About Us

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Assistive Technology of Alaska (ATLA) is Alaska’s only comprehensive assistive technology (AT) resource center. AT can be the key to greater independence and productivity for people in their home, school, community, and/or place of employment. ATLA provides demonstrations, information, and device loans to help Alaskans make informed decisions and select the AT that best meets their needs.

Mission Statement

To enhance the quality of life for Alaskans through assistive technology.

Our Snapshot

ATLA is a nonprofit organization specializing in assessments, assistive technology, and technology training services. We work with government, business, education, health services organziations, and individuals to provide accessible and cost-effective technology solutions to promote independent living and success.

Our Beliefs

Our agency believes in the right of consumers to make informed choices. We also believe that everyone should:

•     have the opportunity to achieve his or her maximum potential.
•     have the opportunity to share knowledge, express feelings, and be heard.
•     be able to actively participate in his or her own learning.
•     have access to the tools that can provide them with a way to read, write, communicate, and learn.
•     work in partnership to effectively enhance an individual’s quality of life through independence.
“Communication is the essence of human life.” - (Daniel Webster)

ATLA provides information, resources, demonstrations, loans, and the ability to purchase the following devices and/or software:

•     Aids for daily living
•     Aids for Blindness & Low Vision
•     Augmentative or Alternative Communication (AAC) devices
•     Computer access devices and software
•     Devices for Deaf & Hard of Hearing
•     Aids for Environmental Controls
•     Aids for educational needs

 

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ASSEC Presentations

Assistive Technology of Alaska and the Alaska Center for Accessible Media will be presenting and have a booth at the 2014 Alaska Statewide Special Education Conference on Monday, 2/10/14 through Wednesday 2/12/14. Please stop by and say hello or join us at one of our exciting and fun sessions!

Monday, 2/10/14
10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Getting in Touch with Your Duct Tape Diva: Slant Boards, iPad Stands, and Mounting Solutions
Accommodations for students are not always about high tech gadgets and talking boxes. With a little creativity and Duct tape, accessibility solutions can be affordable and fun. These sessions will start your mind down the road of creative problem solving and allow you to make your creations come to life.

1:15 pm – 2:45 pm
Creating Accessible Educational Materials on the Fly (Part 1)
Students with disabilities can use technology to access educational materials. There are many free or low cost methods and technologies that teachers can use to provide accessible educational materials to students with disabilities. This presentation will provide participants an opportunity to explore accessibility built in to mobile devices, free online Web 2.0 websites, and low cost equipment to support diverse.

1:15 pm – 2:45 pm
Pick Your Path: Navigating from Text to Speech
Text to speech is a valuable tool in the accessibility tool belt. However, many people do not realize the vast array of options to perform this task. Find the ways to increase print accessibility through built-in features, apps, and software and hardware options.

3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Low Cost…High Tech?
Many people are under the misguided perception that techy accessibility solutions are costly. This session will demonstrate a variety of tools to help students gain access to the curriculum without breaking the bank.

3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Creating Accessible Educational Materials on the Fly (Part 2)

Tuesday, 2/11/14
10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Shouting Doesn’t Help. How to Avoid Brain Drain in the Hearing World

1:15 pm – 2:45 pm
Dive into iOS 7 for AT & AIM (Part 1)
Get ready to dive into the iOS pool of accessibility and learn how the iPad’s built in features and the latest AT apps can open up a new world of possibilities for students of all abilities. Mobile learning tools have changed the way students can access information. The iPad has the potential to allow all learners, including those with diverse literacy needs, to access educational materials.

1:45 pm – 2:30 pm
It Takes a Village: Building a Technology Team
Growing the awareness and knowledge needed to successfully utilize technology in schools is a challenging task and one that usually requires a team approach. Learn the components of a successful and techniques to integrate technology into your school.

3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Dive into iOS 7 for AT & AIM (Part 2)

2:45 pm – 3:30 pm
AT for the Disconnected
Today, everyone appears to be connected 24/7 and technology is the standard go-to problem solver, but what do you do when you’re not connected to the technology web? Learn about AT that can work for areas that have limited or no Internet connectivity to provide accommodations and accessibility for students.

Wednesday, 2/12/14
10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Digital Interventions for “Document Disorder”
In this presentation, we’ll discuss a variety of practices that cultivate mindfulness and creativity that can be applied to the challenges of education, technology, and modern life. Learn how to use apps like Evernote, Skitch, and Livescribe to tame your own document disasters and create accessible educational learning environments. Learn how teachers and students can use these tools to stay organized (both in and out of the classroom) and to reduce their reliance on paper documents!

1:15 pm – 2:45 pm
Connecting the Dots: QR Codes as an AT Solution Snap
Join me to learn what QR codes are, how to use them as an AT accommodation, and how to make them! We will cover the endless possibilities of integrating QR codes for assistive technology and discuss solutions to use QR codes in education. The possibilities are only limited by your imagination!

{text-align:center;} ATLA is a public non-profit 501(c) 3 agency which provides assistive technology solutions to Alaskans with disabilities.