[Athen] Input? Adding an Assistive Technology Specialty to my
foreigntype at gmail.com
Wed Jun 24 00:02:21 PDT 2015
A valuable insight and suggestion, Dan. Thanks.
Accessibility & Adaptive Technology Consultant
The Foreign Type
On Jun 23, 2015 11:56 PM, "Dan Comden" <danc at uw.edu> wrote:
> Solid IT experience is lacking from many of the AT programs I've seen. I'd
> estimate that half of what I've done (at least) over the last decades has
> more to do with troubleshooting and understanding operating systems and
> networking as much as specific AT applications. Developing the ability to
> write and understand the basics of one or more simple scripting languages
> will serve an AT professional well throughout their career. Being able to
> know and use those IT skills also lets you get past first-tier support when
> seeking assistance from a vendor, increasing your ability to successfully
> resolve install issues with better efficiency.
> We are increasingly asked to assist in assessing IT accessibility in a
> variety of settings, most of which are now web-based. A good foundation of
> HTML knowledge will help in understanding and communicating accessibility
> problems with apps and sites.
> Many of us are in a unique (and really interesting) mix of doing tech,
> personal contact, and AT. The tech part often is neglected yet it's a vital
> part of our jobs. And for many campuses where the AT person is working
> within Student Services and not IT, being able to bridge that communication
> gap with local IT resources is a significant -- if not vital -- skill.
> -*- Dan
> On Sat, Jun 20, 2015 at 12:06 PM, Adam Kosakowski <kosakowskia at wcsu.edu>
>> Hello Everyone!
>> I have been working in our disability office part time for over a year
>> now and I have realized I have a knack and a love for Assistive
>> Technology! I have a Masters of Education, but now I want to augment it
>> with a specialty in Assistive Technology so I can one day have a better
>> chance of getting a full time Assistive Technology Specialist position. I
>> have been looking into post-graduate programs and it's all pretty confusing
>> to me, so I was hoping to get some input.
>> So far I've found:
>> 30 credit "Sixth Year" programs like this one:
>> 15 credit "Graduate Certificate" programs like this one:
>> and this ATACP program: http://tsengcollege.csun.edu/programs/ATAC
>> (This one is the quickest, so that's a huge plus)
>> Regardless of what program I complete, after I aim to sit for the ATP
>> exam through RESNA:
>> http://www.resna.org/certification/certification-directory.dot This I
>> already know for sure I want to do!
>> I guess my questions are: What sort of program would you suggest to get
>> the sort of position I want? What post-nominal letters should I aim for?
>> What did you do to get such cool positions?
>> Any input would be greatly appreciated!
>> Adam Kosakowski M.Ed.
>> Math Specialist and Assistive Technology Specialist, University Assistant
>> AccessAbility Services
>> Western Connecticut State University
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