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MAIER PD: Using Technology to Support Students with Disabilities

February 13, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 3:30 pm


This Professional Development opportunity is a FREE event offered through a partnership between the Maine Autism Institute for Education and Research (MAIER) and the Washington County Consortium.

Speakers: Sarah Howorth, Ph.D., BCBA-D & Deborah Rooks-Ellis, Ph.D.

Sessions begin at 9am and end by 3:30pm.
begins at 8:30am. Lunch is the responsibility of participants.
University of Maine at Machias, Reynolds Center Conference Room.

Register online at our secure registration site. Registration closes one week prior to each event, so register early!
Late registrations will be considered if space is available.

Session Description: Using technology to support students with disabilities presents educators with many incredible resources and capabilities. It can also present some challenges. This session will cover many popular technology platforms (iPads, Chrome/ Chromebooks, etc.) and the wide selection of educational apps available for them. There will be multiple opportunities to share, collaborate, and explore new classroom resources. From the basics of built in accessibility features, dedicated apps, and eventually to cutting edge augmented reality and virtual reality tools, this session will explore ways to use a variety technology tools to address diverse learner needs in K-12 content areas and functional skills.

Contact hours are awarded free of charge. CEUs (.6) are available by contacting Deborah Rooks-Ellis at MAIER ( A two week notice and $20 processing fee is required for CEUs.

Speaker Bios:

Sarah K. Howorth is an assistant professor of special education for the University of Maine College of Education and Human Development. She is a part of the Maine Autism Institute of Education and Research (MAIER), president of Maine State Council for Exceptional Children, and President-Elect of CEC’s Innovations in Special Education Technology (ISET) division. Her research interests include virtual rehearsal of social communication skills for students with autism, assistive technology, augmented reality, positive behavior interventions and supports and improving employment and transition outcomes for individuals with autism and intellectual disabilities. Sarah is a board-certified behavior analyst and has 19 years of experience in special education. She has taught as a classroom teacher in Michigan, Pennsylvania, New York, and Shanghai (China). In 2015 she received the Herb Prehm Student Research Award from the Division of Autism and Developmental Disabilities.

Deborah L. Rooks-Ellis is currently an assistant professor of special education at the University of Maine College of Education and Human Development as well as director of the Maine Autism Institute for Education and Research. Deborah began her career at UMaine in 2009 after completing her Ph.D. at the University of Arizona. She has extensive experience in the field of education. She has worked as a first-grade teacher and a third-grade teacher as well as an itinerant teacher of the visually impaired. Her scholarship now focuses on children with an austism spectrum disorder, as well as personnel preparation.

For more information about MAIER Professional Development Series click here
Register online at our secure registration site.



February 13, 2020
9:00 am - 3:30 pm
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Maine Autism Institute for Education and Research
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University of Maine at Machias
Reynolds Center Conference Room
Machias, ME 04654 United States
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