Author Archives: Christopher Bugaj

About Christopher Bugaj

Christopher R. Bugaj, MA CCC‐SLP is a founding member the Assistive Technology Team for Loudoun County Public Schools. Chris hosts The A.T.TIPSCAST (http://attipscast.com); a multi‐award winning podcast featuring strategies to design educational experiences. Chris is the co‐author of The Practical (and Fun) Guide to Assistive Technology in Public Schools published by the International Society on Technology in Education (ISTE) and has designed and instructed online courses for ISTE on the topics of Assistive Technology and Universal Design for Learning. Chris is also the author of ATEval2Go (http://bit.ly/ateval2go), an app for iPad that helps professionals in education perform technology assessments for students. Chris co-authored two chapters for a book published by Brookes Publishing titled Technology Tools for Students with Autism. Chris co‐produces and co‐authors the popular Night Light Stories podcast (http://nightlightstories.net) which features original stories for children of all ages. Chris has presented over 250 live or digital sessions at local, regional, state, national and international events, including TEDx, all of which are listed at http://bit.ly/bugajpresentations. His latest book The New Assistive Tech: Making Learning Awesome For All, also published by ISTE, will be available in April of 2018.

ISTE ’18 People’s Choice Session

This year the International Society for Technology in Education is hosting its first ever People’s Choice Award style contest for presentation proposals to the annual conference. Mike Marotta (@mmatp) and I have teamed up to put together a proposal for a session called 25 Ways To Improve Your Inclusive Practices. We need your help to get accepted!

Please vote!

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We made a introduction video to help you better understand for what you’re voting. Have a look!

Thanks for voting!

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NEW BOOK ANNOUNCEMENT! The NEW Assistive Tech: Make Learning AWESOME For All

Cover of the New Assistive Tech: Make Learning Awesome For All!

Here it is!

The cover and title for the new book!

Pre-orders now available!

The NEW Assistive Technology: Make Learning AWESOME For All!

 

 

 

 

AT Maker Day Coming to ATIA 2018

ATIA Maker Day Saturday, February 2, 2018 Banner Heading. Four images of people smiling and making things with soldering guns.

Are you going to the Assistive Technology Industry Association Conference in Orlando, Florida in February of 2018? If so, join AT Makers for AT Maker Day! There will be activities where AT Maker groups share their projects, sessions where you learn new maker skills, and opportunities to brainstorm problems and project ideas. AT Maker Day is a free event! Don’t just make stuff! Make stuff to HELP others!

Sadly, I won’t be at ATIA 2018, so you need to go for me! I need to hear all about it!

New Book Update!

The book has gone to the copy editor! The title and cover design will the announced soon! I’m super excited to bring it to you!

Updates & Announcements

The A.T.TIPSCAST has been going through some updates lately.

New Hosting Site!

I’ve moved the audio files associated with the A.T.TIPScast from Cyberears to Podbean. If you experience any interruptions to how you access the A.T.TIPSCAST using your podcast application, re-subscribe! You can access every episode from http://attipscast.podbean.com/. I apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you.

YouTube Project Finished!

Every episode of the A.T.TIPSCAST has been converted into a video and uploaded to YouTube. You can access a video version of every episode from the YouTube Channel.

New Show! Talking With Tech

New content for the A.T.TIPSCAST continues to be on hold, but that doesn’t mean new content isn’t being produced! I’ve partnered with Lucas Steuber from SpeechScience and Rachel Madel to create a new podcast called Talking with Tech! The new podcast features discussions about technology related to communication and beyond!

New Book Update!

The book has gone through the first round of peer reviews! It is time to use their feedback to tighten some things up and move some things around to make it the best it can be before its ready to be released into the wild.

Thanks for bearing with all these changes!

5 Necessary Components of Effective AAC Implementation YappGuru University Webinar

Woman and girl looking at a tablet. ASHA CEU logo in top right corner. Title which reads Five Necessary Components of Effective AAC Implementation is imposed in the lower right.This week I was invited to present an hour long webinar for YappGuru University’s AAC After Work series. The series featured a number of internationally known presenters who work in the field of Augmentative/Alternative Communication and Assistive Technology. I presented Five Necessary Components of Effective AAC Implementation. You can find the slide deck by going to http://bit.ly/ygu5aac.

The webinar was recorded and can be purchased through YappGuru University by going to http://bit.ly/ygu5aaccourse. YappGuru University offers .10 ASHA CEUs for successful completion.

Below are some of the comments from some live participants:

“OMG I love the house/door thing!!! I need to use this with current parents!”

“These memes!!! I love it!”

“This was one of the best, most effective presentations I have seen!”

“Most excellent presentation! Loved it!”

“Thank you for all the information that was great!”

“This was fantastic!! Thank you!!”

 

 

 

 

The Least Dangerous Assumption -Cerebral Palsy Foundation Video

Back at ATIA 2017, I was invited to record a video for the Cerebral Palsy Foundation as part of their ongoing video series. I chose to talk about a concept called the Least Dangerous Assumption authored by Anne Donnellan and expounded upon on Cheryl Jorgensen in a follow-up article. The Foundation then took my raw footage and turned into something watchable (and, I hope if you like it, also shareable). Here’s the final cut! I hope I did the concept justice.

Here’s a big thank you to the Foundation for inviting me to record the video and to Karen Janowski for connecting us! Thank you Karen!

Updates & Announcements

Dear Chris, 

Where the heck have you been? There hasn’t been any new updates to the A.T.TIPScast in awhile. What’s the deal? While you’re busy explaining things, here’s another question for you. The Practical and Fun Guide to Assistive Technology in Public Schools turns 7 years old in April. Are there any plans for another book? Do you have any plans to do anything else? Whatchya working on? What’s keeping you busy these days?

Thanks for keeping us in the loop,

Everyone

 

Dear Everyone,

Thank you for the questions. Believe me, no one is itching to get back to producing new podcast episodes more than me! I miss it! As for now though, the A.T.TIPScast is on vacation as number of different projects have taken precedence. Recently, I participated in an interview with Mai Ling Chan who recently launched YappGuruU, a new online learning platform specializing in courses for professionals working with people with disabilities. In the interview, we discuss some past events like the TEDxAshburn presentation but then dive into what’s been going on currently. Here’s a link to watch the video over on Facebook Live.

But, for those of you like me, List Lovers, here’s the breakdown of what’s up…with bullets!

  • Episode YouTube Conversion Project  – Every episode of the A.T.TIPScast is being converted and archived in YouTube. Check out the progress over at the A.T.TIPScast YouTube page.
  • Presentations & Coaching – Whether in person, via video conference, or through a webinar, I’ve been busy presenting. I’ve also been coaching teams working to bring about change in their educational institutions with regard to technology implementation for people with disabilities. You can see an entire list of presentation here.
  • YappGuru University Course – Once the A.T.TIPScast episodes are loaded in YouTube, I’ll be working to put them together in a way where people can get professional development credit for listening to them through YappGuru University.
  • NEW BOOK! – I’m busy writing a new book to be published by the International Society for Technology in Education. The book is an entirely new work focusing on creating practices and programs built upon educational experiences designed for every learner using contemporary technology considerations.

So, that’s what’s going on with me! If you’re reading this, then it’s because of you I have all these opportunities to make a change in the world.

Thank you for your support!

Chris