Special Education…An FETC Panel Discussion on Equity and Inclusion

An FETC Panel discussion on equity and inclusion…We’ll be talking Assistive Technology etc with a group of educators  that includes  experts Chris Bugaj of Loudon VA, Kindy Segovia of Kent ISD  in MI and Mia Laudato & Robin Williams of FDLRS Action resource Center. Listen to the panel discussion here.


Featured FETC presenters:

Christopher Bugaj

Inclusive Design Coach, Author
Loudoun County Public Schools

Christopher R. Bugaj is a founding member the Assistive Technology Team for Loudoun County Public Schools. Chris is the co-author of The Practical (and Fun) Guide to Assistive Technology in Public Schools published by the International Society on Technology in Education. Chris hosts The A.T.TIPSCAST (http://attipscast.com); a multi-award winning podcast featuring strategies to design educational experiences. Chris is the author of ATEval2Go (http://bit.ly/ateval2go), an app for iPad that helps professionals perform technology assessments. Chris has presented over 250 sessions at local, regional, state, national and international events, including TEDx, each listed at http://bit.ly/bugajpresentations. His latest book The New Assistive Tech: Making Learning Awesome For All (http://bit.ly/thenewat4all), also published by ISTE, is available for order now!



Kindy Segovia

Assistive Technology Supervisor
Kent Intermediate School District (Mich.)

Kindy Segovia, OTR, is currently the Assistive Technology Supervisor at Kent Intermediate School District, and an adjunct professor at Grand Valley State University, in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She has over 30 years of experience in pediatric intervention, special education, assistive technology implementation, and training and assisting educators with classroom-based technology integration. She provides educational instruction and coaching for teachers, parents and administrators with a focus on adapting curriculum, classroom accommodations, accessibility and integrating technology into instruction. She is the recipient of the 2017 MACUL Digital Leadership Award, and the Region 1 Special Educator of the Year Award. She is a lifelong learner, always looking for new tools, strategies, activities and ideas to engage other learners!



Mia Laudato

Technology Resource Specialist
FDLRS Action Resource Center

Mia Laudato received her MSEd in Exceptional Student Education specializing in Learning Disabilities and Emotional Behavioral Disorders from the University of Miami. She continued her learning at the University of Central Florida and the University of Florida receiving an Autism Endorsement and Pre-K ESE certificate. She has taught students from Pre-K through college in inclusive and separate classroom settings. Her love of teaching students with ASD and passion for using assistive technologies to create successful learners, contributed to her being recognized by Orange County as a district top five finalist for Teacher of the Year 2016. At FLDRS Action she provides professional development on instructional and assistive technology for teachers in 5 Florida Districts.



Robin Williams

Human Resource Development Specialist- BCBA
FDLRS Action Resource Center

Robin currently works as a Professional Developer with FDLRS and has developed a variety of trainings focused on Applied Behavior Analysis for teachers, parents and staff who support children with disabilities. Robin earned her B.S. in Psychology at UCF and her M.S. in Exceptional Education at FSU. She began her career as a Mental Health Specialist for Leon County Public Schools, where she provided technical assistance and coaching to all preschool educators. Robin taught with Orange County Public Schools as a Pre-K Varying Exceptionalities teacher and continued to work as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). She has 18+ years of experience working with children and adults with severe developmental disabilities.