ATIA: Smells Like Teen Spirit – Using Gaming and Social Media to Increase Access

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ATIA: Smells Like Teen Spirit – Using Gaming and Social Media to Increase Access

January 28 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


Join Jennifer Stylianos and Elonna Falk as they virtually present at ATIA!

Presentation Overview:

Got streaks, likes, or achievements? Your disabled teen should! Individuals with disabilities are significantly less likely to have access to and report less confidence with technology-use than their peers. Access to technology has become a ubiquitous teen experience with 95% having a smartphone, 85% using YouTube, and 97% of boys gaming. This teen leisure can translate into real-life skills that will serve students well beyond the latest online campaign. In this session, you will be exposed to alternative access methods (eye-gaze, voice assistants, switch-access), technologies (AAC devices, tablets), and external supports (visual supports) to increase access and improve skills.

Learning Objectives:

  1. As a result of this activity, participants will be able to discuss how the key features of 3 access method technologies such as eye-gaze, head-pointing, adaptive-mice meet specific visual, cognitive, and/or physical access needs
  2. Participants will be able to 4 ways to use a voice assistant such as Amazon Alexa and Google Home to engage Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) users
  3. Participants will be able to describe the 3 steps necessary to create their own simplified iPad switch recipes for launching a drone, accessing YouTube, or environmental controls.


January 28
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Jennifer Stylianos
Elonna Falk


ATIA 2021