During the 2012-2013 school year, PATINS Project, in collaboration with Michigan’s Integrated Technology Supports (MITS) and the Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence (OCALI) will provide a series of webinars that focus on assistive technology (AT), accessible instructional materials and universal design for learning (UDL). Please visit this link for additional information.
Comment from Carol Hester
Two of the three students (borrowing from PATINS Lending Library) who have used devices from PATINS will have their own iPADS for next year provided by our SPED cooperative because we have been able to show the big role the device can play in impacting their ability to learn. They have loved having them, and we have loved your support!
Comment from Gail Crowley
Teacher of the Blind and Low Vision
Jennings County and Seymour Community Schools
Thanks SO MUCH for your (Sandi Mahl, SE Regional Site Coordinator) help. I got together with Chadd Smith, ICAM IT Consultant) yesterday and we're going to be working the next couple of Tuesdays and Thursdays on downloading these books. I'm so glad I went to the Tech Expo and I'm especially glad you had me speak with him. I'm really grateful!
Comment from Michele Gillman
Director Special Education, School City of East Chicago
Jim, we are so excited to have the opportunity to work with you. These in-services have been a highlight to everyone's day! Thank you for the time and energy. I know these are long days for you. We know you make a difference for these students. I continue to hear wonderful reports from the sessions, again thanks! : )
Comment from Andrea Ellsworth
MSD of Wayne Township
West Central Joint Services
I just wanted to drop you a quick note to say thank you for all of your support this semester as our district has transitioned DRMs and tried to navigate our way through it (making mistakes along the way). :)You have been so helpful and I really appreciate your patience. Happy holidays to you and your family!
Comment from Lynne
North Decatur Elementary School
The student, staff, and parents had no idea this kind of equipment existed. Now, they do. If the time comes when they feel a CCTV with a long-throw lens will be helpful, they will know it exists. I feel the ability to check out equipment and show its availability and use was invaluable.
Comment from Andrea Hausz, MA,CCC-SLP
Speech Language Pathologist
Thank you sooo very much for helping with the ICAM registration, digital book requests, and the download - push to IPAD process. I was successful in getting all 6 of the needed textbooks on my new student's ipad. I'm exhausted, but I did it!! You were both so very nice and patient with me, and I really appreciate it! I feel so empowered. Have a blessed holiday season and happy Christmas shopping.
Comment from Carrie Welch
Chaz finished second place in the 4th grade science fair. He was able to use his iPod to give his presentation, then he answered the questions the judges asked. He will go to Ball State in February. They were also allowed to use computers for graph & typing information. Chaz did his experiment by himself. Justin had to help with pictures and helped Chaz make a graph. Also Chaz is in the classroom all day. They let him use his iPad in both classrooms. He also shares with a group of students listening to stories. He is doing awesome & becoming more independent everyday. I just wanted to share & welcome to use!
PS Thank you for all your help!!!!
Comment from Valisa Meyer
Consultant for D/HH & B/LV
Shelbyville High School
Thank you for your help today!!! It's greatly appreciated and it's nice to know that we have someone to contact that will work with us when we run into tech. problems that we don't understand!!!!
Comment from Carolyn
OT Student from University of Southern Indiana
Your presentation was awesome! I am so glad PATINS is out there! And you are the greatest person to explain, demonstrate, and expose what it going on! There is so much assistance out there to help students, teachers, and therapists in their day to day involvement with individuals who need the extra help. I wasn't aware that so much assistance existed until your presentation. Thank you!
Comment from Nancy
South Central Area Special Education Cooperative
How can you guys be any better? Rating 5++
Comment from Jill
Indianapolis Public Schools
The 4 computers donated have been a hit for my kids the past and current year. It makes me so happy to see my kindergarteners using the technology they so desperately need. We've been in school for over 20 days now and already each student has learned how to navigate on starfall.com and pbskids.com and that's all due to having the technology available so thank you!!! This year I only have 4 out of my 25 students that have a computer at home so being able to 'play' with one at school is huge!!
Comment from Sue Davis
Director of Exceptional Needs
Community Schools of Frankfort
I can't begin to tell you how grateful I am regarding the help and assistance Daniel McNulty has provided to me over the past couple days. The situation regarding a BLV student has been unfortunate but Daniel provided expert help. I am waiting now for ICAM to respond as to the availability, will then apply to an ipad, and classroom computer. I am the DRM now thanks again to Daniel and Martha Hammond. Our superintendent requested I pick 5 individuals from the district (suggested by Daniel) to also assist with the DRM responsibilities. We did and he submitted their names today. You have been a huge wealth of assistance to me to put me in contact with incredible, helpful, patient people. I really can't thank all of you enough for helping me to make a young 6th grade girls academic success possible.
Comment from Michelle R.
Andrew J. Brown Academy
Have I told you lately how wonderful your lending library is???? You sent me a few Start to Finish books and I just have to share that I was able to engage two 6th grade students that can't read and display many, many negative behaviors to keep from having to show their limitations. They were initially resistant (as they are to anything reading/writing) but once they started they were engaged in a way that I have NEVER seen them before. One student got 90% on the first quiz. The other student got 100% and then asked to do the next chapter and received another 100%. You have helped make a difference for these kids.
Did you know?
PATINS has a prize drawing for all those that participate in the training follow up surveys. Dianne Bradley from Kankakee Valley School Corporation, Jeanene Goebel from Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation and Karen Shelley from Harrison County Exceptional Learners Cooperative were chosen as the lucky winners for the past two quarters. Dianne and Karen won a leather iPad case, Jeanene won a copy of Don Johnston's Snap&Read. Congratulations!