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AUCD - Technology Special Session:
Reaching All Learners: Apple Technology for Special Needs

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Monday, December 3, 2012 8:15 AM - 10:45 AM

Location: Columbia 3 & 4

Session Description

For more than 25 years, Apple has provided new and innovative solutions for people with disabilities, allowing them to access - and enjoy using - the Mac, iPad, iPhone, iPod, and Apple TV.  During this session, we will be exploring the many ways Apple has implemented accessibility features into its hardware and software offerings. We will also examine how the platform has allowed 3rd party developers to create some amazing apps with value to the special needs community. And we will hear real-world usage strategies for iPads in the special needs classroom.

Featured Presenter(s)

  • Mark Coppin, MS; Director of Assistive Technology: Anne Carlsen Center, Jamestown, ND and Apple Distinguished Educator
    Mark Coppin
    Mark was a classroom teacher until 1992 when he became Director of Assistive Technology and Director of IT. As Director of Assistive Technology, he coordinates the provision of assistive technology services for the Anne Carlsen Center in Jamestown, ND. He provides evaluations and consultation services throughout North Dakota. Coppin has attended and presented at state, regional, national and international conferences on such topics as technology and teaching, special education, assistive technology, iPad and iPod touch, and autism. He holds bachelor degrees in speech communications, special education and a Masters degree in Educational Media Design and Technology. Mark is also a certified ATP (Assistive Technology Practitioner) through RESNA. In 2009, Coppin was chosen as an Apple Distinguished educator. He currently serves on the advisory board for the Apple Distinguished Educator program. Coppin is certified through RESNA as an ATP (Assistive Technology Professional).
  • Sarah Herrlinger; Senior Manager, Special Markets: Apple Inc., Cupertino, CA
    Sarah Herrlinger is a Senior Marketing Manager in Apple's education division and eight year veteran of Apple Inc. After three years as a Senior Product Marketing Manager in Apple's consumer applications division, Sarah joined Apple's Education team to focus on Special Education and the use of Apple technology among diverse learners. In this role, Sarah collaborates with special education leaders to create resource materials such as the Apple Technology for Diverse Learners Guide, works with Apple product teams to encourage the continued effort to meet the needs of diverse learners, and can often be found delivering accessibility presentations at national and international conferences.