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.

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AT Ambassadors

 

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

Richie

Richie uses a variety of assistive technology in his day. Until recently, his favorite was CoWriter because it helps him spell words and he could use it to read back what he wrote. Recently, he learned about Learning Ally and now he loves reading all kinds of books with it. Richie loves technology in general and wants to grow up to work with computers. He can often be found helping his classmates with their computers or assistive technology tools. We are very excited to have Richie as an AT Ambassador!

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AT Ambassador, Richie

 

Nicole

Nicole is excited to join the AT ambassadors this year! She currently uses an iPad with the Verbally app to communicate at home, school, and out in the community. At her job site, Nicole works on all different kinds of projects, including a laser machine. You can often find her modeling and training peers on how to use it.  Nicole enjoys socializing with friends, coworkers, supervisors, and community members. She enjoys helping peers who are new to using communication devices, modeling how to use them to find one's own voice. Nicole loves listening to country music and is a huge fan of Taylor Swift. In her free time, Nicole participates in gymnastics. She likes meeting new people and making new friends. Nicole recently created a training video to show others how to use the Verbally app. We are thrilled to have Nicole as an AT ambassador!

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AT Ambassador, Nicole

 

Elle

Elle is the second AT Ambassador in her family. She likes using CoWriter because it makes her more independent and a "good writer."  She also likes Natural Reader, which helps her understand what she reads - especially tests. Elle says that technology helps her a lot with her school work. It makes reading and writing easier and she is excited to tell other kids about it. In her free time, she likes to play basketball. We are excited to have Elle as part of the AT Ambassador Family!

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AT Ambassador, Elle

 

Dorothy

Dorothy is excited to help teach other students how to use technology programs at her school. She uses tech tools for homework and for fun. In her classes, Dorothy uses Microsoft Word and Google Suite for Education. She also uses Learning Ally to read electronic books and Snap and Read when a website doesn’t have a built-in read aloud option. She likes CoWriter word prediction because it helps her spell independently, “instead of asking the teacher, so they can help the other kids.” Dorothy’s other interests include drawing, swimming, and completing math problems. She is not afraid to ask questions or propose solutions. We are thrilled to have Dorothy as an AT ambassador!

Meet Dorothy

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AT Ambassador, Dorothy

 

Dimitri

Dimitri uses Natural Reader, CoWriter and Google Voice Typing. He likes teaching people how to use technology. He plays basketball and likes hanging out at home. He loves to travel and went across the country with his family -  the hotels in Las Vegas were his favorite! He also likes fishing. Dimitri is excited about using technology in school and at home. We are proud to have him as an AT Ambassador!

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AT Ambassador, Dimitri

 

AT Ambassador Graduates

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