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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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USSAAC Advocacy Update

The USSAAC Advocacy Commitee, headedy by director Lewis Golinker, has been busy behind the scenes to ensure access to AAC systems.  Today's post highlights three recent actions that affect funding of speech generating  devices.

 

USSAAC Seeks Medicaid Policy Change Through Court Action

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Reaching for the Stars

Today we are pleased to share a piece by a dynamic college Sophomore, Hannah Foley.  In this post, she writes about her own personal AAC journey and how it has shaped her career aspirations.  

 

Pinpointing your passions and determining what you want to do for the rest of your life at the age of eighteen is not a simple task for everyone.  Most kids are just hoping to finish high school on a strong note, graduate, and move away from their annoying parents.  However, my situation is a little different.

 

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When Disaster Strikes: USSAAC’s Response to Families with AAC Needs

 

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What I Learned at Gap

Today we welcome Mike Hipple, USSAAC's director of membership, to share his personal experience from this year's Closing the Gap conference.

 

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Implementing AAC in Aphasia

 

 

AAC Awareness Month has officially ended, however SpeakUp will continue to share information and resources throughout the year in the spirit of USSAAC’s mission to promote the best possible communication for people with complex communication needs. Today we welcome Andrea Kremeier and Kristy Weissling, guest authors from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, who offer this informative post with suggestions for implementing AAC with people who have aphasia.    

 

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Model the Way

On October 23rd, 2017, India Ochs and her son, Jack, presented "Model the Way - Celebrating AAC Awareness Month."  In this webinar, the presenters shared their views of leadership and strategies for becoming a good leader.  

 

For those who missed the live webinar (or for those wishing to watch again), the recorded video is now availalbe at https://www.isaac-online.org/english/news/webinars/ 

 

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Red Tape: The Hurdles I Face Trying to Obtain a Speech Generating Device

 #AACAwarenessMonth is drawing to a close and the Dogers are in the World Series for the first time since 1988.  Today's guest author, Sarah Morris, is a freelance writer for Major League Baseball Advanced Media where she regularly writes about the Dodgers.  In today's article, Sarah shares the story of her struggle to fund an AAC system that would allow her to write and communicate more efficiently.  

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Developing Prompt Awareness in the AAC Team

Today SpeakUp is pleased to welcome guest author, Rachael Langley.  Although prompting can be a useful teaching tool, it needs to be used thoughtfully to prevent prompt-dependency.  As Kathleen Post from Midwestern University frequently says, "Compliance is not communication." How then do we foster autonomous communication rather than mere compliance?  Rachael shares some helpful suggestions below!  

 

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AAC in the Classroom: One Brother's Inspiration

In today's SpeakUp post, Janelle Hite shares the story of her son's illuminating experience with AAC in the classroom and the powerful impact it had on their #AACFamily.

 

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