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Physical disabilities are common barriers that interfere with successful access to augmentative and alternative communication. Individuals with physical disabilities who are unable to use traditional direct selection methods nonetheless have a basic human right to communicate. Teams within all settings, including schools and medical facilities, must consider creative ways to provide these individuals with access to communication. This full-day workshop will explore tools along the assistive technology continuum, ranging from using a stylus or keyguard to incorporating switches and eye gaze systems. Using case studies and hands-on activities, participants will learn innovative approaches to discovering a user’s access point and access method for attaining communication. Resources will be shared to facilitate a team’s consideration process.
Note: The presenter is a speech-language pathologist, not an occupational therapist or physical therapist. Team collaboration during an evaluation is always encouraged.
Objective 1: Recognize three types of AT tools that can be used to support alternative access to AAC.
Objective 2: List two considerations to make when identifying an access solution.
Objective 3: Simulate use of one alternative access method to enhance perspective and understanding.
Date and Time: Tuesday, March 27, 2018 | 9 am – 3 pm
Registration begins at 8:30 am
Location: New England Assistive Technology (NEAT),
33 Coventry Street, Hartford, CT
Fee: $100 for members / $150 for non-members
Includes Contact Hours
Presenter: Elena Fader, M.A., CCC-SLP, Assistive Technology Specialist
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