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AAC in the Cloud - Highlighted Sessions

Highlights For the Week of Jun 17, 2024

The Meaning of Voice -- The Lived Experience of SGD Users
Kathy Howery
What is the meaning of voice in the life of a young person who speaks using a SGD? This presentation provides a glimpse into the lived experience of people who use speech generating devices, drawing upon their first hand accounts. “Giving voice”, both literally and metaphorically, will be explored.
AAC and the Transition to Adulthood
Kathryn Hellend
This presentations will run through steps, concerns, and consideration regarding students who will be transitioning from school-based services to adulthood. Adult vocabulary, funding, and resources will be considered.
What are Tangible Symbols? Use of these AAC Supports Across Settings
Emily Macklin
Learn what makes a "good" tangible symbol including considerations when making them that I have found to be successful. Demonstrating how this form of AAC can be powerful tool to provide access to AAC, not just in school, but also at home and how they can be used to facilitate and open doors for community interactions.

Highlights For the Week of Jun 10, 2024

Eye Gaze Access for Autistics
Saoirse Tilton
Eyegaze AAC is often primarily considered when a disability affects the use of hands, arms or multiple limbs! When thinking of eyegaze most people think of ALS, cerebral palsy or similar disabilities as they are well known for impacting motor and coordination! rarely if ever considered for autistics, however many autistic speak at length about the brain body disconnect where our bodies don't listen to our brains, this ranges from person to person but is widely discussed and well known in the autistic community, the brain body disconnect effect motor movements, speech coordination ect. However despite it being widely discussed by autistics. As well as Spoken a fair bit about by many non speaking autistics eyegaze still doesn't seem to be looked at as an AAC access method for autistics

Highlights For the Week of Jun 3, 2024

AAC and Heritage Language
Janet Callahan
A Heritage Language is a language that is not the dominant language, typically learned or used at home, by people who have cultural ties to that language. Through our family’s journey to achieving fluency and a working AAC device in an endangered language, this presentation will address common issues.
Fostering an AAC-affirming classroom
Cheri Dodge Chin
AAC users may be the only child in their classroom with a communication tool... but they don't need to feel alone! Learn strategies to affirm and celebrate AAC with peers and educational staff.
Literacy Connections -- Reading, Writing and AAC
Beth Poss & Kelly Fonner
For students AAC communicators, the development of literacy skills are essential to unrestricted access to ALL the words. Too often, Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening are taught in isolation. In this session, participants learn ways to connect and integrate reading, writing and language into instructional routines across the student day.

Highlights For the Week of May 27, 2024

Overcoming Barriers to Communication
Jill Senner/Matt Baud/Shelley Harris
Providing successful home, school, and community communication experiences for individuals who use augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) can be challenging, particularly in environments that do not easily allow for use of high-tech AAC systems. This webinar will provide participants with an overview of innovative strategies collaboratively developed by family members and therapists to overcome environmental and positional barriers to communication. This "show and tell" will highlight some of the creative adaptations that have allowed children and young adults to communicate in bed, in the shower, horseback riding, swimming, and more!
Implementing Dasher for the First Time in an AAC App
Brad Jordan
Dasher is a fluid, continuous gesture text entry system implemented for the first time in an AAC app in Predictable, as an access method. It is accessible via direct touch, as well as head and eye tracking, and features a letter prediction engine.
¡¡Encuentra el tesoro!! Recursos y estrategias para alfabetización emergente en español
Claudia Marimón R. & María Soledad Cuesta G.
La evidencia confirma que las personas con Complejas Necesidades de Comunicación necesitan aprender a leer y escribir. La búsqueda y creación de materiales y recursos para apoyar la alfabetización integral de lectores y escritores emergentes, nos invita a compartir recursos para las necesidades de estudiantes y adaptadas a español.

Highlights For the Week of May 20, 2024

Fostering Independence of AAC Users in ALL Areas of Life
I am going to look at home, school, community, friends and special events and how the user can be as independent as possible with the support of others.
Plain Language for AAC -- What It Is and Why It Matters
Donnie TC Denome
Plain language is a type of writing that uses clear, simple words and sentences. Plain language can help people understand a piece of text better. You should use plain language when writing and talking about AAC. This presentation will teach you the basics of writing in plain language. This presentation will talk about how to write about AAC in plain language.

Highlights For the Week of May 13, 2024

Using Eye-Tracking to Access Predictable
Gabrielle Flahault
Predictable is a text-to-speech app designed for people who are literate but don't have the ability to speak. In 2020, we introduced three innovative access methods relying on Apple technology. This year, we worked with Irisbond and integrated the first iOS eye-tracking solution!
Giving CoughDrop a Second Look - What You Haven't Seen CoughDrop Do Before
Brian Whitmer
CoughDrop has added some great new features over the last 18 months, all focused around helping communicators and their support teams be more successful. Check out what we've done around goals, modeling support, messaging, integrations, etc.!
Pretend Play Power -- Integrating Literacy Modalities & Tools
Kelly Fonner & Donna McNear
Pretend play is critical to many areas of child development, including communication, language and literacy learning. There are essential benefits to launching emergent literacy learning during pretend play routines. Join us as we share materials, adaptations, tools, and supporting research on the potential of developing early literacy through pretend play.

Highlights For the Week of May 6, 2024

Helping Patients Preserve Their Vocal Legacy
Elisabeth Nuboer
This session is geared mainly toward clinicians
Communication in the Community
Sarah Weber
Community based instruction is an essential piece of today’s life skills curriculums. Unfortunately, supporting students who use AAC in the community setting can be a difficult and daunting process. This presentation aims to provide resources and support to help professionals provide the best possible services to the individuals they serve.
AAC is Everything, Everything is AAC -- Why Guided Access & Other Methods of Locking Tablets Remove Autonomy
To many, there's AAC apps for communication, and other devices for everything else. But, we use other apps (on the same device!) for communication, and AAC as non-communication assistive tech. The lines between AAC and everything else are fuzzy. Denying this, and locking us into one app is harmful.

Highlights For the Week of Apr 29, 2024

Putting the other "A" in AAC: The Augmentative Part
Anne Page
In the world of AAC (Augmentative Alternative Communication), we tend to really focus on the alternative piece. As an SLP working in the public schools, I work with a lot of students who are partially verbal. That is they are speaking words but it might just be one or two word sentences or telegraphic speech. Oftentimes these students really benefit from the structure of a low tech communication board to give their sentences correct grammatical structure and by having a multi-sensory method of expressing themselves. This presentation will give you some tips and ideas for ways you can help your students "augment" their communication.
Communication and Literacy in the Secondary Special Education Classroom -- It CAN Be Done!
Laura Taylor
This presentation will detail the introduction of literacy and communication to a classroom of four young men with autism and a history of ineffective education. “Never too old to start” is a motto that rings true in the classroom that had one year to prove that intensive teaching works.

Highlights For the Week of Apr 22, 2024

AAC and Verbal Individuals: How AAC Impacted Our Lives
Chloe Rothschild & Lydia Wayman
My friend Lydia Wayman and I both have a diagnosis of autism. We are both verbal; AND we are both AAC users! We use AAC to supplement our verbal communication. Come hear us talk about how we use AAC to help us; even though we are verbal.
All Hands On Deck for Touch Access
Kristen Powell & Mary Katherine Dally
Calling all hands-on deck for touch access! There is so much to consider and explore for clients who use touch access. This session is led by two assistive technology consultants and speech-language pathologists ( SLPs) to review ways to encourage touch access, low-tech to high-tech device modifications and DIY ideas to trial touch access methods with your students. One small change can make a big difference when using touch access. Get ready for this hands-on course and leave with a touch access resource guide for editing tips, checklists and trial ideas.

Highlights For the Week of Apr 15, 2024

AAC in the Classroom...for the teacher
Alyssa Hillary
“AAC in the classroom” usually means AAC for students. Sometimes, however, it's the teacher who needs AAC! I'll be talking about AAC in the workplace, specifically the classroom as a workplace, based on both my experience and that of other teachers I know of. Practical tips incoming!
Feature Matching in the AAC Assessment
Katie Threlkeld
Feature-matching in AAC assessment is a crucial component of the assessment process but can be intimidating! Feature-matching is completed by looking at an individual’s skills and needs to determine the most appropriate AAC system features (ASHA, n.d.). Learn more in this recorded webinar!

Highlights For the Week of Apr 8, 2024

Free AAC Resources for Buy-in and Communication Growth
Melissa DeMoux
Let's explore some of the great materials, websites, supplies, and assets that can be accessed for FREE to help support AAC communicators and teams.

Highlights For the Week of Apr 1, 2024

Visual Impairments & AAC -- Case Study and Discussion of Tips & Device Adaptations
Naomi Herman & Stefanie Olson
Join Naomi and Stefanie as Naomi discusses what she has learned as a part-time AAC user with vision impairments, and Stefanie shares device modifications she has made with young AAC users with vision impairments. Participants will receive access to resources related to AAC and vision impairments.

Highlights For the Week of Mar 25, 2024

Switch Adapting Toys is Easy!
Corinne Dicpinigaitis
Who am I? What are switch adapted toys? Overview of switch adapted toys. Live tutorial. What is Jericho adapts toys and how to start your own organization!
My AAC is Part of My Gender Presentation
Tuttleturtle (Stephanie)
When setting up AAC, considering disability is normal. But, identity is complex, more than just our disabilities, and our assistive tech is a part of us. It needs to support the whole person. We’ll discuss using AAC as a trans, disabled person and some considerations as they customize their device.

Highlights For the Week of Mar 18, 2024

Strategies to Increase AAC Modeling in the Classroom
Deidre Dobbels & Kelly Key
A nationwide survey of general and special education teachers (pre-k – high school) identified perceived barriers in being able to provide partner aided language in the classroom setting. The results of this survey will be shared with participants along with practical solutions to overcome these obstacles, and provide educators with the tools and confidence they need to speak AAC.

Highlights For the Week of Mar 11, 2024

Taking My AAC Into Adulthood
Cristian Rosas
In this session, Cristian will share his experiences starting an adult day program with all new staff, moving into a new house with all new caregivers, and changing to new health providers as an adult. Cristian will share the communication aids and materials that were developed for these transitions.
10 Ideas for AAC Virtual Modeling
Anne Page
Anne shares 10 great ways to incorporate modeling & support into virtual connections with AAC users.
Empowering Paraprofessionals to support AAC Usage
Josey Kahn, Jennifer Cook, Tristan Dick
One of the toughest jobs in special education is that of a paraprofessional. Paraprofessionals play vital roles in guiding/supporting our students, especially those who are utilizing AAC. Hear directly from three experienced paraprofessionals as they share their perspectives in working with elementary students who utilize AAC.
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