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Barbara Welsford

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Over thirty years of experience in the fields of assistive technology (AT) and Universal Design for Learning designing training programs for teachers, administrators, paraprofessionals, parents, students and clients; direct assistive technology service delivery to students in the Nova Scotia public school system; securing and managing funds to purchase and place AT with clients; management of an assistive technology centre program since 1993 on the South Shore of NS. Extensive experience teaching assistive technology and UDL courses at the university (B.Ed and M.Ed) and college levels via face to face training and synchronous online learning through Blackboard Collaborate, Zoom and Google Meet. Experience teaching asynchronous Augmentative Communication, Assistive Technology and UDL courses via Moodle. Vast knowledge of Accessible and Assistive Technology UDL research and theoretical background as it relates to the field of education. Experience presenting at international conferences on Assistive Technology, Literacy, Universal Design, Program Planning and Assistive Technology and AT/UDL Service Delivery.  Design and teach graduate level courses (virtual and face to face) on UDL and Assistive Technology for Acadia University, Mount St. Vincent University and STFX.  A recent course pertaining to this presentation was the design and delivery of a graduate level course on UDL in the Virtual Classroom: Access for All.  I have also been a presenter at Assistive Technology Industry Association International Conference January 2020 (You Can’t Turn Your Back on Assistive Technology!)  and February 2021 (Embrace the Pivot: Implementation of an Assistive Technology Service Delivery COVID Preparedness Plan; and today’s session UDL-IRN The Final Frontier: UDL in the Virtual Classroom!

Session Information

The Final Frontier! UDL in the Virtual Classroom (Thursday, March 31st, 10:30-11:30am ET)