Connecting with Tech for Instruction: Engaging Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities


 Bill Ziegler and Susan Gill

Often the access technology used for students with complex needs is used to provide simple opportunities to
“hit-the-switch”, make a choice, or otherwise participate in limited ways. This session will provide ideas and
options for engaging students in interactions with text and media, games, and many other curricular activities,
all of which are possible when adults hold high expectations for what students are interested in, what they can
do, and what they can learn.

Credits: Act 48, ASHA, PSYCH

Audience: Special Education Teachers, Speech Therapists, General Education Teachers,
Supervisors/Administrators, Assistive Technology Specialists, Parents, Guardians, Family Members

Speakers' Bios: Bill Ziegler is a Program and Training Specialist with Bucks County Intermediate Unit #22. He is an Apple Distinguished Educator and has developed assistive technology software solutions for individuals with a wide range of disabilities. Bill has presented to groups across the country on using technology to engage and provide access for students with disabilities.                
Susan Gill is an Educational Consultant and statewide lead on Assistive Technology with PaTTAN. She has been involved in the Project MAX work for the past five years and has incorporated technology and AAC into Project MAX materials. She has presented at statewide and national conferences on AT, including AT for students with the most complex needs