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le='font-family:"Cambria","serif";color:#002060'>Regional and district trainings will be scheduled as follow-up, as well as webinars for professional development. We are also continuing to provide FREE</span><span style='font-family:"Cambria","serif";color:#1F497D'> </span><span style='font-family:"Cambria","serif";color:#002060'>hands-on training and workshops for educators to use Bookshare</span><span style='font-family:"Cambria","serif";color:#1F497D'> </span><span style='font-family:"Cambria","serif";color:#002060'>and Overdrive.</span><span style='font-family:"Cambria","serif";color:#1F497D'> </span><span style='font-family:"Cambria","serif";color:#002060'>Please contact Diana Petschauer for further information regarding training, at <a href="mailto:DP.ATSpecialist@gmail.com" target="_blank">DP.ATSpecialist@gmail.com</a></span><o:p></o:p></p><p class=MsoNormal style='mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto'><span style='font-family:"Cambria","serif";color:#002060'>This is a very exciting opportunity for NH schools! Please be aware of all emails sent to you via NH audiobooks in the next few weeks, as we will be announcing the state-wide</span><span style='font-family:"Cambria","serif";color:#1F497D'> </span><span style='font-family:"Cambria","serif";color:#002060'>training and asking you to register. </span><o:p></o:p></p><p class=MsoNormal style='mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto'><span style='font-family:"Cambria","serif";color:#002060'>We look forward to assisting your districts and appreciate your collaboration!</span><o:p></o:p></p><p class=MsoNormal style='mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto'><span style='font-family:"Cambria","serif";color:#002060'>Kind Regards,</span><o:p></o:p></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-family:"Cambria","serif";color:#002060'>Diana Petschauer</span><o:p></o:p></p><p class=MsoNormal><i><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Script MT Bold";color:#002060'>Diana Petschauer</span></i><i><span style='font-size:10.0pt;color:#002060'>,M.Ed., ATP</span></i><o:p></o:p></p><p class=MsoNormal><i><span style='font-size:10.0pt;color:#002060'>Assistive Technology Professional<b>, RESNA certified<br></b></span></i><b><i><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Bookman Old Style","serif";color:#002060'><a href="http://assistivetechnologyforeducation.com/assessments-workshops-services/" target="_blank">Assistive Technology for Education,LLC</a></span></i></b><o:p></o:p></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:10.0pt;color:#002060'>P.O. Box 1652 Alton, NH 03809</span><o:p></o:p></p><p class=MsoNormal><b><span style='font-size:10.0pt;color:#002060'><a href="tel:%28603%29%20998-4980" target="_blank">(603) 998-4980</a></span></b><o:p></o:p></p><p class=MsoNormal><b><u><span style='font-size:10.0pt;color:#002060'><a href="http://www.education.nh.gov/instruction/special_ed/nhaim.htm" target="_blank">NHAIM</a></span></u></b><b><span style='font-size:10.0pt;color:#002060'> (</span></b><span style='font-size:10.0pt;color:#002060'>Accessible Instructional Materials program)</span><o:p></o:p></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:10.0pt;color:#002060'>NH Audiobooks Provider</span><o:p></o:p></p><p class=MsoNormal><u><span style='font-size:10.0pt;color:#002060'><a href="http://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=120243126&amp;trk=tab_pro" target="_blank">LinkedIn Profile</a></span></u><o:p></o:p></p><p class=MsoNormal><b><span style='font-size:10.0pt;color:#002060'>&quot;There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it's going to be a butterfly</span></b><span style='font-size:10.0pt;color:#002060'>.&quot;~R. Buckminster Fuller</span><o:p></o:p></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Trebuchet MS","sans-serif";color:#0F243E'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p><div style='mso-element:para-border-div;border:none;border-bottom:solid windowtext 1.0pt;padding:0in 0in 0in 0in'><p class=MsoNormal style='border:none;padding:0in'><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Trebuchet MS","sans-serif";color:#0F243E'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p></div><p class=MsoNormal><b><span style='font-size:8.0pt;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif";color:#5F497A'>ETNews</span></b><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Trebuchet MS","sans-serif";color:#0F243E'> </span><span style='font-size:8.0pt;font-family:"Trebuchet MS","sans-serif";color:#0F243E'>is a service of the</span><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Trebuchet MS","sans-serif";color:#0F243E'> </span><b><span style='font-size:8.0pt;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif";color:#5F497A'>Office of Educational Technology</span></b><b><span style='font-size:8.0pt;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif";color:#632423'>&nbsp; <o:p></o:p></span></b></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:8.0pt;font-family:"Trebuchet MS","sans-serif";color:#404040'>NH Department of Education&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 101 Pleasant Street&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Concord, NH&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 03301<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><i><span style='font-size:8.0pt;font-family:"Trebuchet MS","sans-serif";color:#404040'>For more information, contact <o:p></o:p></span></i></p><p class=MsoNormal><b><span style='font-size:8.0pt;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif";color:#5F497A'>Stan Freeda<o:p></o:p></span></b></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:8.0pt;font-family:"Trebuchet MS","sans-serif";color:#404040'>603.271.5132&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span><span style='font-size:8.0pt;font-family:"Trebuchet MS","sans-serif";color:navy'><a href="mailto:sfreeda@ed.state.nh.us"><span style='color:blue'>Stanley.Freeda@doe.nh.gov</span></a>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://www.education.nh.gov/instruction/ed_tech/index.htm"><span style='color:blue'>www.education.nh.gov/instruction/ed_tech/</span></a>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://www.opennh.org/"><span style='color:blue'>www.opennh.org</span></a>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nheon.org/"><span style='color:blue'>www.nheon.org</span></a>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:8.0pt;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif";color:#4F6228'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:8.0pt;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif";color:#5F497A'>&#8220;The need to know the capital of Florida died when my phone learned the answer.&#8221; <i>~ Anthony Chivetta, high school student in Missouri</i></span><span style='font-size:8.0pt;font-family:"Times New Roman","serif";color:#5F497A'><o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><i><span style='font-size:8.0pt;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif";color:#E36C0A'>The contents of this message are confidential. Any unauthorized disclosure, reproduction, use or dissemination (either whole or in part) is prohibited. If you are not the intended recipient of this message, please notify the sender immediately and delete the message and any attachments from your system. </span></i><span style='font-size:8.0pt;color:#E36C0A'><o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p></div></body></html>