Assistive Technology in Special Education, Rehabilitation and Everyday Living
Conference Dates: October 2-4, 2019
Preconference Workshops: September 30 – October 1, 2019
Mystic Lake Center and Casino Hotel
Prior Lake, Minnesota
Join us at Closing The Gap and be part of a community of passionate and empowered teachers, therapists, clinicians, parents, end users and manufacturers – all emphatically working together to change lives with assistive technology
The Closing The Gap Conference is an opportunity to deepen your assistive technology knowledge and strengthen your implementation strategies. The conference week is designed to dig deeper into critical areas that have the power—when implemented strategically—to transform your classroom, your school, your district, your practice.
When you to start thinking differently about how to reach students; how to infuse technology into learning, how to leverage literacy strategies in all content areas and how to work toward ensuring all students are receiving an equitable, flexible education, we can begin to transform these areas, and ultimately increase student achievement and independence.
Plan now to join us for Closing The Gap 2019!
COME, NETWORK, LEARN Preconference workshops focus on assistive technology implementation and best practices. Each workshop is conducted by a nationally recognized leader in the field, providing in-depth professional skills necessary to successfully implement assistive technology in the lives of persons with disabilities.
Every year, Closing the Gap offers workshops that address state-of-the-art assistive technologies and demonstrate and teach best practices. Workshops range from introductory to advanced and cover many different topics.
Assistive Technology Professional (ATP) Certification
The ATP certification recognizes demonstrated competence in analyzing the needs of consumers with disabilities, assisting in the selection of appropriate assistive technology for the consumers’ needs, and providing training in the use of the selected devices.
Led by a RESNA authorized instructor and current ATP, this training seminar provides a comprehensive review of assistive technology concepts and industry best practices.
COME, NETWORK, LEARN! See the latest new and updated assistive technology products that are making a difference in the lives of individuals with disabilities. Visit with knowledgeable representatives who educate and inspire.
PRACTICAL AND EXPERT LED PRESENTATIONS will include one- and two-hour sessions and hands-on labs that describe and/or demonstrate successful applications of assistive technology for persons with disabilities. Handouts will be available onsite and online before and following the conference.
Presentations will be announced July 15, 2019.
Equity And the Power of a Dream
Mark Coppin, M.Ed., ATP and Apple Distinguished Educator
Sady Paulson, B.S., Independent Videographer and Apple Distinguished Educator
“Attending Closing The Gap was wonderful, eye-opening and inspiring. I would love to attend on an annual basis and I have recommended to all of my colleagues that they arrange for time when they can attend as well.”
“I’m overwhelmed, but enthusiastically so! Can’t wait to implement what I’ve learned.”
“For me one of the best parts of the conference is meeting and collaborating with other professionals.”
“The conference offered excellent presentations –practical for actual application!”
“The new venue is incredible! The facility is stunning and has wonderful accommodations! Continue conference at this new venue!”
“Our team attended as a group, and we’re already working together to purchase switches, applications and devices for the district.”
“I found this conference to very informative. I’m excited about all of the new things I learned at this conference and am looking forward to bringing a lot of new information back to my team!”
“Throughout my five days of learning at Closing The Gap, I have taken away many valuable tools and pieces of information for my practice and my students! We plan to send our entire team next year!”
“Closing The Gap 2018 was an incredible experience! My message to colleagues is to attend Closing The Gap for a life-changing experience!”
“Great presenters, very knowledgeable. Great resources!”
“It will take me until next September to implement all that I’ve learned!”