Author Archives: Christopher Bugaj

About Christopher Bugaj

Host of the A.T.TIPSCAST- A podcast about Assistive Technology, Differentiating Instruction, and Universal Design for Learning in Public Schools. Assistive Technology Specialist and Speech-Language Pathologist.

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

 

 

 

The AT Mannequin Challenge at ATIA 2017

 

three mannequins

By now, you’ve probably heard of the Mannequin Challenge. The concept is simple. For no good reason, create a scene where everyone holds completely still as another person walks through the scene filming it. Then, post your video to entertain or inspire others. Here’s a link to some of the more popular ones which have already been created – http://time.com/4565174/mannequin-challenge-ranking/

How does this relate assistive technology?

Let’s gather together to participate in a Mannequin Challenge to raise awareness for the use of technology to support people with disabilities. Let’s do an Assistive Technology Mannequin Challenge.

When: Friday, January 20th at 6:30pm ET

Where: At the launch of EdcampAccess at the 2017 Assistive Technology Industry Association Conference in Orlando, Florida

REGISTER for ATIA 2017

REGISTER for EdcampAccess International

Who: You and every one of your colleagues!

What to do: Creatively show off a concept, principle, practice, or piece of technology used to support a person with a disability by holding a pose for approximately 1 – 2 minutes. Someone, likely me, will slowly move through the crowd filming it.

Once recorded, I’ll edit it together with some music and post it to YouTube. Then we can all share it with everyone we know!

If you have any questions, let me know! 

Hope to see you there!

UPDATE! The Mannequin Challenge Happened! Here is the video we made together!

A.T.TIPSCAST Episode #155: ALgS or Model, Model, Model

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This episode of the A.T.TIPSCAST is sponsored by the ebook version of
The Practical (and Fun) Guide to Assistive Technology

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Episode Overview –

Episode #155 features a recording of a conversation between Chris and his wife Melissa which takes place during a baby sitting session. The episode explores early language development and describes the strategy of Aided Language Stimulation (ALgS) necessary for teaching language to a user of augmentative/alternative communication.

A.T.TIPS in this Episode –

A.T.TIP #488: Model on the AAC device.

Also, here’s a video that explains Aided Language Stimulation:

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A.T.TIPSCAST Episode #154: Planning for Motor Memory

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Episode Overview –

Episode #154 features a discussion on the concept of using motor plans and motor memory to become automatic at using an AAC device.

A.T.TIPS in this Episode –

A.T.TIP #486: Plan for motor memory right from the onset of device implementation.

A.T.TIP #487: Don’t mess with the motor plan once established.

Attribution Notification – Portions of the following musical tracks were used in this episode:

Upcoming Live Presentations

ISAAC Conference in Toronto, Canada – August 2016

AAC Practitioners in the 21st Century: Leveraging Our Efforts through Social Media and Digital Technologies (with Carole Zangari)

4 panel comic with a genie and a lamp. Panel 1 - Genie says "You rubbed the magic lamp! Make a wish!". Panel 2 - Genie says, "What? No! I won't let you waste your wish on that!" Panel 3 - Genie says, "If you wish to learn about digital tech you don't need me!" Panel 4 - Genie says, "Go to Carole's and Chris's Precon at ISAAC on August 6th instead!" In the bottom there is text that reads "sign up today! http://bit.ly/isaacprecons

Liberator AAC Summit – Melbourne, Australia – July 2016

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A.T.TIPSCAST Episode #153: The Corenerstone of Language

Side by side image of two diagrams featuring concentric circles. The first shows a large red circle labeled Fringe. Inside it is a small green circle that reads core. The caption below it reads Amount of Words. Beside this diagram is a large green circle matching the size of the red circle. It reads core. Inside the core circle is a smaller red circle labeled fringe. The label underneath reads Usage Frequency.Download the audio directly – Episode #153: The Corenerstone of Language 

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Episode Overview –

Episode #153 features a discussion on which vocabulary to target when teaching language to a student who uses an augmentative/alternative communication device. This is the episode for Better Hearing and Speech Month of 2016.

A.T.TIPS in this Episode –

A.T.TIP #484: Use open-ended questions rather than closed questions. Try this exercise to practice!

table with three columns and six rows. The first column is red. The second is green. The third is white. The first column is labeled "Teacher Says". The second column is labeled "Teacher Could Say" The third column is labeled "Possible Accepted Student Response". The first column has the following written in each row respectively " “Who had a little lamb?” “Who was the first president?” “How do plants make food?” “Where do polar bears live?” “Which book is your favorite?”

A.T.TIP #485: Converse with device users in such a way that allows them to respond using the most frequently used vocabulary.

Upcoming Live Presentations

ISAAC Conference in Toronto, Canada – August 2016

AAC Practitioners in the 21st Century: Leveraging Our Efforts through Social Media and Digital Technologies (with Carole Zangari)

4 panel comic with a genie and a lamp. Panel 1 - Genie says "You rubbed the magic lamp! Make a wish!". Panel 2 - Genie says, "What? No! I won't let you waste your wish on that!" Panel 3 - Genie says, "If you wish to learn about digital tech you don't need me!" Panel 4 - Genie says, "Go to Carole's and Chris's Precon at ISAAC on August 6th instead!" In the bottom there is text that reads "sign up today! http://bit.ly/isaacprecons

Liberator AAC Summit – Melbourne, Australia – July 2016

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A.T.TIPSCAST Episode #152: Breaking Down and Building Up Language

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Episode Overview –

Episode #152 is a discussion on how to teach language by breaking it down into component parts and structuring lessons around language concepts.

A.T.TIPS in this Episode –

A.T.TIP #481: Developing a plan to target one or two words per week (or so) building up to more complex/grouped language concepts.

Sample Planning Sheet

Targetted Word – Put

Numbers in Language Opportunities column are minimum opportunities

to use the targetted word

TIME ACTIVITY

LANGUAGE OPPORTUNITIES

8:00 – 8:30

Morning Circle

Attendance – Where to put others (5)

Calendar – Where to put # day (5)

Weather – Where to put clothes on character (5)

8:30 – 9:00

Science

Plants – Soil in cup (3), seeds in soil (5), water in soil (2), plant near window (1)

9:00 – 9:30

Storytime

Story w/ “put” – Grocery shopping. Put in basket (3), put on belt (3), put in bag (1) put in car (1), put in house (1), put away (3)

9:30 – 10:00

Snack

Plate on table (1), cup on table (1), Put on plate (5), put in cup (5), put in hand (5), put top on (1), put in mouth (5), put away (1)

10:00 – 10:30

Art

Paper on table (1), paint on table (3), brush on table (1), water in cup (1), water on table (1), smock on (1), paint on brush (5), brush on paper (5), brush in water (5), paper away (1), paint away (3), brush away (1), water away (1), smock off (1)

10:30 – 11:00

Maths

Addition – Squares on board (10), Group squares (10), Numbers to match squares (10)

A.T.TIP #482: Plan for at least 100 structured experiences to expose and use the targeted word or language concept.

A.T.TIP #483: Teaching language is more like building a house than unlocking a door.

Picture of a lock with a red arrow that reads not this and a picture of a house under construction with a green arrow that reads this

Upcoming Live Presentations

ISAAC Conference in Toronto, Canada – August 2016

AAC Practitioners in the 21st Century: Leveraging Our Efforts through Social Media and Digital Technologies (with Carole Zangari)

4 panel comic with a genie and a lamp. Panel 1 - Genie says "You rubbed the magic lamp! Make a wish!". Panel 2 - Genie says, "What? No! I won't let you waste your wish on that!" Panel 3 - Genie says, "If you wish to learn about digital tech you don't need me!" Panel 4 - Genie says, "Go to Carole's and Chris's Precon at ISAAC on August 6th instead!" In the bottom there is text that reads "sign up today! http://bit.ly/isaacprecons

Liberator AAC Summit – Melbourne, Australia – July 2016

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