SLP, AAC Consultant, AT Consultant, Special Educator - passionate about giving everyone access to communication, the curriculum, and quality of life.
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My name is Amber DeVine-Stinson. I have worked as a speech-language pathologist for the past 16 years. I worked as an SLP assistant for 5 years while earning my Masters degree through Nova Southeastern University. I currently work at the University of Louisville Autism Center as well as run my private practice, East Louisville Speech Therapy, LLC. At the U of L Autism Center and with my private practice, we are focusing on and specializing in AAC evaluations, device trials, and obtaining funding for children to receive dedication speech generating devices. I live in Louisville, KY with my amazing family, my husband Todd, son Parker, and 2 daughters Mae and Maureen.
Amy S. Goldman, MS, CCC is technical assistance specialist with the national Assistive Technology Act Technical Assistance and Training Center (AT3). Amy has specialized in augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) services, pre- and in-service training about AT and AAC, and has been a vigorous advocate for people with complex communication needs throughout her long career. She is past chair of the steering committee of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association's (ASHA) Special Interest Group on AAC and represents ASHA on the National Joint Committee for the Communication Needs of Persons with Severe Disabilities (NJC). She is currently VP of Finance for the US Society for AAC (USSAAC) and serves on its Disaster Relief Committee.
Jennifer Clark, Robby Vickery, Kyle Delehanty
Jennifer Clark is a state and nationally certified speech-language pathologist and holds a certificate in assistive technology from CU Denver. She has a degree in elementary and special education from Montana State University and spent five years as an intensive needs teacher prior to starting graduate school. During her time teaching, she recognized the need for quality speech language intervention for children with limited expressive communication. Jennifer's specialty is augmentative and alternative communication, specifically working with children with complex learning, language, and behavior needs.
Robby received his Master of Arts in Speech Language Pathology at Ball State University in Central Indiana. While in graduate school, Robby completed a school internship focusing on Augmentative Alternative Communication (AAC). During that time, he fell in love with helping individuals, with various disabilities and verbal abilities, learn to use a communication device to speak for themselves. He moved from Indiana to Colorado in the summer of 2013 to begin working at Inspiring Talkers. In the summer of 2015, he attended the Talking With Technology Camp at Rocky Mountain Village. This is a week-long camp dedicated to teaching children how to use their AAC devices to communicate.
Kyle received his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Marquette University in the summer of 2005. After graduation, he moved to Colorado and dedicated two years of his life to public service through the AmeriCorps NCCC program. At that time, he provided community outreach, assisted low-income families, responded to national disasters, and operated as a Wild Land Fire Fighter with the US Forest Service. After AmeriCorps, Kyle developed a passion for working with children and adults with a wide range of disabilities and communication needs as a paraprofessional and life skills and supports specialist. In 2013 he returned to school to pursue a Master of Arts degree in Speech Language Pathology from the University of Northern Colorado. Kyle’s interests as an SLP include the evaluation and treatment of individuals with complex communication needs, early intervention services, and building positive relationships with the families we serve. “My mission is to embody the difference I wish to inspire and to serve to the best of my talents. I aim to be a gentle voice when tensions rise, a positive force for change, and an advocate for those in need.”
Ms. Helland is the AAC Services Coordinator at the Temple University's TechOWL. She provides information, AAC evaluations and AT consults to consumers of Pennsylvania's Initiative on Assistive Technology (PIAT). Kathryn is a certified speech-language pathologist and has worked with individuals with autism spectrum disorders and complex communication needs. She received her bachelor's degree from Oberlin College and her Master's in Communication Disorders from William Paterson University.
Bridget is a speech-language pathologist and RESNA certified Assistive Technology Professional. She received a Bachelor and Master’s Degree in Communication Disorders from the University of Wisconsin, River Falls. Bridget worked as an SLP in the Lakeville School District where she also led assistive technology initiatives in the district, was a member of the MN Assistive Technology Leadership Team, and started and hosted a South of the River AAC Support Group for parents.
Bridget went on to lead assistive technology projects and staff as Director of the Simon Technology Center at PACER Center, a non-profit parent advocacy center in Minnesota. In her role as Director of the Simon Technology Center, Bridget ran the Technology to Improve Kids’ Educational Success (TIKES) Project, a five-year OSEP funded grant focusing on assistive technology for children ages birth – 5. One of her strong interests in this project was teaching parents and professionals about the importance of early access to robust language for young children with communication disorders.
Bridget is passionate about helping others, especially those that don’t have a voice. She believes in presuming competence and having high expectations
Bridget Gilormini, MST-SLP, ATP – Assistive Technology Specialist
Daisy Clay has been working with people with communication difficulties for 15 years, and is a speech and language therapist in the UK, working for Smartbox Assistive Technology. She is the author of Simple AAC and developed the Super Core symbol vocabularies for Grid. Daisy is passionate about helping AAC learners to be successful and empowering the people around them to give them the best support possible.
Vicki L. Haddix, M.S., CCC-SLP is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Memphis. She teaches the graduate level AAC course and supervises students in the university clinic. Vicki is also a principal investigator on the TennesseTalks grant, intended to build school districts’ capacity to support AAC across Tennessee. She is on the Board of Directors for USSAAC. Previously, Vicki coordinated AAC and AT for Boston Public Schools. She has presented on AAC at ISAAC, ASHA, ATIA and several Tennessee state conferences.
Susan Todd is a speech-language pathologist practicing in an outpatient pediatric facility in Wichita, Kansas with a passion for AAC. She is also the author and creator of AACtualTalk.com, a blog aimed at providing advocacy and education in the area of AAC. Susan received her bachelor's degree at the University of Kansas and her master's degree at Fort Hays State University. In the Fall of 2019, Susan will begin her clinical doctorate at the University of Kansas with a primary emphasis in AAC
Brian is a computer programmer with extensive experience in human-computer interactions who graduated with his Masters of Computer Science from Brigham Young University. He co-created the learning management system, Canvas, utilized by hundreds of districts and universities nationwide. In an effort to improve communication for his daughter who has Rett Syndrome and cannot speak, Brian worked with dozens of speech professionals to develop and then create the cross-platform augmentative communication app, CoughDrop. CoughDrop is now used around the world to give voice to people with communication struggles.
Dana Hall & Jennifer Jacobs
Dana and Jen have been working at P.G. Chambers School for 12 years. They both have experience evaluating students for AAC systems and implementing a variety of AAC systems into classrooms of varying communication levels. They both have their AT Certification through Stockton University. Each has attended a 3-day PODD training course. Dana has attended the Teaching Movements for Communication course with Gayle Porter, Linda Burkhart, and Claire Cotter. Both Jen and Dana have presented at district trainings across New Jersey, the ASAH non-profit organization for private schools in New Jersey conference and the CEC Conference in Boston. Jen and Dana have developed an AAC Clinic at P.G. Chambers School to support staff and families for students using AAC systems.
Elisa Wern is an Occupational Therapist. She also has a Masters Degree in Special Education and has presented at a variety of state and national conferences including regional trainings, CEC, and ATIA. She has guest lectured in a variety of settings including undergraduate and graduate special education students, as well as for masters level occupational therapy students. She is currently the Local Assistive Technology Specialist for Alachua County Schools where she coordinates AT services for the district, as well as serving as the Lead Occupational Therapist. She is also a RESNA Certified Assistive Technology Professional (ATP), and has a private practice, AT & OT Consulting and Coaching, that supports in person and teletherapy OT and AT Services.
Anne is an SLP who's been working in a Title I school district for the past ten years. After confronting her initial fears surrounding AAC she came to love the entire process of helping students find their voice. She works with a variety of students, including students with complex communication needs and Autism. Anne has a special interest in removing FOUA (fear of using AAC) from the stakeholders in each child's life. She received her Bachelor's degree in Speech Pathology/Audiology from Northern Arizona University and her master's degree in Speech Language Pathology from Nova Southeastern University. She is the creator of the website Beautiful Speech Life.
Sarah Weber, M.S. CCC-SLP/L is a speech language pathologist with a passion for AAC. Sarah provides child-focused therapy with an emphasis on parent education and community involvement. She integrates animal assisted therapy and technology to provide the best therapy outcomes. Her therapeutic approach is to meet the child where they are using their home, school, and community to grow their communication skills. Sarah specializes in evaluating and treating complex communication needs in students with autism or behavior/mood disorders in private and school based settings in Naperville, Illinois.
Rachel Madel & Chris Bugaj
Deanna K Wagner, MS/CCC-SLP, has over 30 years experience working with individuals and families to identify and implement AAC. She incorporates second language learning and emergent literacy instructional techniques for all learners, regardless of diagnosis. She has presented locally, nationally, and internationally.
James Brinton, M.A., CCC-SLP, is a speech-language pathologist and Assistive Technology Coordinator for the LC Technologies Eyegaze Edge. He speaks specifically on the use of eye gaze systems for individuals across the lifespan.
Dr. Kathy Howery is an educational consultant and AAC specialist with over 35 years of experience working with children and youth with special education needs, including those who require AAC. She has also been a sessional lecturer at several Universities in Alberta, Canada. Kathy has published in the area of Universal Design for Learning and students with significant intellectual disabilities, and the lived experience of students who use Speech Generating Devices to communicate. In addition, Kathy has co-authored several book chapters focusing on best practices in providing supports and services to students with complex needs. Most recently, Kathy is working with the Provincial Wide Low Incidence Collaborative Supports team.
I am 35, with a BA in English and Classical Civilization, and a Masters of Information, specializing in Library Science. I currently work for The Ottawa Hospital as a clear language editor and library technician, as well as running a freelance editing business called Mundaneum (mun-Dane-ee-um). I am also autistic, and have dealt with communication issues for a long time. I started using AAC in 2017, and it has opened up my world, allowing me to communicate on topics I was not able to before, and to accurately, and in an organized fashion, communicate my skills and intelligence.
Amanda is a Speech-Language Pathologist with over 20 years experience working in schools and with families, and as a technology consultant. All this has led to a passion for working with children and young adults with disabilities and learning difficulties. She currently runs a private practice in Brisbane, provides AAC coaching in Special schools and works part time with AssistiveWare. She also gives lectures on Augmentative and Alternative Communication at the University of Queensland, Australia.
Amanda ML Samperi is a speech-language pathologist with a particular love of assistive technology (AT), augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), and executive functioning (EF). She obtained her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Pennsylvania State University, and continues to learn from her clients everyday. Amanda has presented on topics related to AAC at ASHA and AAC in the Cloud (2017, 2018). She is passionate about her hobbies, including coffee, blogging, travel, photography, musical theater, and more coffee. Amanda hopes to continue sharing her knowledge and experiences about AAC through presentations like this and through her blog, AAC is where it’s AT.
Profesora de Educación Diferencial. Especialista en Comunicación Aumentativa y Tecnología Asistiva. Chilena, miembro de la Asociación Internacional de Comunicación Aumentativa (ISAAC). Trabaja en Centro de Rehabilitación Amancay, Docente de la Facultad de Medicina de la Universidad del Desarrollo y en Adapta, compañía que brinda servicios y equipamiento a personas con discapacidad, en latinoamerica.
Reconocida como una de las pioneras en el ámbito de la comunicación aumentativa en Chile.
Chana Feinstein is an SLP specializing in AAC. She currently works at a nonprofit clinic, where she works with people of all ages (toddlers, preschoolers, school-aged kids, and adults) who have complex communication needs.
Deidre Dobbels & Kelly Key
Deidre Dobbels is a Speech Language Pathologist specializing in AAC and early language development. She authored the Power Words 16 Multi-Sensory Core Vocabulary Curriculum for Early Learners. She enjoys presenting across the country on practical AAC Best Practices.
Kelly Key is an Assistive Technology Coordinator with expertise in AAC. She championed the Universal Core Approach to Language and Literacy in Barrington School District #220. Kelly presents frequently throughout the country on AAC and Assistive Technology, inspiring others to start their own Core Initiatives.
Eye Tech Digital Systems is an independent company that has been in business for twenty years creating technology that provides an alternative method of communication. We are a company that is devoted to staying innovative by recently adding a Speech Language Pathologist to our team offering another perspective to ensure success while using our technology.
Kelly is a self-employed consultant in assistive technology and AAC. She is a Special Educator and has a Masters in Educational Technology with emphasis in Rehabilitation/Special Education. Since 1986 she has presented to schools, universities & families in 48 states & internationally on augmentative communication, and access to literacy development. You can find more information on Kelly & her practice at www.kellyfonner.com
Mark Larson founded Marblesoft in 1983 to develop software for people with special needs. In 2016, Marblesoft purchased Lasered Pics and renamed it Keyguard Assistive Technology. Keyguard AT is the leading manufacturer of keyguards for iPads and other devices. Every Kyguard AT keyguard is made to order and designed to match the application exactly as it is configured for the user. Under Mark’s leadership, Keyguard AT continues to set the standard for innovation in the industry.
Celeste received her Master of Arts degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of North Texas. Her background includes assistive technology service delivery for children and adults with developmental and acquired disabilities. She is credentialed as an Assistive Technology Practitioner by the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America. Professional honors include the 2008 Honors of the Association from the North Carolina Augmentative Communication Association, the 2009 AT Award of Excellence for her work as an AT Professional from the North Carolina Assistive Technology Expo, and the 2011 Vocational Rehabilitation All-Star Award for Creativity. Celeste is employed as a Speech Language Pathologist with the North Carolina Assistive Technology Program.
Kate Ahern is an intensive special needs teacher, certified for ages birth through adult in Massachusetts, and practices as an educational specialist for individuals with complex communication needs. Kate is currently in private practice, working in schools and homes. She is also the author of a popular special education blog and moderates several social media groups about augmentative and alternative communication. Kate is often asked to guest speak or provide training about many issues in the field of complex communication needs.
Lucas Steuber is an Applied Linguist and Speech-Language Pathologist based out of Portland, OR. He serves as a board ambassador to the Oregon Autism Society, sits on the Strategic Planning Committee of the Autism Society of America, and holds board positions with several local nonprofits. You are welcome to visit Lucas' website: http://lukesteuber.com/
Erin Sheldon is the mother of a teenage AAC user. She is the special education lead for AssistiveWare and CEO of Inclusion Ontario (www.inclusionontario.ca), Ontario's school inclusion advocacy organization. She regularly presents at conferences around the world and has authored manuals, articles, and book chapters. She is passionate about strategies to include and support our most emergent AAC users to have power and decision-making control over their own lives.
Natalie Kimmelman Maroni
Natalie Kimmelman Maroni is a Brooklyn-based speech-language pathologist Natalie specializes in addressing global developmental delays, expressive and receptive language delays, articulation and phonological disorders, social/pragmatic deficits, autism, and apraxia of speech. Natalie works closely with families and school-based teams to support users of alternative and augmentative communication (AAC) systems and devices. Natalie is trained in PROMPT (Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets) technique, Dynamic Temporal and Tactile Cueing (DTTC), and DIR/Floortime approaches. On a personal note, Natalie grew up with a wonderful younger brother with autism. Thus, she is aware of the unique challenges and rewards of having a family member with special needs, and is well-versed in much of the current news in the field. Natalie is passionate about combining evidence-based practice, creative play, and engaging activities to foster growth, and about working with children and families together to achieve speech and language goals.
Andrea Rabenold & Kelli Petri
Andrea Rabenold and Kelly Petri will co-present this session.
Andrea is a Speech-Language Pathologist and Forbes AAC’s National Sales Manager. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Disorders from Truman State University and a Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Iowa.
Kelly is an Assistive Technology Specialist who has been working in the field of Augmentative and Alternative Communication since 1990. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Recreation, Leadership and Management from Ferris State University.
Andrea and Kelly are passionate about developing and implementing AAC solutions for individuals with complex communication needs. They work in close collaboration with clients, caregivers and therapy teams to create systems that enable individuals with disabilities to participate actively in all aspects of their lives.
Holly Schneider & Vicki Clarke
Vicki Clarke is the Owner and President of Dynamic Therapy Associates, Inc and DTA SCHOOLS. With 20+ years experience as SLP and AAC Specialist, Vicki regularly attends and presents at local, state and national AAC conferences and family-focused meetings. She consults for national and international AT service, equipment and software manufacturers and is the developer of the DAAG-2.
Holly Schneider, MA CCC-SLP, is an SLP and AAC specialist at Texas NeuroRehab Center in Austin, Texas. She is the co-author of the DAAG-2, developed during her 15-year tenure on the Clinical Application and Training team with Tobii Dynavox. Holly also has publications in JMSLP (2010) and Advance Healthcare Network for Speech and Hearing (2015).
Alyssa Hillary Zisk
Alyssa is an Autistic PhD student in the Interdisciplinary Neuroscience Program at the University of Rhode Island. Among other areas, they study Augmentative and Alternative Communication, both in the form of brain computer interfaces and as used by autistic adults. Alyssa uses AAC part time as a student, teacher, and researcher.
Sharon Redmon, Mike Hipple, Karaveer Singh & Rose Racicot
Sharon Redmon is a Special Education and General Education teacher with over 20 years of experience. She holds a Masters of Science degree in Adaptive Education: Assistive Technology from St. Norbert College in DePere, WI as well as an Assistive Technology Practitioner (ATP) license from RESNA. Sharon's passion for Assistive Technology and especially AAC began with her first teaching assignment in WI where she became involved in WATI and continues today as a leader in the WI AAC Network school committee and founding member of the Wisconsin Assistive Technology Regional Networks (WATRN). Sharon has been an AT specialist for WI and WA school districts, ECSE teacher (low incidence population), SPED/ABA Autism Coordinator/teacher, high school and kindergarten teacher and now ATP in private practice and teaching in a virtual teaching environment. Her varied career placements within WI, WA, virtually and overseas schools, has given her a unique perspective on how UDL, AT, and AAC intertwine.
Mike Hipple has worked with families who are on their AAC journey for the past 7 years. He wrote a children’s book about starting school. He started Wisconsin AAC Network in 2016. The WI AAC Network is for everyone in the Wisconsin AAC community to support families through educators. He is also a member in the United States Society of AAC .
Karanveer Singh is a charismatic young man living with cerebral palsy who communicates primarily with a dynamic eye gaze communication system. He enjoys sharing how Assistive Technology has helped him overcome his disability to more fully participate in his family life, school and community. His goals are to be successful as a professional movie editor and help other people with disabilities. He has presented this year as a keynote speaker at an Apple conference alongside Lt Governor Cyrus Habib as well as a keynote for the Washington Occupational Therapy Association (WOTA) conference. Karanveer will capture your heart and inspire you as he shares how assistive technology has changed his life and helped him communicate with the world. One more thing, he wants to get super rich.
Rose Racicot, MS, OTR/L is an OT and Assistive Technology Specialist in Bellevue School District and at Special Education Technology Center at CWU with 32 years of experience. She has conducted research and been published on “The Effect of Multimedia Software on Written Productivity”. She presents workshops on Assistive Technology, literacy support software, Universal Design for Learning and iPad use in education at state and national conferences as well as guest lecturing at local OT and OTA schools.She is passionate about helping educators implement Universal Design for Learning principles to create inclusive classrooms for all students to succeed.
Randi Sargent is a caregiver to her non-verbal adult son who has cerebral palsy and mother who experienced severe aphasia. She has created dozens of communication options to help them communicate at home and out in the community. As an AAC and assistive tech advocate, Randi volunteers on the Mass Rehab Commission AT Advisory Council and other disability advocacy orgs around Boston. She was the founding Director of a medical equipment reuse start-up in Massachusetts. Randi created SayitwithSymbols.com as a resource and store for picture based communication aids dedicated to helping caregivers help loved ones have a say in their care.
Cristian is an adventurous young man who enjoys music, dancing, and outdoor activities. He likes snow skiing, playing baseball, kayaking and recently went surfing for the first time. He participates in the group Building Communities Through Alternative Communication (BCTAC) where he educates others about his use of a high tech communication device as he is unable to speak. He currently participates in a transition program where he has been able to work at his first job.
Patricia has been working as an independent AT consultant & trainer for 25 years, providing services to families and therapists on the use of technology in the areas of language and communication, accessibility and learning disabilities. She presents on this topics around Argentina through webinars and workshops.
Margaret Cotts is an Assistive Technology Specialist, and the owner of Low Tech Solutions, an online store providing simple but powerful low tech communication aids.
Margaret has a background working with people with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). She provided AAC services at the ALS center at UCSF from 2000 till 2007. While there, she came up with a design for an adjustable head mounted laser, used in conjunction with large scale core vocabulary posters.
Stephanie Fuller & Saoirse Ryan Tilton
Steph is a multiply-disabled part-time AAC user and autistic activist. They discovered the concept of AAC as an adult after growing up with most of their communication occurring through the internet and really wish they were provided with AAC in their speech therapy as a child. Steph has experience working with disabled children as a disabled adult, and focuses much of their efforts on making the lives of disabled children better than the lives of previous generations.
I am a Autistic, and a full time AAC user, I run a few Facebook groups for AAC, and one for autistic handlers of service dogs. I am an advocate for communication choice and I support AAC use on all levels and forms and type, im also a big advocate for multilingual AAC.
My name is Naomi. I live in Ontario, Canada. I am in my late 40's. I enjoy reading, learning, listening to CBC Radio One (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.) I began volunteering (I have had a few paid jobs in my life) with kids with varying abilities before I was in grade 7. I was drawn to those children who were non-verbal and minimally verbal and maybe used some form of AAC. I continued that work until the early 2000's. I have also volunteered with adults and at times worked with families. I knew just enough about AAC to get me by but not enough to actually help the AAC users I worked with truly grow in their communication. I have half a BA with a major in Psychology and minors in Political Science and French, which I was unable to finish due to mental health issues as well I have multiple visible and invisible disabilities. I am a pat-time AAC user beginning to use AAC to help myself. I am a wannabe SLP who works with those who use AAC but due to mental and physical health issues am unable to attend school right now. I homeschool myself as I have forgotten much of what I have learned in school due to trauma disorders and try to learn as much as I can about AAC. I also try and do disability awareness whenever and wherever I can. Once a year I attend an International (Canada-US) Camp run by Scouts Canada as a volunteer (not a member of Scouts Canada) and run an activity on disability awareness for the Girl Scouts of USA, Boy Scouts of America, Girl Guides of Canada and Scouts Canada kids who attend this camp and wish to participate. I also volunteer at a local psychiatric hospital.
Incredible AAC Moms
Sue & Mike Hipple
My name is Sue Hipple and I am from Appleton WI. My son Mike is an AAC communicator. Our family started on our AAC journey in 1998 when Mike was three years old. He has progressed to a competent communicator. His first trial using a device was an absolute disaster; he fought using it for the first four years and made little progress. His school team and family did not give up, we believed that Mike could communicate we just did not have the right device for him. The end of fifth grade our world changed when his AAC specialist returned from Closing the Gap and introduced Mike to Minspeak and the PRC device called the Vanguard. Mike and I love to meet new families just starting out on their AAC journey-we share with the family our tips for success and the mistakes we made.
Lesley & Mason Skahan
I am Lesley Skahan and my son Mason uses AAC. We live in a small town in Southeast Kansas. In 2016 we started modeling with Mason’s AAC device. In teaching him this new way of communicating, he was able to develop a yes/no response. Mason has a very complex body and PODD is a wonderful type of device for those who have trouble with fine motor use. We have always known Mason had receptive language, he just couldn’t express it.
We have learned so much on this journey with AAC. The most important, is how much Mason does understand and how he strives to do what his peers are doing. AAC has given him the opportunity to express those wants and desires. Communication is a process and being patient is very important.
Kadie & Brooke DeMar
Nerisa & Curren Ramsey