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Inclusive Technology


Mission:  SIG INC is the Special Interest Group for Inclusive Education. The purpose is to share knowledge concerning specialized technology and effective practices for enhancing opportunities for students with disabilities. SIG INC promotes professional learning for educators as they strive to meet students’ diverse learning needs.

Links of Interest


  • Alt+Shift is a collaborative and impact focused organization advancing:The belief that every student is capable of learning and thriving in his/her educational environment
    • The belief that every student is capable of learning and thriving in his/her educational environment
    • Educator skills, knowledge and drive to improve learning.
    • Partnership to co-construct systems at all levels to benefit students
  • State Special Education Advisory Committee: Michigan’s Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) is the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) mandated state advisory panel to the State Board of Education and the Michigan Department of Education.The mission of the SEAC is to support opportunities for all students in Michigan and especially those with disabilities by gathering, sharing, and disseminating information with the public; advising the State Board of Education; and working with the Office of Special Education. MACUL has a delegate and alt delegate who participate and attend the monthly SEAC meetings.
  • Quality Indicators for Assistive Technology Services: The QIAT Community is a nationwide grassroots group that includes hundreds of individuals who provide input into the ongoing process of identifying, disseminating, and implementing a set of widely-applicable Quality Indicators for Assistive Technology Services in school settings.



2018 MACUL Conference
March 7 – 9, 2018

2018 MACUL ConferenceThis is the 42nd annual conference at the DeVos Place in Grand Rapids, MI.

Technology to Support Your Educational Teams: A Roadmap
March 7 from 8:30 am – 12:00 pm
Speaker(s): Kindy Segovia, Assistive Technology Coordinator, Kent ISD

We all know the buzzwords – collaboration, teamwork, co-teaching, cooperative learning. We are told that technology will make these easier, our work more efficient and our students more productive. But does it really? And with so many technologies available, how do navigate?

Join us to learn about and explore which tools and strategies our educators are using to harness the diverse expertise of each team member and cultivate creative solutions that address diverse learning needs. We will explore technology tools that support not only struggling students, but ALL students to increase outcomes and efficiency.

From Google tools, Open Education Resources, sharing platforms, digital assessment options and more, leave with practical strategies you – and your team – can use to navigate the winding road of technology options!

The Nuts and Bolts of Supporting the Student with Autism Spectrum Disorder in the General Education Classroom
March 7 from 1:00 – 4:30 pm
Speaker(s): Kindy Segovia, Assistive Technology Coordinator, Kent ISD

General education classrooms face new challenges as they support increasing numbers of students with Autism Spectrum Disorder. While there is not a “one-size-fits-all” strategy, targeted technology supports can eliminate many educational barriers and foster success. Many strategies and practices for students with autism can be easily integrated into the general education classroom, and can benefit typically developing students in the process.

This hands-on session will focus on practical, free and low-cost strategies for organizing the classroom structure and environment, promoting positive social and behavioral participation, supporting language and interaction, and providing accessible and engaging instructional materials.

Learn about and try technology that students can use to access the curriculum and demonstrate understanding. Leave with ready-to-implement ideas and approaches! Join us for the “nuts and bolts” you need!

Space is limited for the pre-cons, so be sure to register early! They are not included in the conference package and must be registered for separately.

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Archived Webinars

  • Using Dragon Naturally Speaking: The Basics in Using Voice Recognition (From May 12, 2014) with Doug Kish – Teacher Consultant – Utica Community Schools

Voice recognition is growing to become a big part of our daily lives. In schools, teachers and parents are wondering if this is an appropriate tool to support students with difficulties in writing. This webinar will explore the basic skills for using voice recognition with your students. We will explore the skills needed to determine if a student is a good candidate for this technology and what strategies to apply it in their academic growth.

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  • Tell Your Story (From November 20, 2013) with Gayle Underwood Technology Integration Consultant Allegan AESA

Educators need to tell their stories, because other people are telling it and they are getting it wrong! We will discuss Jamie Vollmer’s 4 points for educators: shifting our attention to the positive, stop badmouthing one another in public, sharing positive stories with your personal network and monitoring our progress as well as what tools (tech and no tech) we can use to Tell Our Story!

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  • iPad: Video and Videography in the Special Needs  Classroom?  (From May 30, 2013) with Mark Coppin Director of Assistive Technology, Anne Carlsen Center

Video is an excellent  method to support learning for students with diverse learning needs. Videos captured on the iPad and iPhone can be used for documentation, video modeling, training, motivation and creativity. Participants in this session will see how to shoot, edit, and share video on an iPad or iPhone. We will discuss and explore examples of how video is used in the classroom. We’ll also look at different apps for capturing, editing, and sharing videos.

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  • Can My Students With Special Needs Use an iPad? (From Feb 12, 2013) with Gayle Underwood, Technology Integration Consultant, Allegan AESA

There are 100s of apps that are great for students who need specialized instruction…but where do you start? Come to this presentation and learn exactly where to start to find apps that are appropriate for your students. Websites and lists will be provided as well as some favorites shown. Cases, mounting system, and ways for teachers to do their paper work’ on an iPad will be demonstrated as well.

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  • Cool Tools: Augmenting Text/Digital Text (From Dec 4, 2012) with Susan Hardin, AT Consultant Macomb ISD and SIGSPED Communications Officer

This webinar will cover strategies and tools to support struggling readers. We’ll  explore where to find digital text and how to use it to support reading decoding, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension. We’ll also share places to find free software, tools and apps you can use with your students to help them succeed with complex text.

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  • All the Write Apps(From Sept 26, 2012) with Rose McKenzie, AT Consultant Jackson ISD and SIGSPED Director

The task of writing can challenge learners on many different levels, from forming letters to writing reports to taking notes. With thousands of apps to choose from, finding the right app to support students in their written work can be overwhelming. Come to this session for a review of apps that put the unique capabilities of the iPad to work assisting writers with their diverse writing needs.

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