T06- Assistive Technology in the 21st Century-2015 ©

March 3 and 4, 2015

 CUNY Graduate Center

365 5th Ave, New York, NY 10016

 10:30 – 11:40 AM

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Zahavit Paz, Founder and CEO, Learning Disabilities Resources Foundation, Inc. and Shannon Stringer, Head of Technology Integration, Churchill School and Center

Assistive Technology is built into many devices, but not everyone knows how to use them for that purpose. This presentation will highlight Assistive Technology options across a variety of devices and platforms, from Windows to Chrome to Mavericks to iOS, focusing on the use of these devices in an educational setting.


Zahavit Paz, Executive Director and Co-Founder of LD Resources Foundation, will be making a panel presenting regarding e-book technology at the “Access to Higher Ground” Conference in Westminister, Colorado, on Friday, November 13, 2009

The title of Ms. Paz’s presentation will be, “From Clay Tablets to the Kindle – implications of the new e-book technology.” The Access to Higher Ground Conference is sponsored by the University of Colorado in collaboration with AHEAD, EASI, ATHEN, and WebAIM. This Nationwide Conference is for individuals who design or provide accessible web media, web based information resources and web access technology in the academic environment.
As a panel participant, Ms. Paz will speak on how current E-book technology affects students with print disabilities on postsecondary universities.

Highlights:

Access to textbooks, via e-book technology, which can be accessed everywhere students may be located, such as in trains, buses, transportation depots, libraries, and other public or private spaces.
What the downsides are of this breakthrough technology when it comes to students with a print disability.
The need for developing e-book standards to institute compatible “across the board” e-reader technology, so that students have access to any book they need regardless of the publishing source or the book seller.
Why are the costs of this technology prohibitive for those in the lower socio-economic sphere?

The full text of Zahavit Paz’s speech will be in an upcoming blog at http://ldrfa.blogspot.com/
For more information regarding the Access to Higher Ground Conference go to: http://www.colorado.edu/ATconference/
For more information on e-book technology, go to: http://www.ebookweek.com/ebook_gallery.html#2

LD Resources Foundation at the Israeli Assistive Technology Forum
The Israeli Assistive Technology Forum

Date: Friday, September 13, 2009
The forum, held at the Max Stern Academic College of Emek Yezreel,

Contact: Iris Adato-Biran at Open University (972) 09.778.1230 irisad@openu.ac.il
Contact: Ms. Zahavit Paz, Founder
Office 646.701.0000 Cell 917.405.4837 Fax 212.444.1061
Email: zpaz@ldrfa.org Website: www.ldrfa.org

In this fast-paced world, having the right tools to learn is essential. For students with learning disabilities, it is all the more important that these tools be portable and accessible. With this in mind, the LD Resource Foundation Zahavit Paz, Executive Director and Co-founder will be speaking on Sunday, September 13, 2009 at the Israeli Assistive Technology Forum. The forum, held at the Max Stern Academic College of Emek Yezreel, (http://www.yvc.ac.il/template/default.asp?maincat=24) will look at the role of assistive technology and its role in assisting postsecondary students with learning disabilities. Ms. Paz will speak on Digital Literacy and Technology in the 21st Century. Her talk will focus on the how assistive technology has been utilized in the United States for students with Learning Disabilities and Attention Deficit Disorder (LD/ADHD) . She will give a live demonstration of the Key to Go USB drive, an extraordinary cutting edge assistive reading tool used by our technology award student recipients (for more about our award programs go to: Click here). Premier Assistive Technologies Inc., a partner with LD Resources Foundation Inc, (LDRF), developed the Key to Go USB drive. Ms Paz’s presentation will include an overview about how people with a reading disability can access their textbooks at college and access the Internet.  For her PowerPoint presentation and other links and resources please visit: Click here LDRF’s  in 2008 operates  two programs in Israel at  Open University http://www-e.openu.ac.il/ and Tel Hai College  http://www.telhai.ac.il/english/  Both are members of the Israeli Assistive Technology Forum.

For further information about LDRF’s award programs and advocacy work of LD Resources Foundation, go to www.ldrfa.org.
For further information about Premier Assistive Technology, Inc., go to www.readingmadeez.com

Announcing a workshop on assistive technology

The Manhattan Adult Attention Deficit Disorder
Support Group (MAADDSG)
LD Resources Foundation (LDRF) workshop

Event: Digital Literacy in the 21st: and assistive technology for adults with ADD or LD

When: Wednesday, December 10 2008
Time: 6:30pm to 9pm
Where: Seafarers & International House
123 East 15th Street,
northeast corner 15th and Irving Place, NYC

Presenters:
Zahavit Paz – Co Founder and Chair LD Resources Foundation.
Mark Surabian – ATP, Founder CogniTech Café Assistive Technology Co.;
Jason Luchs – Assistant Director, Student Disability Services, The New School.
Diane Cox – VESID representative
(VESID) Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities.

More info MAADDSG: Tel 845-278-3022 or 914-378-3295
contact Paul Jaffe at: MAADDSG@aol.com
Contact info LDRF: Tel: 646.701.0000
email Zahavit Paz: zpaz@ldrfa.org

THE LD RESOURCES FOUNDATION, TOGETHER WITH THE INTERNATIONAL DYSLEXIA ASSOCIATION, ANNOUNCES A SPECIAL WORKSHOP AND PRESENTATION FOR DIGITAL LITERACY TOOLS.
For Further Information contact:

Ms. Zahavit Paz, Founder
LD Resources Foundation
Office: 646.701.0000
Cel: 917.405.4837
Fax 212.444.1061
Email: zpaz@ldrfa.org
Website:http://www.ldrfa.org

Ms. Lucy Martin
The International Dyslexia Association
71 West 23rd Street, Suite 1527
New York, NY 10010
Phone: 212.691.1930
Fax: 212.633.1620
Website: http://www.nybida.org

WHERE: Room 411
WHEN: Tuesday, September 23, 2008, 9:00 AM

AGENDA
09:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Workshop and Assistive technology awards and training, Zahavit Paz, Kenneth L. Grisham
12:00 PM – 12: 30 PM – Refreshments

The LD Resources Foundation and Premier Assistive Technology, Inc., as part of a joint initiative, are expanding efforts started earlier this year with Manhattan Marymount College, to make digital literacy tools readily available to students with learning disabilities. An integral part of this expanded program will be the donation of five portable assistive technology devices to students.

We are also happy to announce that, the LD Resources Foundation /Premier Assistive Technology joint initiative has donated Literacy Productivity Pack licenses to Marymount’s Thomas J. Shanahan Library, so that ALL library computers will be accessible. By outfitting all the workstations with a comprehensive suite of literacy software, the benefits of this technology will be extended to the entire student population. These technologies will enable and empower students with learning disabilities to address their literacy needs in new and innovative ways.

Additional efforts at Manhattan Marymount College include expanding literacy training at the Bedford Hills Correctional Center Project to further increase successful post incarceration opportunities. This program will address literacy related concerns in the training and re-entry preparation for individuals at the correctional facility as they prepare for the workforce.

This collaborative donation has been made possible by LD Resources Foundation and Premier Assistive Technology’s “Key to Access” program, which was established as part of its mission to provide literacy technologies to individuals with disabilities and to provide them with the tools needed to access “today’s technologically oriented world.”

LD Resources Foundation is committed to overcoming barriers, and providing access to knowledge, for adults with learning disabilities. It is one of the few non-profit organizations focusing solely on the needs of adults with Learning Disabilities in post secondary educational programs and in the workplace. The Foundation’s mission is to enable individuals with Learning Disabilities to fully participate in academic, library and museum programs, and to successfully engage in employment through assistive technology awareness. Individual services, which are limited to individuals with financial need, include testing, mentoring, and providing the latest assistive technology and instruction.

Email: info@ldrfa.org
Website: www.ldrfa.org

Premier Assistive Technology, Inc., established in 1998, is a leading developer of Assistive Technology software and devices to meet the reading and writing needs for people of all ages for home, school and work. Their portfolio of products now include over 20 applications and are designed for easy use and set up. Their products address a broad range of reading and writing needs. Premier Assistive Technology is currently working with LD Resources Foundation, Inc. to develop educational campaigns to heighten community awareness about learning differences and the latest assistive technologies available to meet these needs.

For further information the company may be contacted at:
email: info@readingmadeeasy.com
website: www.readingmadeeasy.com
Phone/fax: 815-927-7390

Marymount Manhattan College’s Academic Access Program is geared to enable individuals with learning disabilities to fully participate in all aspects of learning and student activities. In working with LDRF, MMC is maximizing the number of students who can benefit from literacy technologies.

THE LD RESOURCES FOUNDATION, TOGETHER WITH THE BROOKLYN PUBLIC LIBRARY, IS SPONSORING A CONFERENCE ON ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY AND SELF-ADVOCACY FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES.
For Further Information contact:

Ms. Zahavit Paz, Founder
LD Resources Foundation
Office: 646.701.0000
Cel: 917.405.4837
Fax 212.444.1061
Email: zpaz@ldrfa.org
Website:http://www.ldrfa.org

Maxine O. Cooper
Consumer Health Librarian
Brooklyn Public Library
Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, NY  11238
Phone: 718-230-2477
Fax: 718-230-2297

WHERE: Brooklyn Public Library, 2nd Floor Meeting Room, Grand Army Plaza.
WHEN: Saturday, March 29, 2008, 12:30 PM – 4:00 PM

AGENDA:
12:30 PM – 1:00 PM – Refreshments

1: 00 PM – 1:15 PM
The LD Resources Foundation and Premier Assistive Technology, Inc., as part of a joint initiative, will be donating three portable assistive technology devices and three permanent computer literacy software packs to expand the library’s computer access for individuals with disabilities. This technology will enable library users to access any computer station in the library. This collaborative donation has been made possible by LD Resources Foundation and Premier Assistive Technology’s “Key to Access” program, which was established as part of its mission to provide literacy technologies to individuals with disabilities and to provide them with the tools needed to access “today’s technologically oriented world”.

1:15 PM – Keynote speaker: Jo Anne Simon, Esq.
Disability Law – Becoming Your Own Advocate

1:30 PM – 2:45PM
Panel discussion
Panelists: Associate Prof. Michael Cokkinos, Communications and Advertising, FIT and CUNY, panel moderator; Liz Holly Mortensen, Disability Services and ADA Coordinator, FIT, SUNY; Zahavit Paz, Founder and Chair Person, LD Resources Foundation; Kenneth L. Grisham, President & CEO, Premier Assistive Technology; Isabella Reichel, Ed.D., Board Certified Fluency Specialist, Speech Pathologist and Audiologist; representative from the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities.

2:45 PM – 3:45PM
Assistive technology training with Kenneth L. Grisham room 216 and Raffle drawing for individuals with disabilities.

LD Resources Foundation is one of the few non-profit organizations focusing solely on the needs of adults with Learning Disabilities and Attention Deficit Disorders in post secondary educational programs and in the workplace. The Foundation’s mission is to enable individuals with Learning Disabilities and Attention Deficit Disorders to fully participate in academic, library and museum programs, and to successfully engage in employment through assistive technology awareness. Individual services, which are limited to individuals with financial need, include testing, mentoring, and providing the latest assistive technology and instruction.

Premier Assistive Technology, Inc., established in 1998, is a leading developer of Assistive Technology software and devices to meet the reading and writing needs for people of all ages for home, school and work. Their portfolio of products now include over 20 applications and are designed for easy use and set up. Their products address a broad range of reading and writing needs. Premier Assistive Technology is currently working with LD Resources Foundation, Inc. to develop educational campaigns to heighten community awareness about learning differences and the latest assistive technologies available to meet these needs.

For further information the company may be contacted at:
Email: info@readingmadeeasy.com
Website: www.readingmadeeasy.com
Phone/fax: 815-927-7390

Brooklyn Public Library is an outstanding library system with 60 locations. It serves more than 1.5 million people annually, and has over 1.5 million books, magazines and multimedia material.

LD RESOURCES FOUNDATION NAMES FIVE WINNERS
MANHATTAN NONPROFIT HONORS STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES WITH INAUGURAL KEY TO ACCESS AWARDS

Location: Marymount Manhattan College 221 E 71st St (Nugent Building), Room 462
Date: Friday, March 28, 2008
Time: 10: a.m. to 1:00 PM
Contact: Ms. Zahavit Paz, Founder
Office: 646.701.0000 Fax: 212.444.1061
Email: zpaz@ldrfa.org Website:  www.ldrfa.org

In this fast-paced world, having the right tools to learn is essential. For students with learning disabilities, it is all the more important that these tools be portable and accessible. With this in mind, LD Resources Foundation will award five LD students registered with Marymount Manhattan College, office of disability and program for academic Access for LD
Premier Key to Access Awards ceremony to be held March 28, 2008.

The office for academic Access for LD will be awarded three Premier Literacy Productivity Pack. On Thursday, March 28, 2008, the president of Premier Assistive Technology, IL, and Kenneth L. Grisham will demonstrate the Key to Access USB MP3 player that will be awarded to each of the five students and staff.

This award initiative between LDRF and Premier. Each student recipient will receive technical support from Premier and will be closely monitored directly by the president of the company, Kenneth L. Grisham.

The Key to Access contains: Scan and Read Pro; Universal Reader Plus; E-Text Reader; Premier Predictor Pro; Ultimate Talking Dictionary; Talking Word Processor; PDF Magic; PDF Equalizer ML; Text to Audio; and Talking Calculator. The device is not much larger than a pack of gum and contains a collection of tools designed to make any PC computer accessible; software never needs to be installed on the computer. The office for academic Access for LD will host a demonstration and presentation on Friday, March 28, 2008, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 PM in 221 E 71st St (Nugent Building), Room 462.

LDRF – PREMIER INITIATIVE KEY TO ACCESS AWARD PROGRAM

LD Resources Foundation (LDRF) concentrates on identifying promising, motivated students with academic challenges, in order to provide them with assistance and guidance to succeed in Higher Education. As the world of assistive technology expands at a rapid pace, a cornerstone of LDRF’S mission is making sure that the latest digital literacy tools are made available to those who need them most.

In January 2008, LDRF and Premier Assistive Technology created a joint initiative called the “Key to Access Award Program”. The focus of this new award is to create and expand programs that maximize opportunities for students with learning disabilities and to provide the literacy tools they need with our unique approach to creating assistive technology award events and related training for students.

LDRF also works closely with the disability service offices, libraries and computer labs at colleges and universities to ensure that all students have full access to school services and programs. As part of its “premier initiative awards program” , LDRF also awards postsecondary institutions, in the NYC metropolitan area, with the software, hardware and concomitant training needed to expand student accessibility to all learning opportunities offered at the school.

Premier Assistive Technology and LDRF will extend their programs to the private sector and other organizations in the near future. The Key to Access Award is based upon Premier’s Assistive Key to Access portable flash drive / MP3 technology that contains a robust suite of 10 pre-loaded software applications that focus on literacy. The software applications are: Universal Reader Plus; E-Text Reader; Premier Predictor Pro; Ultimate Talking Dictionary; Talking Word Processor; PDF Magic; PDF Equalizer ML; Text to Audio; Scan and Read Pro; and Talking Calculator. This portable device is designed to make any personal computer accessible; software never needs to be installed on the computer and students can take their electronic files with them wherever they go. Currently the product is only available for PCs.

Premier Assistive Technology has embarked on a joint initiative with LD Resources Foundation Inc, to create educational awareness campaigns designed to inform post secondary institutions, in the NYC area, about learning differences specific to learning disabilities and to help students succeeded in their academic and future careers by making them aware of the variety of tools and college services available to them.

Our awareness campaigns are also aimed well beyond the academic arena. LDRF’s mission includes informing and educating mainstream society.

The Premier-LDRF initiative program’s unique approach reaches out to support libraries and museums and provides their staff and patrons with awareness training, and offers assistive technology awards to their consumers who are financially limited.

Currently, the Key to Access Award is being made available to selected higher educational institutions, libraries and museums in the New York City metropolitan area.

Beyond the academic arena, it is also becoming clear that the need for digital literacy tools must be extended to all public service institutions, government bodies and corporations. LD Resources Foundation will continue to explore additional initiatives to bring literacy technologies to all learning and work sectors, so that individuals may have opportunities for full access to programs where they learn and work.

http://www.readingmadeez.com (Premier Assistive Technology Website)

LD RESOURCES FOUNDATION NAMES FIVE WINNERS
MANHATTAN NONPROFIT HONORS STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES WITH INAUGURAL KEY TO ACCESS AWARDS

Location: Hunter College, TH205 Access and Technology Center
Date: January 17, 2008
Time: 1: 30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m
Contact: Ms. Zahavit Paz, Founder
Office: 646.701.000 Cell 917.405.4837 Fax 212.444.1061
Email: zpaz@ldrfa.org
Website: www.ldrfa.org

In this fast-paced world, having the right tools to learn is essential. For students with learning disabilities, it is all the more important that these tools be portable and accessible. With this in mind, the LD Resource Foundation will award five students the Premier Key Access Award at the Hunter College Access and Technology Center on Thursday, January 17, 2008. The AccessAbility office will be awarded Premier Literacy Productivity Pack. The president of Premier Assistive Technology, IL, Kenneth L. Grisham will demonstrate the Key to Access USB MP3 Player which will be awarded to each of the five students from Hunter.

This award is a new initiative between LDRF and Premier. Each student recipient will receive unlimited technical support from Premier and will be closely monitored directly by the president of the company, Kenneth L. Grisham.

The Key to Access contains: Scan and Read Pro; Universal Reader Plus; E-Text Reader; Premier Predictor Pro; Ultimate Talking Dictionary; Talking Word Processor; PDF Magic; PDF Equalizer ML; Text to Audio; and Talking Calculator. The device is not much larger than a pack of gum and contains a collection of tools designed to make any PC computer accessible; software never needs to be installed on the computer. The AcessAbility office will host a demonstration and presentation on Thursday, January 17, 2008, 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. At: Hunter College Thomas Hunter 205- Access and Technology Center 695 Park Ave. Corner of 68th and Lexington Ave, New York City, New York.

LD RESOURCES FOUNDATION NAMES FIVE WINNERS
MANHATTAN NONPROFIT HONORS STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES WITH INAUGURAL KEY TO ACCESS AWARDS

Location: FIT, Room B502, CET
Date: January 17, 2008
Time: 8: 15 a.m. to 12:00 Noon
Contact: Ms. Zahavit Paz, Founder
Office: 646.701.000 Cell 917.405.4837 Fax 212.444.1061
Email: zpaz@ldrfa.org
Website: www.ldrfa.org

In this fast-paced world, having the right tools to learn is essential. For students with learning disabilities, it is all the more important that these tools be portable and accessible. With this in mind, the LD Resource Foundation will award five students registered with FIT-ABLE, the Office of Disability Services at FIT, the Premier Key Access Awards ceremony to be held January 17.

FIT-Able office will be awarded Premier Literacy Productivity Pack. On Thursday, January 17, 2008, the president of Premier Assistive Technology, IL, Kenneth L. Grisham will demonstrate the Key to Access USB MP3 Player which will be awarded to each of the five students from FIT-ABLE.

This award is a new initiative between LDRF and Premier. Each student recipient will receive unlimited technical support from Premier and will be closely monitored directly by the president of the company, Kenneth L. Grisham.

The Key to Access contains: Scan and Read Pro; Universal Reader Plus; E-Text Reader; Premier Predictor Pro; Ultimate Talking Dictionary; Talking Word Processor; PDF Magic; PDF Equalizer ML; Text to Audio; and Talking Calculator. The device is not much larger than a pack of gum and contains a collection of tools designed to make any PC computer accessible; software never needs to be installed on the computer. The FIT-ABLE office will host a demonstration and presentation on Thursday, January 17, 2008, 8:15 a.m. to 12:00 Noon in the CET (Center for Excellence in Teaching) at FIT, Room B502. News Coming Soon