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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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AAC 101

Welcome USSAAC members and guests to the second week of AAC Awareness Month.  In today's post, Dr. Yoosun Chung, USSAAC's Vice President of People Who Use AAC, provides us with an overview of what AAC is and who uses it.  

 

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ACTION ALERT: Steve Gleason Enduring Voices Act of 2017

ACTION ALERT: Tomorrow, October 4 the full Energy and Commerce Committee will vote on H.R. 2465, the Steve Gleason Enduring Voices Act of 2017 https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/2465/cosponsors?pageSort=alpha .

 

This bill would make coverage of speech generating devices under “routinely purchased durable medical equipment” permanent under the Medicare program.

 

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How are YOU celebrating AAC Awareness Month?

Welcome USSAAC members and guests to our virtual SpeakUp publication, in blog format since July, 2017.  October is International #AACAwarenessMonth and USSAAC is celebrating!

 

The AAC Awareness Committee, headed by Yoosun Chung, Vice President of People Who Use AAC, developed some snazzy catch phrases including:

  • Silence is not always golden,
  • Don’t leave my voice in a bag,
  • Wait 15 seconds, I can communicate,
  • I’m worth the wait, let me communicate. 

 

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USSAAC Stands Ready to Help

 

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Separate SGDs from CRT Definition: Your Action Needed

The Issue

Presently, the Wisconsin Legislature is considering SB 381/AB 462.  This bill addresses Medicaid coverage and funding for a group of medical equipment items given the label “complex rehabilitation technology” (CRT).  The bill defines CRT and describes who identifies medical need for it and how it is distributed to Medicaid recipients. 
 

Cause for Concern

The concerns about this bill are the following:

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