It’s PrAACtically Over: One Last Drawing for AAC Awareness Month

October 24, 2012 by - 10 Comments

It's PrAACtically Over: AAC Awareness Month Giveaway # 4
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It’s been an exciting AAC Awareness Month! There were 25 lucky winners in the first two drawings and earlier today we drew the names for the third round. The winners for Drawing # 3 are Tanya Keller Scott (#473), Rachel Berry (#266), Carrie Walls (#9), Felicia Moore (#566), Diane Saunders (#34), Jillian Mayo (#164), Juliana Escobar (#425), Amy Vinson Taylor (#138), Allyssa Lucas (#323), Katrina Stebbins (#88), Kristina Frenzel (#480), Jennifer Schroeder (#510), Christine Cobb (#587), Lauren Enders (#53), Mark Neely (#291), Cassie Cann (#213), Amy M (#182), Cassandra Stafford (#366), Monica Venezia (#547), Lizzie Feldman (#579), Melissa Nicole (#364), Erin Finnegan (#434), and Kia Hughes (#383). Congratulations to the winners! 

Our 4th and final drawing promises to be the best one yet. Please join us in giving virtual round of applause to these generous companies:

Ablenet, Inc
Dynavox/Mayer Johnson
Gail Van Tatenhove, PA
Hump Software
iClick iTalk
Patient Provider Communication
Paul H. Brookes Publishing Company
RJ Cooper
Safe N Sound Mobile
Say It with Symbols
Silver Lining Multimedia

How Does It Work?

  • We use Rafflecopter to administer the giveaways. All entries made through there will be counted toward our drawings.
  • Prizes are randomly assigned to each winner. We’ll send an email to each one letting them know what they’ve one.
  • The winners will have 5 days to respond to our email.
  • You’ll need to be a good sport to play along because we’re not going to get into requests for specific prizes or substitutions. (As I learned from wise-beyond-her-years Pauleen, “You get what you get, and you don’t get upset.” Love that!)
  • We’ll send out the prizes. And, hopefully, the winners will take a moment to thank the prize donors.

How Often Can You Enter?
That depends on what kind of entry it is. See our AAC Awareness Rafflecopters for details.

The Fine Print

  1. Winners have 5 days to respond to the email with prize notification. On day 6 after the notification was sent, we will draw a new winner for that prize. Check your spam filters so you don’t miss our notification.
  2. Tech Support: Regrettably, we can’t provide it. If you have trouble with Flickr, Scoop.It, Twitter, or Facebook or anything like that, you’ll have to rely on your problem-solving skills to FIO (figure it out). We’re new to a lot of this ourselves, so we probably wouldn’t be much help anyway.
  3. In the event of unforeseen difficulties with prize donors or other things that give us grief, we reserve the right to make prize substitutions.
  4. What if you don’t like or need your prize? There’s probably someone in your community who does. Consider donating it to a local school, hospital, clinic, or library. We won’t be making substitutions based on winners’ preferences. (Sorry, folks. We gotta leave some time in the day for our real jobs.)
  5. The app codes that were donated are for the US app store.
  6. Winners are eligible to enter and win additional prizes in the remaining rounds.
  7. iPads are not included.
  8. Be sure to adhere to privacy guidelines for your profession and/or agency when posting pictures.
  9. We are not responsible for prizes that get lost in the mail.

We’ll draw the winners on October 31st at the stroke of midnight. Good luck, everyone!

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  • Dianne Saunders says:

    I haven’t done anything formal for AAC Awareness month but have found myself sharing more information with the parents of children that I work with.

    • Avatar photo Carole Zangari says:

      Dianne, I think that sometimes those are benefits that last the longest. Things we do that are special or out of the norm are great, but it’s changes like the one that you described that are sustainable and make a long term difference. Kudos and thanks for stopping by to share this. We’re really glad to count you among our prAACtical friends.

  • Kimberly Hurley says:

    I have been attempting to share as many good ideas about implementation as I can. It seems I get a lot of interest in choosing an AAC strategy, but that those strategies often are under-utilized unless I am around. I realize that is, in part, my own problem to deal with, so I’m working on it, and this month I’ve seen a lot of GREAT ideas to share!

    • Avatar photo Carole Zangari says:

      Kim, I think we are all in the same boat in terms of seeing too many situations where the AAC strategies or tools are under-utilized. I think that we are most successful when we see this work as a process and just keep plugging along. The only real failure is giving up, and no one here is about to do that! Thanks for your comment. 🙂

  • Mark says:

    I have been learning more ways to engaged my son in communication. I am not a techno person, and it’s been a slower pace for me. Thankful my son is patient. Have enjoyed all the information from your site. My wife uses the information to help the staff who work with our son at school. Very helpful.

    • Avatar photo Carole Zangari says:

      Mark, the pace isn’t nearly as important as you might think. after all, it was the tortoise who won the race, right? It’s amazing how far we can get with only 2-3 key strategies, like aided language input. It’s a marathon, not a sprint. Thanks for hanging in there with us. 🙂

  • I can’t believe AAC awareness month is almost over. Thanks for all your wonderful resources and info.
    I wrote a blogpost about taking part in a viewing of ‘Certain Proof’ at Holland Bloorview Children’s Rehab Hospital. Here’s a link:

    • Avatar photo Carole Zangari says:

      Stacey, this is an amazing post and I hope it is okay to share it with our prAACtical friends on Facebook. It is a message that SLPs really need to hear so that we can keep striving to do better for these kids. Thanks for sharing this. 🙂

  • Cassandra says:

    I donated the Verbally code that I won (thank you!) to the SLPs at an Assistive Technology and Treatment Center at a local residential habilitation center for individuals with developmental disabilities. I used to work there and know it will really benefit their program.

    • Avatar photo Carole Zangari says:

      How wonderful, Cassandra! We love the collegiality of people in the AAC field. Thanks for stopping by to comment. 🙂

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