Facilitating Autonomy: Optimizing Adaptive Technology Assessment and Support


Thursday, November 3


10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.


Michele Bromley


One thing that never fails to move the goalposts for optimum classroom access and inclusion is the consistent advent of new and improved adaptive technology for students with disabilities. While at a given point, human note takers may have been one of the only effective accommodations for an individual with a cognitive learning disability, low vision, or mobility impairment who encountered difficulty taking notes, smart pens have since emerged as a viable alternative. Since then, the smart pen has been augmented if not replaced by the arrival of audio recording and note taking applications that can be downloaded and run from a student’s personal mobile device. The possibilities are seemingly endless, and the hope is that by working with students, disability services professionals can optimize student success and access by promoting technical autonomy and introducing a tailored set of adaptive technology tools to each student based on their specific needs. The reality is that DSS professionals do not often have the time, the funding, or the expertise to accomplish these goals effectively. How can this level of support be achieved without an adaptive technology specialist on staff? The purpose of this presentation is to walk disability services professionals from both small and large institutions through the process of putting together a quick, straight-forward adaptive technology needs assessment and functioning, transferable tool kit of free and/or open source adaptive technology options for students with disabilities.

Learning Outcomes

  • Developing and implementing a comprehensive adaptive technology needs assessment
  • Creating and maintaining a working list of supported and available adaptive technology

Presenter Bio(s)

Michele Bromley is the Adaptive Technology Specialist and Alternative Formats Coordinator for the Disability Resource Center at Portland State University. She has worked in the field of disability services since January 2009 and in the Disability Resource Center at PSU since February 2014. Michele has designed and facilitated numerous digital accessibility trainings at PSU and presented on captioning, alternative format production, and accessible web design at past ORAHEAD conferences. Most recently, Michele’s proposal to present on adaptive technology implementation was accepted by AHEAD’s 2016 Accessible Media, Web and Technology Conference: Accessing Higher Ground.

Presentation Materials

Adaptive Technology Websites

Adaptive Technology Funding Resources