STEM/Biology Education

Join APH’s Science & Health Product Manager, Dr. Rosanne Hoffmann, to learn about three APH (American Printing House for the Blind) STEM kits:

  • Build-A-Cell,
  • the DNA-RNA Kit,
  • and the Protein Synthesis Kit.

See how these rich curricular resources will enhance the STEM education of blind or visually impaired students.

Date: Wednesday, December 7th

Time: 3:00 pm ET | 2:00 pm CT | 12:00 pm PT

Duration: 25 mins

Presenter: Victor Lajeunesse, Dr. Rosanne Hoffmann (Science and Health Product Manager, APH)

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EyeLearn, Eye Gaze – Breakthroughs for Students with Complex Needs

Date: October 5, Thursday
Time: 3:30pm ET | 2:30pm CT | 12:30pm PT
Duration:
30 mins
Presenters:
Nada Jorna, Bogdan Pospielovsky

Eye gaze can deliver access and engagement for students with the most profound and complex challenges. See how the latest updates to Bridge’s EyeLearn, the eyegaze system built for schools, with new eye tracking technology, is changing the lives of students. In this presentation you’ll see:

New Look Lab software: super engaging eye gaze activity with 38 fun accessible games and creative activities, including music making. For users of any age but particularly for teens and older students, looking to build and hone their access skills and independence.

  • EyeLearn adapting on the fly to different students with a wide range of abilities
  • Example students who’s EyeLearn systems have had profound effect on their learning
  • How you too can gain profound new insights into the potential of students with complex communication and cognitive challenges
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Discover the LightWriter SL50

Date: October 11, Wednesday
Time: 9:00am ET | 8:00am CT
Duration: 
1 hr
Presenters: 
Michael Hull (Abilia), Sara Säterstam (Abilia), Nada Jorna, Iain Wallace

Experience the revolutionary LightWriter SL50. Embark on a journey to rediscover the LightWriter as we unveil its stunning redesign. It's time to fall in love with this innovative device all over again.

Unveil the remarkable features of the LightWriter SL50, including:

  • Lighter! Shedding over 100 grams compared to the SL40.
  • Illuminated Keys and Screen: Perfect for low-light and dark environments.
  • Enhanced Menu Structure.
  • Bluetooth Connectivity: for phone calls and text messaging.
  • Built-in 1 or 2 Switch Scanning.
  • Comprehensive Keyguard Selection: Offering three different options.
  • Hassle-Free Backup: Easily back up your data to USB.

Join us for an exclusive online session hosted by Sara, representing the manufacturer Abilia, in collaboration with Bridges. Dive deeper into the exciting world of the new LightWriter SL50 and unlock its potential for enhanced communication.

In addition, we are thrilled to have Michael from Abilia tech support join us during the webinar. He will be available in the chat to address all your inquiries/support questions and share invaluable tips for optimizing the LightWriter SL50's capabilities.

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Guest Speakers

Susie Blackstein-Adler

Susie Blackstein-Adler

Professional Development Leader @Bridges

Susie leads the professional learning team at Bridges. She has backgrounds in occupational therapy and education and has over thirty years of experience working in the field of augmentative and alternative communication and consulting to classroom teams concerning access to curriculum. She has done research on computer access, the inclusion of students who have complex learning challenges, and accessible coding. Susie provides professional learning on educational and assistive technology both nationally and internationally.

Christy McDonald

Christy McDonald

Christy McDonald is an educator, and curricular and assistive technology consultant, supporting people with diverse learning needs and those supporting them. She leads the curriculum support team at Bridges Canada and delivers professional development for educators who are implementing educational curricula for students with complex needs. She has developed a series of on-line courses to support teachers and parents in supporting the use of AT features in reading and writing. Christy is part of the Bridges coding team, developing accessible coding experiences for ALL students, using a UDL approach.

Leanne Husk

Leanne Husk

Lead instructor for Bridges

Leanne Husk has a background as an educator for students who have complex needs and has certification as a Learning Disabilities Specialist. As a lead instructor for Bridges, she designs and leads workshops and works directly with students and teachers to help them create and implement dynamic and inclusive learning experiences with technology across the curriculum. Leanne first experienced the need for scaffolded instruction and adapted materials when introducing coding to normally developing students. These experiences have been invaluable as she works, in collaboration with OCAD University, supporting Bridges' current initiative - creating inclusive and accessible coding experiences for ALL.

Kim Mitchell

Kim Mitchell

Kim has been in the field of assistive technology for 30+ years supporting people with diverse needs using tools such as eye gaze access, augmentative communication systems, tools to support blind and low vision and more. She is certified in many of these tools. Kim has presented in person and virtually to groups nationally and internationally. She is passionate about helping people meet their full potential using technology, both high and low tech, to communicate and participate in all aspects of life.