Xavier Hardin, a CASE student at Hometown in District 123 was recently honored at the annual Infinitec awards dinner at Gaelic Park. Hardin was the recipient of an assistive technology award from Infinitec.
“Xavier was the perfect candidate for this award. He and his team in the CASE classroom have worked so hard on growing his communication skills using augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) and he has really come so far. It’s been great to see,” said Janet Kennedy, AT specialist at District 123.
Xavier attended the dinner with his family and his nomination team of Colleen Kapelinski, Julie Carey, Amanda Dulaney, and Janet Kennedy. He was honored for his use of assistive technology in the classroom.
The goal of the Infinitec program is to celebrate the accomplishments of learners with disabilities who attend schools within the Infinitec Southwest Coalition area and who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in overcoming challenges and accomplishing personal goals using technology.
The committee reviewed the nominations and announced winners in January and recognized the winners in March of 2019.
Infinitec, which stands for infinite potential through technology, is the technology program of UCP Seguin of Greater Chicago. The mission of Infinitec is to advance independence and promote inclusive opportunities for children and adults with disabilities through technology. It is a member-based organization currently supporting school districts in Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, and Pennsylvania.
Infinitec offers four pillars of service:
(1) Training and Education includes face-to-face and distance learning for professional development.
(2) Information Services consists of extensive web and hard copy resources. An additional innovative resource is InfiniTEXT, an online, accessible instructional materials collection which provides access to over 11,000 digital text files for qualified K-12 students with print disabilities.
(3) Access to Expertise includes access to highly experienced technical assistance staff.
(4) Equipment Services includes discount purchase programs and a lending library of equipment for the state of Illinois.