Assistive Technologies Workshop in Belmont

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Calling all Parents, Teachers, and/or Students who use Assistive Technologies in their curriculum or would like to!!!!  Mark your calendars and plan to attend our next BSEAC workshop on January 16th at 7:30pm: 

Meeting the Needs of Struggling Readers and Writers Through the Use of Reading Available Assistive Technologies.

Please join guest speaker Karen Janowski, Assistive Technology Specialist on Wednesday, January 16th for an interactive one-hour presentation on using Assistive and Educational Technologies to meet the needs of students who struggle with reading and written expression tasks. We will explore free online resources as well as iPad apps which promote academic success and independence.

Bio – As an Assistive & Educational Technology Consultant, Karen’s passion is to remove the obstacles to learning for all students. She believes that it’s important to make the curriculum accessible to all learners and provide opportunities for struggling learners to demonstrate what they know using principles of universal design.  She presents nationally and maintains a private practice, EdTech Solutions, in Reading, MA. In addition, she works part-time in the Newton Public Schools as an AT Specialist and is an adjunct professor at Simmons College.

Wednesday January 16, 2013
7:30pm – 8:30pm
Community Room
Wellington Elementary School, 121 Orchard Street, Belmont, MA 02478
Park in front of the Green Turf/Green Playground
Enter through the front entrance of the building, the Community Room is the first big room you see.   Door is on your left.

RSVP’s would be appreciated – 

Come early for the “Parents of LABBB Students or Students who use assistive technologies” Parent Mingle from 6:30pm – 7:30pm.  Join us for sharing with other parents about what types of assistive technologies you use with your student, pro’s and con’s, etc.   All parents are welcome.   A light mini-sandwhich or salad dinner will be provided.  If someone would like to bring a dessert to share or a light appetizer, contact Mary Jo Peterman via email and let her know what you will bring.

The BSEAC (Belmont Special Education Advisory Council) hosts Parent Mingles before each of their Speaker Series to give Parents an opportunity to get to know each other.  Parent Mingles will be one hour before each of the BSEAC speaker series.  If you have a child receiving services and would like to get to know other parents of children receiving services, then this might be a great opportunity for you to get to know each other for support, shared information, and networking.  If you want to be notified of future Parent Mingles and/or the BSEAC speaker series email either one of the co-chairs for more information Donata Barbar, or Mary Jo Peterman,

2) Our next Coffee/Tea will be January 17th 10:30am at Vicki Lee’s in Belmont

Would you like to get together with other parents who have children receiving services during the morning hours after the kids have been dropped off at school to have a cup of coffee/tea and support one another?  If yes, then mark your calendar for a once a month (the 3rd Thursday of every month) Morning Coffee from 10:30am to 11:30am.  The next Coffee/Tea will be at Vicki Lee’s in Cushion Square on January 17th.  Contact Mary Jo Peterman, to get on the BSEAC Morning Coffee distribution list.  RSVP’s would be appreciated –

The BSEAC has additional speakers lined up too, if you would like to volunteer, or become involved in the planning of any of the speaker events, contact Donata Barbar, or Mary Jo Peterman,  we would love to have your support.

Mary Jo Peterman

BSEAC Co-Chair

Belmont Special Education Advisory Council


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