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Wednesday, January 24, 2024 (ATIA Preconference)

This session is the first of nine webinar sessions within the Education PAL 2024 Cohort

How to Effectively Collaborate with Your State Education Agency – Compliance with the 21st Century Assistive Technology Act

Presenters: Audrey Busch, Association of Assistive Technology Act Programs and John Eisenberg, National Association of State Directors of Special Education

Purpose: This segment of the pre-conference will focus on the new AT Guidance from the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) that directs attention to the role of assistive technology (AT) in education, and how AT Act Programs and State Education Agencies can collaborate to advance increased access to and acquisition of AT in educational settings.


Introduction and Welcome – Linda Jaco, ATAP Grant Manager

 1:00 – 1:30 Overview of New AT Guidance, Keynote Address, Valerie Williams, Director of Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) within the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services at the U. S. Department of Education and responsible for overseeing the administration of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

1:30 – 2:00 Opportunities for AT Collaboration, Presenters: Audrey Busch, Executive Director of the Association of Assistive Technology Act Programs (ATAP) and John Eisenberg, Executive Director of the National Association of Special Education (NASDSE)

2:00 – 2:50 Oklahoma Partnership, Presenter, Allyson Robinson, Oklahoma ABLE Tech

2:50 – 3:10 Break

3:10 – 3:30 Introduction of the Education Peer Action Learning (PAL) Cohort, Presenter, Linda Jaco, AT3 Grant Manager

3:30 – 4:30 Round Table Discussion – Q & A: Invited Panel:

  • Tina Diamond, U.S. Department of Education
  • Anita Vermeer, U.S. Department of Education
  • Cynthia Curry, Associate Director in the Technical Assistance Division at the USU Institute for Disability Research, Policy & Practice (IDRPP)
  • Brian Wojcik (in place for Gayl Bowser, Educational Consultant – Assistive Technology Collaborations and organizer of the State Leaders in Assistive Technology (SLATE))
  • Audrey Busch, ATAP Executive Director
  • John Eisenberg, NASDSE Executive Director
  • AT Act Programs
  • State Education Agencies

Event Materials

OSEP Director Williams Keynote (PDF)
Collaborate with SEA Presentation – Audrey Busch (PDF)
Collaborate with SEA Presentation – John Eisenberg (PDF)
Collaborate with SEA Presentation – Allyson Robinson (PDF)
Collaborate with SEA Presentation – Linda Jaco (PDF)