Engineering AAC into the Modern Home

Live Broadcast Date: Tuesday, October 9, 2018 3:30 - 4:30 PM Eastern Time Zone

Webinar Type: Archive
Webinar Code: AT18-WEB28-AR
Webinar Fee: $39

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Communication happens everywhere. Within a home, people communicate with one another for essentially all possible functions – requesting, commenting, arguing, joking, and more! Communication enables individuals to meet functional needs, achieve independence, and attain social connections. AAC users require unique support in order to reach an equal level of communication success. This presentation will focus on ways to provide such support by naturally embedding AAC tools into a home. Using NEAT’s Smart Home as a model, the presentation will describe ways to use low, mid and high-tech AAC in specific locations. A demonstration of ways to pair AAC with smart home technology will show the innovative possibilities for supporting independence across the lifespan.

Learning Objectives

  1. Participants will identify at least three locations of a home wherein AAC can be incorporated.
  2. Participants will list at least two AAC tools that can be used as a starting point for supporting communication at home.
  3. Participants will recognize one way to incorporate AAC with smart home technology.


Elena Fader

NEAT, an Oak Hill Center
Elena is an Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Specialist and Speech-Language Pathologist at New England Assistive Technology (NEAT), an Oak Hill Center. She provides AAC consultations, evaluations, and interventions for individuals of all ages with complex communication needs and related disabilities. Elena also provides trainings and workshops to families, caregivers, and professionals to promote community awareness of technology to support communication and independence. She has extended her support beyond her immediate community by presenting at conferences at the local and national levels.

Elena attended the University of Vermont (B.A., Phi Beta Kappa) and the University of Massachusetts Amherst (M.A., U.S. Dept. of Ed. Autism Spectrum Disorders Fellow). She obtained her AT Certificate from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is licensed by the state of Connecticut and by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), and she is a member of the ASHA Special Interest Group 12 for AAC. In 2015, Elena collaboratively published a research article in the American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, aligning with her philosophy of staying current on best practices within the field.
Speaker Financial Relationship Disclosure: Yes
Speaker Non-Financial Relationship Disclosure: No


Augmentative and Alternative Communication

Target Audience

Accessibility Professionals, ADA Administrators, AT Professionals, Family Members, Individuals with Disabilities, OTs, PTs, SLPs

Experience Level


Content Area

Basic Communication Process Area

Continuing Education Credits

For Satisfactory Completion and Continuing Education information, please visit: ATIA Online Education CEUs

Number of hours: 1.0
Number of IACET CEUs: 0.1

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