AT Ambassadors Program

Showcase the leadership, self-advocacy, and technology skills of FCPS students with disabilities.

AT Ambassadors is a program in Assistive Technology Services that is intended to showcase the leadership, self-advocacy, and technology skills of FCPS students with disabilities. Our AT Ambassadors share their knowledge and ideas with teachers, students, parents, and members of the community.; serve as role models for other students who use assistive technology; and serve as resources for educators working with students with disabilities.

AT Ambassadors 

 

Hope

Hope uses a variety of assistive technology throughout her day.  She uses an iPad with Siri to complete her writing assignments, and with it, feels like she is more organized and carries a lot less “stuff.”  She loves using Google Drive and Google Classroom and hopes more teachers will integrate it soon. She enjoys sharing her experiences as a student with disabilities, in the hopes that she might help others be more aware and successful. At the end of ninth grade, Hope was accepted and attended the I’m Determined Conference for students.  At this conference she met new friends and learned a lot about preparing for her future and the different ways she can advocate for herself. Since then, she has given several talks about assistive technology, inclusion, and the importance of self-determination. She continues to participate in community theater and is hoping for her breakout role in a school production one day soon. Hope will be graduating soon and we wish her all the best in her future endeavors. We know she’ll continue to be an amazing ambassador!

Meet Hope

Speaking about I’m Determined at FCPS Super Transition Saturday

Keynote Speaker at the Real Assistive Technology for Everyone (RATE) Conference

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AT Ambassador, Hope

 

Andrew

Andrew uses a variety of technology tools to help him with his school work. He likes using different programs and trying out new ones.  He also likes to help other students learn how to use technology. Andrew has become very active in the theater program where he enjoys working with the stage and lighting crew. He also has been a manager for the basketball team. Andrew has presented at a variety of events with the AT Ambassadors, and has even played the role of AT mentor to fellow technology users. We are always impressed with Andrew and love having him as an AT Ambassador!

Meet Andrew

Andrew Answers Questions about AT
Read about Andrew in the Technology & Media Division of the Council for Exceptional Children May 2013 Connector

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AT Ambassador, Andrew

Sofia

Sofia integrates her iPad into her daily routine at school.  She primarily works within the Notability app to record and consolidate her work across classes.  The use of this technology allows her to integrate time saving strategies to get work done and organize her workload for easy access.  To get work done, she uses her keyboard and dictation functions.  To organize and take notes, she regularly uses the camera to take pictures of whiteboard notes and video tapes live examples.  Sofia always keeps her iPad close at hand.  It empowers her to capture more of her day's work and gives her more time to focus on the important stuff at school. Sofia presented her technical strategies to staff at her elementary school and joined the ATS exhibit at the 10th Annual Special Education Conference.She is a great advocate and is always looking forward to sharing her experiences with others.

Meet Sofia

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AT Ambassador, Sofia

Augie

Augie uses a communication device and head switches to communicate, and is a great advocate for himself and others. In his words, “I can understand everything and love to talk!”  He loves to get to know people, discussing hobbies, family, and life in general. In his free time, Augie enjoys hanging out with friends, cooking, eating, listening to music and watching movies. He also creates original art using his wheelchair. Augie has helped man the AT Ambassadors table at the annual Special Education Conference and has presented his story at the biannual R.A.T.E. (Real Assistive Technology for Everyone) Conference presented by Assistive Technology Services (ATS).

Meet Augie

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AT Ambassador, Augie

Dominic

Dominic likes talking to people about all kinds of things and playing sports. He plays lacrosse and basketball and also swims. He likes using computers and technology. He even made his own website! In his classes, Dominic uses computers to type and to help his spelling. He likes CoWriter because it helps him spell and it makes writing easier. He used to use regular CoWriter, but switched to using CoWriter Universal because he likes how you can use different subjects and there are more voices. Dominic is a leader in his school and he wants to help people with disabilities. We are very proud to have Dominic as an AT Ambassador!

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AT Ambassador, Dominic

Jordan

Jordan uses a variety of AT tools to help her do her school work, but also to help her compose songs and write plays. She takes theater classes and participates in Chorus and Theater, and hopes one day to be a famous singer and movie star. She says that if she didn’t have technology to help her with her work, she would “probably have a F in every class.” Using AT helps her do her work in a timely manner so that she has time to do things she enjoys outside of school, like hanging out with her friends. Or as she says, “be a human being, instead of always worrying about school work!” Jordan is indeed a great human being, and we’re thrilled to have her as an AT Ambassador!

Meet Jordan

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AT Ambassador, Jordan

Zoey

Zoey has been using many assistive technologies since elementary school.  She particularly enjoys reading books on Learning Ally which she says has improved her reading because she can follow along with the book and it helps her understand and stay focused.  Zoey loves to read now on her own! She uses programs on a laptop throughout the day which help her with writing, spelling and homework. Both her spelling and writing have improved. Zoey shares her technology successes with other students in hopes that they will start using more technology to help them with school.  In her free time Zoey likes comic books and seeing movies with her mom. She is also involved in an after school anime club. Zoey lives with her mom, dad, two cats and snake and she is excited that she will be going to high school in Casablanca.

Meet Zoey

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AT Ambassador, Zoey