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NEW! Updated PEIMS Memo (12/2013)
Is now available in the AT Resources home page.
Conference Registration is Open!
Texas Assistive Technology Network Statewide Conference
June 10-12, 2014, Region 4 ESC
Registration/Session ID = 999138
AT Internet Modules
Through a collaborative partnership with Ohio, Indiana and Michigan, TATN offers a wide range of new and engaging online modules for you to review. Click below for more information.
Assistive Technology Internet Modules (ATIM)
For further information on the TATN Statewide conference...
Kirk Behnke, Lead Facilitator - kbehnke@esc4.net or 713.744.6559
Welcome to TATN

Assistive technology enables students with disabilities to access the curriculum, increase independence and participate actively in education and life activities. Thank you for visiting our site today and we hope you find the resources you need to successfully include technology devices and services for your schools.

Texas AT Network Annual Conference 2014

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  NEWS UPDATE ....

  • Early bird registration is only $75 for participants (ended April 1, 2014)
  • Exhibiting booths are sold out (as of April 4, 2014)
  • 14 CEUs and other professional development credits are available
  • Click here to REGISTER as a participant

    For more information on our Annual Statewide Conference, go to www.texasatconference.net
    TATN Flyer with National/Featured Speakers & Presentations
    Webinar Series
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    Join us for a series of webinars related to assistive technology. These webinars will be conducted and broadcasted from 11 am - 12 noon (central) on the following date. All Webinars will be conducted online with chat interaction only (no voice connection). Webinars will be recorded and posted on this site after the event and when accessibility features are embedded.

    If you are having trouble with not hearing the audio, click here to view a trouble shooting guide.

    AIM in Action: Acquiring Accessible Instructional
    Materials (AIM) for all Students

    Date: March 26, 2014 Time: 11:00 a.m.– 12:00 (central)
    Link to access the recorded webinar -- http://bit.ly/AIMRecord
    National Center on (AIM) logoAll students need learning materials that are accessible and useful to them in order to participate and achieve in the general curriculum. Districts face many challenges in ensuring that not only print instructional materials but also digital materials are accessible.  Did you know that not all digital materials are accessible and that it is difficult or impossible to retrofit these materials to increase accessibility? Join us for a lively discussion about the issues, both at policy and practical levels. Hear about actions being taken nationally and in Texas to facilitate getting accessible learning materials into the hands of the students who need them.

    Presenters: 
    Joy Zabala, Ed.D., Director of Technical Assistance at CAST
    Diana Foster Carl, Independent Consultant and former Special Education Director, Region 4
    Kirk Behnke, Lead, Texas Assistive Technology Network


    Click here to download the handout
    Powerpoint PDF
    Click to access the recording
    Assistive Technology (AT) in Education: Funding
    Date: December 3, 2013 | Time: 11:00 a.m.– 12:00 noon | Fee: $0 |
    Picture of a bag with a money sign dollarFunding sources are expanding and are becoming more supportive of the integration of AT into their realm of program responsibility.  What are these sources, their priorities and requirements for documentation?  This session will address these questions and more with historical background and case studies.

    Presenter:
      Patricia R. Ourand, MS, CCC-SLP, Associated Speech & Language Services, Inc.

    Go to
    http://bitly.com/REC_Funding  to play the recording of this webinar on 12/3/2013.
    Powerpoint presentation/handout PDF
    For a text transcipt of this webinar, click here.
    Tablet Computers = Success for Struggling Students
    Picture of an array of computer tabletsPresented on September 17, 2013

    With the explosion of portable tablet based computers comes an exciting opportunity to meet the needs of our struggling students. But, not every tablet is right for every student’s needs. Join us as we discuss features of these mobile devices and how to match them to your student’s needs. Resources will be provided to continue the learning after the webinar.

    Go to
    http://bit.ly/Rec_Tablets to play the recorded session now.
    Accompanying content website is
    http://www.tablets4students.wikispaces.com

    For a transcript of this webinar, click on the desired format:
    Transcript (Text)
    Transcript (PDF)

    Webinar -- Top 10 Technology-related Issues in Special Education

    Picture of a World globe with computer laptops surrounding itFall, 2012 Presented by Teri E. Engler SRAGA HAUSER, LLC

    Part 1
    (recorded on September 25, 2012)
    Go to
    http://bit.ly/Qwc48v to review the recorded session.
    PDF presentation/handout Part 1
    Transcript for Part 1 (PDF version)
    Transcript Part 1 (text version)
    Part 2 (recorded on December 6, 2012)
    Go to
    http://bit.ly/122r8yg
    PDF presentation/handout Part 2
    Transcript Part 2 (PDF version)
    Transcript Part 2 (text version)
    PLEASE NOTE:  Be patient... these recorded webinars may take a few minutes to download.
    Mission
    Texas Assistive Technology Network (TATN) is working to ensure that students with disabilities receive assistive technology devices and services when needed to benefit from a free, appropriate public education. The TATN consists of representatives from each of the Texas Education Services Centers, and the Texas Education Agency (TEA). Region 4 Education Service Center (Region 4) in Houston, TX provides statewide leadership for the network. Through a comprehensive planning process, the TATN has developed a framework for statewide collaboration. Priorities in professional development and technical assistance focus on providing training, products and services that: - build district capacity in assistive technology knowledge and skills - promote strategies for building the literacy skills of all students, and - are aligned with statewide literacy initiatives.
    Texas Education Agency's (TEA) Leadership Functions
    Click below to review all Leadership Functions & projects which TEA supports. Education service centers (ESCs) provide state leadership for special education related functions. The ESCs listed next to the function are considered the Lead ESC. Each lead ESC is responsible for establishing and coordinating a 20-region network for their function. The purpose of the 20-region network is to ensure ongoing communication between ESCs about state-level needs assessment processes, planning, and implementing and evaluating statewide activities.
    TEA Leadership Functions and projects