Successful Transition to College

AT, Accommodations and Advocacy

Presented by Diana Petschauer, M.Ed., ATP and Alyssa Marinaccio

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Southeastern Regional Education Service Center (SERESC)

Bedford NH 03110

(603) 206-6800,

Who Should Attend:

Special Educators, Educators, Paraprofessionals, High School & College Students, Parents, Case managers, Curriculum Coordinators, Student Services Coordinator, Special Education Directors, Counselors, Advisors, Disability Services Personnel, Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors, IT Directors, IT staff, Technology Integrators, Media Specialists, Educational Technology Specialists.

About the Workshop:

Transition from high school to college is a significant and critical time in a student's life and educational career. This informative, hands-on workshop will inform participants of process, strategies, technology and resources to help ensure that the transition is a successful one! Many students (and parents/ educators) are not aware of the various accommodations provided in college and how to access them. Learn about the different assistive technology & supportive accommodation options for students in high school and college. Free and low-cost/ high quality AT options versus paid AT options will be explored, utilized in group activities and demonstrated. Discuss the importance of self-advocacy and awareness skills, communication with professors and instructors, meeting with counselors, confidentiality, questions and paperwork involved. Learn the difference between high school and post-secondary laws for students with disabilities. We will discuss parent involvement and student independence as an adult, as well as parent and student rights in high school versus college. Knowledge on how to seek accommodations in college including: when to start; what to ask for, who to contact, and what documentation colleges require. Learn about the admission process versus the process for registering with the Disabilities Services Office on campus and how to access and use your accommodations. Information regarding the acquisition of accessible versions of textbooks will also be shared (as this differs from the high school process). Assistive technology and app options will be demonstrated and explored hands on including literacy support, math support, note taking support, executive function support (time management, scheduling and reminders, organization, planning), and support for sensory and physical disabilities, using various devices, tools and platforms. Campus wide resources such as math and writing support and specific tutoring & mentoring resources will be shared. Many resources will be shared for participants to refer back to and use immediately.


At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Identify and Discuss a Minimum of Seven Accommodations that are available to college students registered with disability services.
  • Discuss the difference between high school and college laws that support students with disabilities in accessing the educational environment.
  • Explore, utilize and identify a minimum of ten assistive technology options to support students with disabilities in the college setting, including support for online learning classes.
  • Discuss the difference regarding the parent role versus student role in college and identify strategies for self – advocacy while applying for accommodations and using them.


8:00: Check-In and Continental Breakfast

8:30: Intro, get to know the participants, Discuss Agenda, Break Into groups based on experience (Intermingle novice with intermediate), Start with Slideshow presentation.

9:30: Laws, Advocacy and Accommodations, Information and Discussion

Paperwork/ Forms, Role-Playing Activity for Advocacy

10:30: Break

10:45: AT! Let’s Dive In! Notetaking Options, Smart Pens, Apps, Extensions, Software, Low tech / Personal Accommodations

11:15: Google Chrome Apps, Extensions and Add-Ons! Research, Study Skills, Literacy, executive function, and Math Support. Group Activities.

12:00: Lunch at SERESC

1:00: (Finish up with Google Supports compared to software) Then, Apple/ iOS Accessibility Features and Apps for iPad and iPhone. Research, Study Skills, Literacy, executive function, and Math Support. Group Activities.

2:00: Free Web Resources and Tools/ Technologies

2:50: Conclusion, Discussion

3:00 Adjourn

About your Presenters

Diana Petschauer, M.Ed., ATP

Diana Petschauer, M.Ed., ATP is a RESNA certified Assistive Technology Professional, Consultant & founder of AT for Education,, and Diana has over 20 years of experience in Special Education & Assistive Technology, PreK-12, post-secondary & adult services. She presents and trains nationally & internationally. Diana is a faculty trainer for the Center on Technology and Disability ( as well as ATinNH at the UNH Institute on Disability. Previous to her business, Diana was the AT Specialist at UNH, supporting students transitioning to higher education with assistive technology and accommodations, as well as AT services on campus. Currently Diana works with transition specialists at schools as well as organizations such as independent living, vocational rehabilitation and advocacy groups. Diana manages her multi-disciplinary team of consultants who travel daily throughout New England to provide AT & AAC evaluations, training, professional development workshops & webinars, consultation & accessibility services for students and adults to access education, the workplace & community. Consultation and services regarding website accessibility testing/audits, 508 compliance and accessible design is also provided.

Alyssa Marinaccio, M.Ed, ATP

Alyssa Marinaccio, M.Ed, ATP is a RESNA certified ATP and the Assistive Technology Coordinator for the Office of Disability Services at the University of Connecticut, previously the AT coordinator at Keene State College, as well as a consultant for ATforED and A4E. Alyssa helps students to access post secondary education through the use of various Assistive Technologies. Alyssa developed KSC’s ‘AT Web Resource’, a website specifically designed to give high school/college students a place to start with free/low cost AT. This website has become an effective resource for institutions allowing students transitioning into college to hit the ground running with AT.

As a former student registered with disability services (LD, ADHD), Alyssa sets out to provide students with the AT services that she was never exposed to prior to and during her undergrad.

Alyssa presents and trains locally and nationally.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Check-in and continental breakfast starts at 8:00 am

Presentation starts at 8:30 am

Lunch at SERESC

Adjourn: 3:00 pm

Participants will receive a certificate of attendance for 5.5 contact hours

Cost: $225.00

Early Registration Discounted Cost: $195.00, if registered by May 11, 2017 ---Enter discount code: early*registration

Registration ends May 25, 2017

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SERESC Conference Center

29 Commerce Drive

Bedford, NH 03110


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