ADE Director's Communication Memo Form

Memo Number : COM-09-038

Date Created : 09/15/2008


Co-op Directors
other: All Principals
Special Ed Teachers
Vision Consultants
Vision Teachers
Related Services

Type of Memo: Informational
Response Required: Optional
Section:   Central Administration - Dr. Diana Julian, Deputy Commissioner
Special Ed Programs: Teleconferences on Productivity/Portability...for Blind/VI

Regulatory Authority:
20 U.S.C.A. 1400 et seq.

Contact Person:
Ms. Dawn Wilkinson. TCC, Easter Seals AR

Phone Number:


The Easter Seals Arkansas Technology and Curriculum Access Center (TCC), in collaboration with the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE), will be offering professional development in the form of two, two-hour teleconferences addressing the productivity and portability of notetakers and laptops for blind students during the Fall semester of the 2008-2009 school year. The teleconferences are intended for special education teachers, vision teachers, related services providers, paraprofessionals, and administrators. The goal of this in-service is to discuss the optimal technology setup to enhance educational opportunity and performance and address student productivity in classroom situations by providing attendees with an overview and comparison of the laptop and the notetaker. E-mail addresses will be required upon registration so that call-in information and handouts can be sent to facilitate the conference call. Questionnaires and evaluations will also be e-mailed to all teleconference attendees. (These MUST be completed before receipt of attendance certificate.) The cost of the teleconferences is $25 per site. Sites can have more than one person present.

For further information, contact Dawn Wilkinson, Assistive Technology Consultant with TCC at Easter Seals Arkansas by phone 501-227-3612, fax: 501-227-3601, toll-free: 877-533-3600, or e-mail, Registration materials are available on-line at or in the attachment. The Technology and Curriculum Access Center is a program operated by Easter Seals Arkansas in collaboration with the Arkansas Department of Education, Special Education Unit.


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