Engineering AAC into the Modern Home
Tuesday, October 9, 2018 3:30 - 4:30 PM Eastern Time Zone
Webinar Type: Archive
Webinar Code: AT18-WEB28-AR
Webinar Fee: $39
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.
- Participants will identify at least three locations of a home wherein AAC can be incorporated.
- Participants will list at least two AAC tools that can be used as a starting point for supporting communication at home.
- Participants will recognize one way to incorporate AAC with smart home technology.
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.
Augmentative and Alternative Communication
Accessibility Professionals, ADA Administrators, AT Professionals, Family Members, Individuals with Disabilities, OTs, PTs
Basic Communication Process Area