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Partnership with CT Bureau of Rehabilitation Services and CT Tech Act Project

EASTCONN's Assistive Technology provides Adult Services through a partnership with the Bureau of Rehabilitation Services and the Connecticut Tech Act Project.

Employability

The Bureau of Rehabilitation Services (BRS) notes that they, “give individuals with significant physical and/or mental disabilities the tools, information and support they need to find a job.” As part of this support, the BRS Counselor may request Assistive Technology services, including assessment, consultation and training. It is important to note that these supports, and the scope of what the services encompass, can only be requested through the BRS counselor, NOT directly by the consumer. The counselor and consumer jointly also selects what the AT provider or agency that will be requested to provide these services. EASTCONN is just one of the agencies that can provide these services on request to BRS consumers. Assessment may encompass areas including what does a consumer need in order to manage their morning routine and prepare to get themselves ready to go to work as well as what is AT devices and/or accommodations are needed on the job site in order to perform the essential functions of the job. Training may be provided to the consumer, family members, caregivers, employers and their staff.

Access Through Technology

The Connecticut Tech Act project has been selected by the FCC to provide telecommunications equipment to low-income persons who are deaf/ blind. Criteria related to eligibility to participate in this program can be found at http://cttechact.com/att. As part of the services provided through this program, the CT Tech Act can request Assistive Technology services, including assessment, consultation and training. It is important to note that these supports, and the scope of what the services encompass, can only be requested through the Tech Act project coordinator, NOT directly by the consumer. The Project Coordinator also selects what provider or agency will be requested to provide these services. EASTCONN is just one of the agencies that can provide these services on request to eligible consumers. Assessment encompasses determination of what devices the consumer needs in order to access telecommunications, such as specialized amplified phones, smartphones, tablets, computers, screen magnification software and so on. Services may also include training for the consumer, family and caregivers. All services and devices provided through the Access Through Technology program are done so at no cost to eligible consumers.

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The Team

Carol  L. Magliocco, Ph.D., P.T., ATP, CAPS
Carol L. Magliocco, Ph.D., P.T., ATP, CAPS
Coordinator of Assistive Technology
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Dr. Magliocco is the Coordinator of Assistive Technology and Related Services at EASTCONN.   She received her doctorate in special education from the University of Connecticut in 2001.  Dr. Magliocco holds a CT physical therapy license and is a RESNA certified Assistive Technology Professional (ATP) and a Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS).  Dr. Magliocco oversees the range of services provided by the Assistive Technology and Related Services Teams, including overseeing the contracts for and delivery of services and planning for internal and external professional development activities.    As part of the assistive technology program, Dr. Magliocco coordinates various partnerships with the Bureau of Rehab Services including the operation of a Lending Library and services for adults in the areas of employment and access to telecommunications for the Deaf/Blind population. Dr. Magliocco can be reached via email at cmagliocco@eastconn.org
Amy T. Norton, M.Ed, ATP, CAPS
Amy T. Norton, M.Ed, ATP, CAPS
Assistive Technology Professional
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Ms. Norton is an Assistive Technology Professional and Transition Coordinator at EASTCONN.  She works with individuals with disabilities across the lifespan providing assessment, consultation and training.  She assists districts with integrating the use of assistive technology into the general education classroom, curriculum and transition planning.  Additionally, she works with the CT Tech Act and the Department of Rehabilitation Services (DORS) to assist adults with disabilities in preparing for work and in accomplishing tasks in the work settings.  She assists in meeting the telecommunications needs of individuals who are deaf/blind through the Access through Technology Program coordinated by the CT Tech Act.  She is a RESNA certified Assistive Technology Professional (ATP) and a Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS). 
Stacey B. Fulton, OTR/L, ATP, CAPS
Stacey B. Fulton, OTR/L, ATP, CAPS
Occupational Therapist/Assistive Technology Professional
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Ms. Fulton is a Registered, Licensed Occupational Therapist in the state of Connecticut as well as an Assistive Technology Professional and Aging-in-Place Specialist. She received her undergraduate degree from Eastern Connecticut State University and a Certificate in Occupational Therapy from Quinnipiac University. Ms. Fulton has worked as an Occupational Therapist for 30 years in Public Schools, with a concentration in assistive technology for the past 15 years. At EASTCONN, Ms. Fulton provides assistive technology services to school districts including AT evaluation, training and consult to a variety of individuals with varying disabilities and age levels. Ms. Fulton has presented on Assistive Technology topics at both statewide and international conferences.
Ann Bedard, M.S., CCC-SLP
Ann Bedard, M.S., CCC-SLP
Assistive Technology Specialist/ Speech-Language Pathologist
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Ann Bedard is a Speech-Language Pathologist and Assistive Technology Specialist on the EASTCONN AT Team and has been working with students with disabilities since 2006. She provides a wide range of AT services to school districts including assessment, consultation, and professional development. Prior to working with the AT Team, Ann worked in the EASTCONN Related Services Group as a school-based SLP where she provided interventions for students with a variety of speech and language disorders including students using AAC. Ann has also concurrently worked in the home setting to deliver speech-language services through EASTCONN’s Birth-to-Three program. She received her Bachelor’s degree from UConn and Master of Science degree in Communication Disorders from Southern Connecticut State University. While pursuing her graduate degree, Ann worked in the Center for Adaptive Technology where university students utilized AT. Her experience working with individuals with disabilities from birth through post-secondary education has provided Ann with a uniquely beneficial perspective. She is a certified TouchChat trainer. Ann has given numerous presentations at the regional, state, and national level on topics such as Intro to AAC Implementation, Spectrum of AAC from Low to High-Tech, Apps for AAC: The Fantastic 4, Visual Strategies to Support Communication and Learning, and Myths of AAC.
JoAnne Lambert
JoAnne Lambert
Assistive Technology Specialist/ Speech-Language Pathologist
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JoAnne Lambert is an Assistive Technology Specialist and Speech-Language Pathologist within EASTCONN’s Related Services group.  She received her Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Rhode Island.  JoAnne provides a wide range of speech and language services across Northeast Connecticut including assessment and intervention for a variety of communication disorders.  Prior to working for EASTCONN, Joanne worked as a medical-based speech-language pathologist for over 10 years, providing speech and language services to both adults and children. 
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CTTAP Newsletter

Beginning with the Winter 2009-2010 issue, the Connecticut Tech Act is partnering with the RESC Alliance in order to bring readers new and expanded Assistive Technology content. Each issue will include a Feature Article, an AT Spotlight to highlight a new or innovative AT device, local AT related events, free AT resources and more.  Check out the contributions from EASTCONN's AT Team noted in each issue below.

 

SUMMER 2016

Previous newsletters can be found here 

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Assistive Technology Team

EASTCONN's Assistive Technology Team brings together the expertise of professionals representing the disciplines of physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech-language pathology and special education.  

Carol  L. Magliocco, Ph.D., P.T., ATP, CAPS

cmag_small.jpgDr. Magliocco received her doctorate in special education from the University of Connecticut in 2001. Since that time, she has served as EASTCONN’s Coordinator of Assistive Technology. Dr. Magliocco provides a range of services to school districts including student assessment, consultation, professional development, and assisting districts to integrate the use of assistive technology into the general education classroom and curriculum. Prior to joining EASTCONN, Dr Magliocco worked in the University of Connecticut’s Assistive Technology Training Center, providing statewide training for the Connecticut Tech Act and serving as an instructor for graduate coursework in assistive technology. Dr. Magliocco's email is first initial then last name: cmagliocco@eastconn.org

Amy T. Norton, M.Ed, ATP, CAPS

amynorton2011w.png Ms. Norton is an Assistive Technology Specialist at EASTCONN and provides a wide range of services to school districts including student assessment, consultation, professional development, and assisting districts to integrate the use of assistive technology into the general education classroom and curriculum. Before coming to EASTCONN, Ms. Norton was an Assistive Technology Specialist at the NEAT Center at Oak Hill in Hartford where she provided evaluation, consultation, and training services on assistive technology for individuals with disabilities across the lifespan. Previously, Ms. Norton was a consultant at the State Education Resource Center (SERC) where she coordinated the Technology in Education Initiative and provided training, consultation, and technical assistance to school districts throughout the state. Ms. Norton's email is first initial then last name: anorton@eastconn.org    

Stacey B. Fulton, OTR/L, ATP

stacey_smallw.pngMs. Fulton is a Registered, Licensed Occupational Therapist in the state of Connecticut as well as an Assistive Technology Professional. She received her undergraduate degree from Eastern Connecticut State University and a Certificate in Occupational Therapy from Quinnipiac University. Before coming to EASTCONN, Ms. Fulton worked as an Occupational Therapist in Schools for 23 years. For the past 10 years she has served as a leader of a public school district’s AT Team, providing training and performing student assessments within the district. Ms. Fulton participated in the CT State AT Cadre Training and presented at statewide conferences on the experiences of leading a district AT Team. Ms. Fulton's email is first initial then last name: sfulton@eastconn.org

 

Ann Bedard, M.S., CCC-SLP 

annbedardedserv.pngAnn Bedard is a Speech-Language Pathologist and Assistive Technology Specialist on the EASTCONN AT Team and has been working with students with disabilities for over 7 years. She provides a wide range of AT services to school districts including assessment, consultation, and professional development. Prior to working with the AT Team, Ann worked in the EASTCONN Related Services Group as a school-based SLP where she provided interventions for students with a variety of speech and language disorders including students using AAC. Ann has also concurrently worked in the home setting to deliver speech-language services through EASTCONN’s Birth-to-Three program. She received her Bachelor’s degree from UConn and Master of Science degree in Communication Disorders from Southern Connecticut State University. While pursuing her graduate degree, Ann worked in the Center for Adaptive Technology where university students utilized AT. Her experience working with individuals with disabilities from birth through post-secondary education has provided Ann with a uniquely beneficial perspective. She is a certified trainer in both TouchChat and Proloquo2go. Ann has given numerous presentations on topics such as AAC from Low to High-Tech, Apps for Speech Therapy, Apps for Academics, Visual Strategies to Support Communication and Learning, and Assisting Transitioning Students with Technology. Ms. Bedard's email is first initial then last name: abedard@eastconn.org

 

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AT Lending Library

EASTCONN's Assistive Technology Lending Library, supported in part by the CT Tech Act Project, offers loans of assistive technology devices to school districts who are members of the EASTCONN Assistive Technology Consortium. Devices in the library may be obtained through EASTCONN's Assistive Technology Specialists. Devices are available for short-term loan based on availability.

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AT/AAC Assessment

 Assistive technology (AT) consists of both devices and services. An assistive technology device is defined by IDEA 2004 as "any item, piece of equipment, or product system, whether acquired commercially off the shelf, modified, or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of a child with a disability. The term does not include a medical device that is surgically implanted or the replacement of such device." (Sec. 300.5).

     An assistive technology service is defined by IDEA 2004 as "any service that directly assists a child with a disability in the selection, acquisition, or use of an assistive technology device." (Sec. 300.6). Services include evaluation, selection, coordination with the educational team, and training.

Downloadable Assessment Referral Packets

AAC Student Assessment Referral Packet

AT Student Assessment Referral Packet

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Consortium Package

 The Consortium is the result of continued collaboration efforts between EASTCONN and the Connecticut Tech Act Project. Consortium membership provides districts with customized and flexible support and services to meet the needs of students and staff. Consortium members can access an expanded library of AT tools for use in professional development, student assessment and trial use within their school districts. Consortium membership includes priority scheduling and participation in Consortium trainings. Contact Carol Magliocco, 860-228-3483 or Amy Norton, 860-228-3486

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EASTCONN's Assistive Technology Consortium Packages offer your district:

Students Assessments that include: 

  • Focus on AT, AAC, or a combination of both
  • Focus on transition to college, career & community settings
  • Consultation with the educational team
  • On-site evaluation in the natural environment
  • Written report
  • PPT attendance to present findings

Consultation and Training Options:

    • Focus on individual student AT or AAC training, implementation and integration into the educational plan
    • Consideration of AT to support a program, classroom or grade level(s)
    • Training on use and integration of AT devices, whether tools already in district or new tools being introduced.

Access to Lending Library:

    • Loan of appropriate devices for student trial
    • Professional access to devices for exploration of new AT and AAC devices, tools and apps
    • Temporary replacement of student devices, if available, when student's device is being repaired or replaced.
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Assistive Technology

 Students with all types of disabilities benefit from the consideration of assistive technology devices and services. Students may experience difficulties with reading, writing, communication and more. EASTCONN can help you explore the available technology to assist your student, including those transitioning to college or career

“[EASTCONN's AT consultants] have ensured that all students have access to their grade level curricula ...Our relationship with the AT team has helped our students as well as our staff to meet our goals of providing universal design for learning."Leslie Wolfenden, Occupational Therapist and Assistive Technology District Coordinator, Manchester Public School

 

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