Video of the Week: Funding for AAC

June 22, 2022 by - Leave your thoughts


Video of the Week: Funding for AAC

How are AAC devices paid for? Who is eligible for funding for speech-generating devices? What is the process of obtaining funding to purchase AAC equipment? How can we get started? AAC SLP Carolyn Buchanan, clinical instructor at the University of Central Florida and Regional Coordinator of the FAAST Atlantic Regional Demonstration Center, answers those questions and more in today’s featured video.  Many thanks to Carolyn and FAAST for this helpful information.   Direct Link to Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qL7iUoiXgog&ab_channel=FAAST%2CInc . 

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Video of the Week: Communication Access to Justice

June 8, 2022 by - Leave your thoughts


Video of the Week: Communication Access to Justice

Learn about the ways that Canada promotes access to justice through the use of Communication Intermediaries (CIs) for individuals with AAC needs and other communication disabilities. In today’s featured video, SLP Caitlin Buchel explains the way that trained CIs to provide accommodations and other supports within the legal, police, corrections, and justice services in Canadian society. Many thanks to Caitlin, Communication Access to Justice (CAJust), Communication Disabilities Access Canada (CDAC), ISAAC Canada, and ISAAC International for their role in supporting this important work and making the webinar recording available to us all. There is a lot for us all to learn from this archived presentation, AAC friends. Direct Link to Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2-kE1UNisF8&t=4s&ab_channel=InternationalSocietyforAugmentativeandAlternativeCommunication%28ISAAC%29 

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Video of the Week: Empowered Families in the World of AAC

May 25, 2022 by - Leave your thoughts


Video of the Week: Empowered Families in the World of AAC

How can parents become empowered advocates for their children who use AAC? In today’s featured video Dr. Priscilla Danielson of Rocky Mountain University shares her perspective on advocacy, empowerment, and complex communication needs. This video is an archived presentation from the Family Links Digital Conference hosted by the Utah Parent Center. Many thanks to the conference organizers and Dr. Danielson for making this helpful information available. Direct Link to Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k5CGyxiV6GQ&ab_channel=UtahParentCenter

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Video of the Week: Goal Writing for AAC

May 18, 2022 by - Leave your thoughts


Video of the Week: Goal Writing for AAC

Even experienced clinicians and educators sometimes struggle in writing goals for children and adults who are learning to use AAC. In today’s featured video, we learn from AAC SLP Katie Threlkeld who reviews a 5-step process for identifying target skill areas and writing goals for skill acquisition. Many thanks to Katie and Forbes AAC for this helpful information. Direct Link to Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KKmpJtVSqnE&ab_channel=ForbesAAC 

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Video of the Week: AAC Support for People with ALS

May 11, 2022 by - Leave your thoughts


Video of the Week: AAC Support for People with ALS

How can we help people with ALS go beyond the basics of communication and use AAC in ways that allow them to connect fully and deeply with others? In today’s featured video, Nachum Lehman and Eddy Erhlich discuss an approach to supporting AAC in people with ALS used by Bridging Voice, a US non-profit organization that provides virtual AAC support to people with ALS.  Many thanks to Nachum, Eddy, and Bridging Voice for making and sharing this helpful presentation.   Direct Link to Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EHbAp-2SEZc&ab_channel=ATACNJ 

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Video of the Week: Equitable Health Access to Health Care for AAC Users

April 6, 2022 by - Leave your thoughts


Video of the Week: Equitable Health Access to Health Care for AAC Users

Although systems of delivering healthcare vary widely around the globe, even the strongest systems put AAC users at a disadvantage. In today’s featured video, public health professional Donnie TC Denome helps us understand these important and complex issues so that we can provide stronger advocacy and better support to those who use AAC.   You can obtain the handout for this session here.  This is an archived session from AAC in the Cloud, a free online AAC conference hosted by CoughDrop. Many thanks to Donnie and the fine team at CoughDrop for this impactful session.   Direct Link to Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i3rqS1OT96Y&ab_channel=CoughDrop   

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Video of the Week: Addressing Barriers to AAC Learning

March 30, 2022 by - Leave your thoughts


Video of the Week: Addressing Barriers to AAC Learning

How can we overcome the many barriers to AAC learning? In today’s featured video, Erin Sheldon offers a fresh perspective on this topic. Reframing the barriers and our role in addressing them leads us to creative solutions with practical applications for families and professionals. This is an archived presentation hosted by ECHO Voices of the Oregon Technology Access Program (OTAP). We are grateful to OTAP and Erin for this important and thought-provoking presentation. You can access the handouts for this session here. Enjoy! Direct Link to Video – https://drive.google.com/file/d/1egQthpZe_93RNefGgqNXT8k-58nHL_bf/view?usp=sharing

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Video of the Week: SMoRRE Partner Training Supports

March 23, 2022 by - 1 Comment


Video of the Week: SMoRRE Partner Training Supports

Teaching communication partners how to interact in ways that support AAC learning is one of our most important roles. Years ago, Jill Senner and Matt Baud dug into the research on AAC partner training and developed the SMoRRE approach. You can learn about that here. In today’s featured video, Matt provides a practical example of using that approach. Take a look. Many thanks to Jill and Matt for their fine work with SMoRRE and to Matt for this helpful video.   Direct Link to Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nUt180-XzY8&ab_channel=TALC 

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Video of the Week: Getting Familiar with Partner-Assisted Scanning

March 16, 2022 by - 3 Comments


Video of the Week: Getting Familiar with Partner-Assisted Scanning

When someone is unable to point or physically access a communication device, they use some form of alternative access to select the words and messages they want to say. Technological solutions, like switch scanning and eye gaze, are wonderful but there are times when we need an alternative to those alternative access methods. They may be in a recliner or on a hospital examining table, for example, and unable to use their motor skills to run the AAC device.  In some instances, the communication partner has to take on the role of scanning through the message options. Partner-assisted scanning (PAS) is a wonderfully flexible strategy that sounds harder than it is. Learn more about it from AAC SLP Dr. Cheri Dodge, of Super Power Speech, in today’s featured video. Direct link to video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z7CiYP56oYw&ab_channel=CheriC 

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