Blogs

Message Banking: The Other AAC Frontier

Today we are pleased to welcome Brian Whitmer to share his expertise regarding message banking. 

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Did you watch any of the old Star Trek TV shows, spending an occasional hour with Captain Kirk, Picard, Sisko or Janeway? Do you think you’d recognize the voice of the computer (“Computer, locate Ensign Lynch”, “Ensign Lynch is not aboard the Enterprise”)?

 

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Achieving Goals for Independence

On July the 4th, many of us celebrated our country’s independence with fireworks, parades, and barbeques.  Today, Tracy Rackensperger, PhD, USSAAC's Vice President of People Who Use AAC and their Families, shares her firsthand perspective about achieving her own personal independence.   

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Getting to the CORE of Communication: Part 2 - Top 5 Activities to Increase Core Vocabulary Use

Last month we welcomed Kelly Key to share her guest post entitled, "Getting to the CORE of Communication: Part One - Tips for Rolling Out a Core Vocabulary Initiative," in which she introduced readers to her school district’s core vocabulary initiative.  This month, we welcome her back to discuss some of her favorite activities for teaching core vocabulary. 

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My AAC Family

Today we are pleased to welcome Rebecca Sobolevsky to share her firsthand perspective about how becoming a parent to a child using AAC has changed her practice as a speech-language pathologist (SLP). 

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As a young speech-language pathologist (SLP) working with children with complex medical challenges in early intervention, I worked with many incredible families.

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Wading into the Murky Waters of Transitioning between Speech Generating Devices: Part Two – First-hand Lessons

We began Better Hearing and Speech month by welcoming Kathleen Post to share her guest post entitled, "Wading into the Murky Waters of Transitioning between Speech Generating Devices: Part One – The Challenges," in which she began exploring some of the challenges people who use AAC face when getting new speech generating devices.  To end the month, we welcome her back to discuss some strategies for combatting these challenges. 

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It Takes a Village: The Importance of an AAC Community

USSAAC’s members are diverse and include augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) researchers, device manufacturers, therapists, teachers, families of individuals using AAC, and people who use AAC.  SpeakUP strives to be “The Voice of AAC” by including posts by all stakeholders, including individuals who use AAC.  Today we are pleased to welcome Mike Hipple, USSAAC’s Director of Membership, to share his firsthand perspective about growing up using AAC.  He also offers his sage advice to other AAC families about the importance of building an AAC

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Interprofessionalism: A Call to Something Different

Today we are delighted to share a guest post by The National Joint Committee for the Communication Needs of Persons with Severe Disabilities (NJC) on interprofessionalism.  The NJC is a collaborative group of health and educational professionals from eight member organizations including USSAAC (https://www.asha.org/NJC/OrgMem/ to learn about other member organizations).  The NJC advocates for individuals with severe disabili

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Getting to the CORE of Communication: Part One - Tips for Rolling Out a Core Vocabulary Initiative

Today we are excited to share a post by Kelly Key of District 220 in Barrinton, Illinois. In this first of a two-part post focused on using core vocabulary in the classroom, she shares helpful information about how she successfully incorporated core vocabulary in her school district.  Look for Part Two next month where she will be sharing the top 5 tips and activities she uses to increase student's language and speech-generating device use.

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The Importance of Using Core Vocabulary

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Wading into the Murky Waters of Transitioning between Speech Generating Devices: Part One – The Challenges

May is Better Hearing & Speech Month and USSAAC is celebrating in the spirit of the “Communication for All” theme.

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Letter to USSAAC Members in States Affected by Flooding

Dear USSAAC member,

 

The USSAAC Board of Directions is reaching out to its members who reside in states currently being affected by recent/ongoing

flooding. We hope you are doing okay and we are thinking about you, your family and especially those people in your area who may have been affected and rely on AAC tools and technologies to communicate. We are also pointing everyone to resources that we’ve found helpful in response to Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria and the fires in California.

 

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