Saturday, August 20, 2011

Tell Them We Sent You And Save!

Advancing Opportunities’ Assistive Technology Services team is pleased to be taking part in AugComm New Jersey: a Forum on Augmentative and Alternative Communications for Parents and Professionals. They will be providing hands-on demonstrations of AAC devices.

The forum will be held on Monday, September 26, 2011 from 5:30 to 8:45 p.m. at The Holiday Inn Somerset-Bridgewater, 195 Davidson Avenue, Somerset.

Organizer Eric Jager is the parent of a child with autism. He notes there is a lot of buzz about the increased availability of augmentative and alternative communications (AAC) applications. There are also many questions. How do we really know which tools and methods will be most beneficial to our own students and children? How are expensive AAC devices funded in New Jersey and are low-tech solutions worth the investment?

If you have questions about finding just the right AAC device, meet with Advancing Opportunities' Assistive Technology Team for a hands-on demonstration and learn what’s possible with the latest devices and software, including the iPad and the myriad of AAC apps. Our certified AT professionals can show you the subtle nuances between similar devices and can provide valuable insight on what might work for you, your child or student. 

AugComm New Jersey will bring together parents, teachers and case managers and offer a process-oriented overview of the steps necessary to create a person-first strategy for the use of AAC tools.

Presenters include:
  • Dan Baker, Ph.D., Elizabeth M. Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities
  • Amy Dell, Ph.D., The College of New Jersey
  • Curtis Edmonds, Disability Rights New Jersey
  • Anne Holmes, MS, CCC, BCBA, Eden Family of Services

They will cover:
  • Effectively integrating AAC into classroom routines and activities
  • AAC Strategies to reduce behavior concerns and enhance quality of life
  • Evaluating high-tech and low-tech AAC tools based on an individual's needs
  • -Selecting vocabulary goals to support appropriate and meaningful communication
  • Parent/professional collaboration to enhance a child's communication ability at home, in school and in the community
  • Funding of AAC devices

The event offers the chance to mix and mingle with other teachers, SLPs and parents with an interest in AAC. Get your technical questions answered by representatives from exhibitors including Saltillo and Prentke Romich and local organizations including NJCART .

The event is produced by SpeakerSelect. Register today and use discount code ATC for 20% savings.
Visit organizer Eric Jager’s webpage

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