ATIA 2022 will take place January 26 - 29, 2022 in Orlando, Florida and virtually.

The Prentke AAC Distinguished Lecture hosted by: ATIA

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ATIA is excited to announce Lance McLemore as the 2022 Prentke AAC Distinguished Lecturer.

Lance will share his perspective on how the media often represents individuals with a disability as “objects of inspiration” rather than multidimensional human beings. In this lecture, Lance will share his unique take on how this dynamic affects the way others see disabled people, how it affects the way we see ourselves, and how it affects the way we interact with the world. Lance shares that, “It is my goal to cause people to rethink the way they see and interact with people with disabilities.”

The lecture is hosted during the in-person conference in Orlando and will be live streamed for free as part of the ATIA 2022 Virtual Event. After the session takes place, the recording will be posted to ATIA’s YouTube channel and linked here.

About Lance McLemore

Headshot of Lance Mclemore Lance McLemore is an artist, a blogger and an Ambassador for AAC. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy. Lance is a painter who has had many gallery showings in the past several years. His preferred medium is water colors and he also participates in Pinterest.

Lance is passionate about helping people understand the perspective of an individual who uses AAC and devotes much of his time to activities that enable him to have an impact. He communicates primarily using an Accent device with the LAMP Words for Life software.

Lance has presented at conferences and participated with in-person trainings and online meetings. Lance is always willing to answer any question and enjoys interacting with other individuals who use a Speech Generating Device (SGD) to communicate. A fellow presenter notes, “People rave about the high value of the information/insights he shares and interacting with him is typically identified in the feedback form as what they like best about the training or presentation.”

Lance regularly volunteers the Signal Center’s Chatter Camp in Chattanooga, TN. He interacts with the campers, providing a communication role model as well as encouraging social engagement.  He supports parents by offering a vision of their child’s potential and being able to offer insight into the experiences and thoughts of an AAC communicator.

Lance is a blogger on AAC topics for the AAC Language Lab. His writing provides insights into the perspective of an adult using AAC and includes topics such as the terms high functioning and low functioning, euphemisms for individuals with disabilities, and passivity in communication.

About the Prentke AAC Distinguished Lecture

The 25th Annual Edwin and Esther Prentke AAC Distinguished Lecture will be presented at the ATIA 2022 Conference in Orlando, Florida.  ATIA is honored to host this exciting presentation by a person who communicates using an AAC device.

The Edwin and Esther Prentke Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Distinguished Lecture was initiated in 1997 to honor the life and work of the late Edwin and Esther Prentke. The Prentkes dedicated their lives to developing technologies that liberate the lives of people with disabilities. The lecture is delivered by a person who uses augmentative and alternative communication (PWUAAC) to communicate. The lecture is followed by a time of interaction with the audience, allowing the audience to ask questions and interact with a PWUAAC.