President's Message

Hello USSAAC Members!

We have had a great year! In 2016, our membership numbers more than doubled. We had five webinars with free ASHA CEUs for members and started a monthly live Twitter "chat".

These member benefits will continue into 2017.

Congratulations to our newly elected as well as our returning 2017 board members! A huge thank you to the members of the nominations committee, those of you who volunteered to serve, and those of you who voted.

  • President – Wendy Quach
  • President-Elect – Kevin Williams
  • Past President – Sarah Blackstone (appointed to replace Chris Klein who resigned)
  • Secretary – Lisa Timm
  • Vice President for Financial Affairs – Amy Goldman
  • Vice President for People who use AAC and their Families – Yoo Sun Chung
  • Director of Professional Affairs – Stephanie Meehan
  • Director of Membership – Mike Hipple
  • Director for USSAAC Advocacy – Lew Golinker
  • Director for Public Information – Amanda Hettenhausen
  • ISAAC Liaison – Rose Sevcik

Thank you to Chris Klein (Past President) and Pat Ourand (Directror of Professional Affairs) for their years of service to USSAAC. We appreciate all the time and effort they have contributed and look forward to working with them again.

USSAAC has many exciting changes coming this year! Members from the Public Information Committee are undergoing a review of our website to ensure that information to members is current and easy to find. Follow us on Twitter (@USSAAC) and Facebook to keep up to date with the TwitterChats (#ussaachat) and Webinars! Membership Committee members are working hard to increase numbers in all our membership categories. Members of the Education and Ethics Committee have lined up a robust 2017 schedule of webinars with topics including funding, emergency preparedness, and cortical visual impairment and AAC. Please see ??? (insert page number and title of article from Stephanie) for more information about the schedule of the 2017 events. The Committee for People who Use AAC is actively organizing events for AAC Awareness month in October.

In addition to all the hard work committee members and chairs are contributing, we will also be introducing a new format for SpeakUP. We will be moving from a magazine to a blog. Let us know topics you would like covered in our SpeakUP Blog or if you would like to contribute content. We would like to thank Michael O’Leary for helping to publish previous issues of SpeakUP.

We invite you to join a USSAAC Committee, help with membership recruitment, offer suggestions for webinar/twitter topics, and/or write or suggest an article for SpeakUP. Please let us know which committee you would like to join.

If you have not already done so, please renew your membership* for 2017 at http://www.ussaac.org/membership. ISAAC International* will continue to manage USSAAC membership sign-up and renewal through ISAAC International’s secure web membership system. This will provide our organization with the ability to focus directly on supporting the needs, and advocating for the rights, of people who use AAC, as well as the family members, professionals, and the vendors and manufacturers making up our community. As you may know, membership in USSAAC includes membership in ISAAC. *Please note: As ISAAC International is based in Toronto, Canada, all payments will be processed in Canadian dollars.

While completing your membership enrollment, you can also subscribe to the AAC journal and/or three other professional journals that offer special rates to ISAAC members. For more information or assistance with membership, please contact membership@ussaac.org. While you’re visiting the USSAAC website, please consider donating to USSAAC at http://www.ussaac.org/donate. Your donation will support USSAAC's quality educational activities and provide assistance to people who use AAC and their families. We hope you will join us for some of these fun and informative activities, as we look forward to a wonderful 2017!

Wendy Quach, USSAAC President, 2016-­2018



Supporters

USSAAC would like to recognize and thank our Institutional and Corporate Members for their support