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The Bridge School's Teacher-in-Residence

Every other year The Bridge School hosts an international Teacher-in-Residence from a developing country. The goals and objectives of this program is to help increase the use of augmentative and alternative communication globally. The program has previously hosted professionals from India, Poland, Singapore, Mexico, South Africa and South Korea. The Bridge School's Teacher-in-Residence application for the 2012-13 academic year is currently available and we are accepting candidates. I would appreciate it if you could share this information with the USSAAC membership. We would appreciate having USSAC members, who know of professionals from developing countries who might be interested in this award, sharing the information with them. The criteria, application forms and details can be found on our web site at http://www.bridgeschool.org/outreach/tir/index.php. Dr. Vicki R. Casella, Executive Director The Bridge School 545 Eucalyptus Avenue Hillsborough, CA 94010 Phone: 650-696-7295 x102 Fax: 650-342-7598 www.bridgeschool.org

McLean-Yoder Award for Professional Excellence

Nominate an individual or team for the new McLean-Yoder Award for Professional Excellence! Complete the application online at http://www.asha.org/NJC/McLean-Yoder-Award.htm

Application for the McLean-Yoder Award for Professional Excellence

The National Joint Committee for the Communication Needs of Persons with Severe Disabilities (NJC) is very excited to announce the annual McLean-Yoder Award for Professional Excellence!This award is intended to honor either an individual or team that exemplifies high quality professional service to individuals with severe disabilities. Winners of this award will receive an honorary plaque and recognition at upcoming conferences attended by members of the NJC including:

Judging will be based on meeting quality indications outlined in the attached table.If you are a member of, or know of, a team that meets most or all of the quality indications listed in this table, we encourage you to apply! The NJC is a group of professionals devoted to advocating for individuals with significant communication support needs resulting from intellectual disability, which may coexist with autism, sensory, and/or motor limitation. For more information about the NJC, go to theNJC Web site: www.asha.org/NJC. To apply, please complete the following information and submit to Bill Ogletree (NJC chair) at as an e-mail attachment. You may mail or fax the application to Bill Ogletree at: Bill T. Ogletree, PhD Program in Communication DisordersCollege of Education & Allied Professions Western Carolina University G50 MckeeCullowhee, NC 28723 Phone: 828-227-3379 Fax: 828-227-3312 E-mail: ogletree@wcu.edu

Application Information

  1. Name and position of nominated individuals or educational team members
  2. City, state and school district (if applicable)
  3. Person nominating individual or team
  4. Contact information for nominator
  5. A completed copy of the table Quality Indications Survey [PDF]. Surveys may be completed by the nominator, an individual, or the team. Self-nominations will be accepted.
  6. A narrative of 400 words or less that describes ways in which you or your team provides high quality interventions for individuals with severe disabilities.

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