Among the many wonderful events at the 2016 ISAAC Biennial Conference was a film festival highlighting the use of AAC around the world. Submissions from around the world centered on the theme of Changing Lives and were entered in the categories of leadership, inspiration, and education. Here is a compilation of the Film Festival videos from around the world. Enjoy! Israel: AAC-Singing About It by Rachel Blum and Tenenbaum Canada: More Than a Voice by Bocar N’Dyaie Sweden: Andreas Speaks Bliss by Anna Stromberg Qatar: Share and Believe by Qatar Assistive Technology Center Canada: 21 Days of Silence by Fiona Campbell Canada: Joseph Never Shuts Up by Kevin Vieira and Joseph Spahn-Vieira Canada: The AAC Zone by Chelsea Hagen Taiwan: Learn from Love by Fu-Hua Chang Russia: Colours for Life by Irina Tekoskaya Canada: A New Hope by Lorenzo Minelli and David Crew Canada: What?!! Are You Deaf? by Helene... [Read More...]
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It was so wonderful to meet and learn from so many colleagues and families at the 2016 ISAAC Biennial Conference last week. What an amazing experience to participate in an AAC event withcolleagues from 40 countries! ISAAC 2016 really was the world’s AAC conference. There was an active Twitter thread with a running account of the activities in sessions, social events, and the exhibit hall (see tweets from #ISAAC2016 here). The opening ceremonies started off strong with Vic Valentic’s performance (using AAC) of “I’ve Got a Lot to Say,” a song written by Vivian Butch. You can learn more about their collaboration and see an earlier performance of that song here. Keynote speaker John Draper, founder of Together We Rock, then gave a funny, engaging talk that addressed the contributions of clinicians, educators, researchers, and technologists alike. I was honored to be invited to present two pre-conference sessions on Day 1... [Read More...]
There were so many excellent presentations at the ISAAC 2014 Biennial Conference, it was impossible to get to all of them. Luckily, some of the presenters graciously made their handouts available online. Here are five of our favorites. Getting the Words Out by Deanna Wagner, Caroline Musselwhite, and Martine Smith Communication Partner Instruction for AAC Interactions: A Lifespan Approach by Laura Ball, Cathy Binger, Susan Fager, Joanne Lasker, and Jennifer Kent-Walsh Talking about Emotions Using Culturally Sensitive AAC by Ji Young Na, Sarah Blackstone, and Krista Wilkinson Access is the KEY to AAC: The Role of OT by Susanne Russell and Jennifer Buxton Communicative Competence for Individuals Who Require AAC: Revising the Definition and Strategies by Janice Light and David McNaughton
Today we wrap up the ISAAC 2014 Biennial Conference, where people who use AAC and people who support them through research, teaching, and direct services came together for one purpose: sharing. Yesterday, I had the privilege of presenting a 2-hour session with Dr. Gloria Soto from San Francisco State University. You can download our handout here or in the AAC e-Toolbox.
ISAAC 2014 is going strong! I had the pleasure of presenting a case study with Levi and Linda Parras. Levi told his story of recovering from a brain herniation at age 16. You can see your handout here or in the AAC eToolbox.
Welcome to ISAAC 2014! I know many of you wish you could be here in Lisbon learning along with me from the world’s top AAC researchers, practitioners, families, and consumers. What an exciting place to be! For those of you unable to make the trip, I encourage you to start planning and saving your pennies for the next ISAAC conference in 2016. In the meantime, I’ll try to do some sharing here to give you a peek at all of the AAC goodness happening here in Lisbon this week. My highlight so far was presenting with Jane Farrall. Both of us have a passion for teaching literacy to people with AAC needs, but in this presentation, our focus was on using literacy experiences to teach communication skills. You can check out our handout below or in the AAC eToolbox.
This week’s video features a presentation by Lisa Lehman, winner of the 2012 ISAAC-Words+ Outstanding Consumer Lecture Award. Presented in Pittsburgh at ISAAC’s Biennial Conference last summer, Lisa addresses the topic of intimacy in the human experience.
In past posts, we shared links to some handouts from the ISAAC 2012 Biennial Conference in Pittsburgh. While it is great for those of us who attended but couldn’t get to every presenter we wanted to hear, the main idea was to help spread the awesome content to those of you who couldn’t be there. Here are some others that may be of interest. Creating a Core Vocabulary for a Common Core Curriculum by Karen Erickson, Penelope Hatch, Allison Dennis, & Marlene Cummings Baby Talk/Kid Talk PWUAAC Talk to Little Ones! by Krista Howard, Kaitlyn Graham, & Caroline Musselwhite Evaluating Preferred Augmentative and Alternative Communication Strategies for Patients in Long Term Health Care Hospitals by Susan Fager, Jenna LeDoux, & David Beukelman Prompting: A Cautionary Tale of Use, Misuse & Abuse by Jane Korsten & Terry Foss Supporting Linguistic Skills Through iDevices: Cool Tricks with New Applications by Caroline Musselwhite,... [Read More...]
By tradition, we post an AAC-related video on Sundays. Today, we’re thinking that it’s time for a song, and those who attended ISAAC 2012 know that there’s nothing like the songs sung using AAC. This video features an adaptation of a classic folk song, If I Had a Hammer, performed by the talented Snoopi Botten. Direct Link to Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XG0kXjXu2Yo
It seems like only last week that I was enjoying ISAAC 2012, spending time with friends, and attending AAC sessions. Here are some links to handouts for a few of the sessions. 1. Sarah Blackstone and many others: Effective Patient Provider Communication: The Expanding Role of our Professions 2. Jane Farrall: What’s APPropriate: AAC Apps for iPhones, iPads and other devices 3. Melanie Fried-Oken: A Comparison of Communication Board Use for Conversations in Primary Progressive Aphasia and Alzheimer’s Disease 4. Janice Light and her colleagues: Eﬀects of AAC Systems with “Just in Time” Programming For Children with Complex Communication Needs 5. Janice Light & David McNaughton: Evidence-based Literacy Intervention for Individuals with Autism who Require AAC