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Office Hours:

Please note office hours are intended to provide real-time technical assistance to educators, caregivers, parents, and students. Technical assistance is not legal advice. Specific questions concerning a student’s special education program or the laws relating to the provision of services in a child’s IEP (Individualized Educational Program) should be directed to ConsultLine at 800-879-2301.

Testing your system:

Participants are encouraged to test your computers/devices prior to the date of the web conference using, and to seek local assistance if you encounter difficulty.

Date/Time:  Wednesday 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Possible Topics:  

Email for Questions: Please email Lynda Lupp at to schedule a meeting time.

Pre-Recorded Trainings:

*Be sure to visit the portion of this resource for Students with Cognitive Impairments and Alternate Eligible Content called “Vetted Resources” for additional supports beyond PaTTAN.

  • Alternate Eligible Content (AEC) is the academic content – Reading, Writing, Mathematics, and Science - that students with the most significant cognitive disabilities are the expected to know and do in the tested grades.  Stakeholders, including families, developed the AEC in 2015.  All content is aligned to grade level standards but is presented at a lower level of difficulty.  The AEC can be further modified by the teacher for instructional access.  Visit this link and choose the subject to explore further.  Be sure to scroll to the bottom of each page for available webinars on the topic.
  • PaTTAN Pod is a PaTTAN platform that posts podcasts to its website.  Here are two relevant podcasts for families.  In this first  Podcast, two national leaders Pamela Mims and Ginevra Courtade who presented at the HELIX Conference and are experts in the area of teaching discuss Reading, Math, and Writing to students with significant cognitive disabilities. Available at:
PaTTAN Channel:
Podcast Platform:
  • In this second podcast, FAMILIES2THEMAX and PEAL Center - PaTTAN Pod is a podcast with representatives from these two statewide networks that support families of students with disabilities.  Tune into this short, but informative podcast to learn more about how they can assist you.
  • The following four-part training series “Alternate Eligible Content for Science: Making the Connection” is now available via the PaTTAN YouTube Channel.  This series is designed to support teachers of students with significant cognitive disabilities to better understand science instruction for this group of students.  Learn how to make science content accessible using the process known as essentialization. Hear from two teachers in separate settings and with different grade level groups as they explain their instructional planning process.

Live Trainings:

Identifying and Working with Children with CVI: What Need to Know

Session Dates: Thursday March 26, 2020 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM, Wednesday April 08, 2020 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

This webinar series is provided for an audience that is supporting students with cortical visual impairment -
CVI Webinar: This two-part training provides foundational information about children who have CVI, including those with deaf-blindness, looking at its causes, manifestations, and the issues that affect identification of children who have this condition.

Who are the Children with CVI?
CVI affects children in different ways depending on the age of onset of the condition, the parts of the brain compromised, and the extent of the damage. In this session the unique ways that CVI manifests in children will be examined and clarified. We’ll discuss what is CVI; who are children who have CVI; how are these children identified in the schools; and reasons underlying misidentification.


Publications are provided by PaTTAN on important and relevant  topics for various audiences.  Below are two publications from this PaTTAN initiative -

​Distance Learning for Special Education - This site was designed by the University of Kansas by thousands of educators from across the country to support students with significant cognitive disabilities during this time of distance learning.