Closing the Gap Annual Conference Attendees
OCTOBER 2-4, 2019
Closing the Gap Annual Conference Attendees

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

get inspired, be the change!

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 (AT) 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 start thinking differently about how to reach ALL students, how to infuse technology into learning, how to leverage AT strategies in all areas – then we begin to transform these areas and ultimately increase achievement and independence.

Plan now to join us for Closing The Gap 2019! Download brochure

Preconference Workshops
Monday and Tuesday,
September 30 – October 1, 2019

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.



2-Day RESNA ATP Fundamental Course
Monday and Tuesday,
September 30 – October 1, 2019

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.

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Wednesday, Thursday and Friday,
October 2-4, 2019

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. Make the most of hands-on learning opportunities and plan to bring your own device (BYOD). Handouts will be available onsite and online before and following the conference.



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. 


Keynote Address
Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Mark Coppin

Mark Coppin, M.Ed., ATP, Apple Distinguished Educator

Sady Paulson, Apple Distinguished Educator

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What participants have said

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.

~ Occupational Therapist

I’m overwhelmed, but enthusiastically so! Can’t wait to implement what I’ve learned.

~ University AT Coordinator

For me one of the best parts of the conference is meeting and collaborating with other professionals.”

~ AT Specialist

The conference offered excellent presentations –practical for actual application!

~ AT Specialist

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.”

~ Special Education Director

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!”

~ Occupational Therapist

Great presenters, very knowledgeable. Great resources!”

~ AT Facilitator

“It will take me until next September to implement all that I’ve learned!”

~ AT Facilitator