Eleventh Annual Conference on Augmentative and Alternative

Eleventh Annual Conference on Augmentative and Alternative Communication:
January 24-26, 2011
5:00 – 9:00 PM
Monday January 24, 2011
Registration and Welcome Reception
Sponsored by the ASHA Division 12
Tuesday January 25, 2011
Introducing SLPs to the World of AAC!
7:30 – 8:15 AM
Registration - Coffee, Tea and Juice
Welcome on behalf of SID 12
Amy S. Goldman, MS, CCC-SLP
8:30 – 9:00 AM
Greetings and Introduction of Topic: Training Speech-Language Pathologists as
AAC Practitioners Insuring AAC Prerequisites for Pre-Service and In-Service.
9:00 – 10:30 AM
Lyle Lloyd, PhD, CCC-SLP/A
Keynote Session: "Why did we create AT in the first place? Where are we now?
Where are we going? How do we get others to join us?” Discussion.
Alan Brightman, Ph.D., Senior Policy Director for Special Communities, Yahoo!
10:30 – 10:45 AM
10:45 – 11:45 AM
11:45 – 12:45 PM
Discussant: What Can We Learn From Where We Have Been to Get to Where
We Need to Go in the Field of AAC? Discussion.
Richard Ellenson, Parent Advocate
AAC applications in 2010: How to conduct a successful clinical feature matching
Jessica Gosnell, MS, CCC-SLP
12:45 – 1:45 PM
1:45 – 3:00 PM
Characteristics Of Effective Practices In Teaching Adult Learners
3:00 – 4:30 PM
David Beukelman, PhD, CCC-SLP, Christy Horn, PhD
Techniques, Methodologies and Pedagogy for In-Person and Online Instruction
in Pre-Service and In-Service Learning
Carole Zangari, PhD, CCC-SLP; Al Cook, PhD, PE
4:30 – 5:00
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January 24-26, 2011
5:00 - 6:00 PM
Poster Sessions: Clinical Forum of Issues
6:00 – 7:30 PM
Special Event:
The History of AAC in the World
Hosted by:
Alan Brightman, Ph.D., Senior Policy Director
For Special Communities, Yahoo!
Gary Moulton, Accessibility Group, Microsoft
Richard Ellenson, MBA, Parent Advocate
Wednesday January 26, 2011
Topics Unique to an AAC Curriculum
8:00 – 8:30 AM
8:30 – 8:45 AM
Coffee, Tea & Juice
Questions to Frame the Day’s Sessions:
Why is this content critical to AAC training? What are some crucial resources?
What opportunities exist within programs to address this content?
8:45 – 9:45 AM
Lyle Lloyd, PhD, CCC-SLP/A; Pat Ourand, MS, CCC-SLP
Communication Vulnerability in the Hospital and the New Joint Commission
Standards: The SLP and need for professional preparedness
9:45 – 10: 30 AM
John Costello, MS, CCC-SLP
Where Would the Field of AAC be Without Policy, Advocacy and Documentation
and How to Continue Moving Forward?
Lewis Golinker, Esq.
10:30 – 10:45 AM
10:45 – 11:45 AM
What if … Where AAC AT may be heading.
11:45 AM – 12:45 PM
Gregg Vanderheiden Ph.D.
The Human Factors and Ergonomic Considerations in Seating, Positioning and
Mounting AAC Devices
12:45 – 2:00 PM
Margaret (Peggy) Barker, MS, ATP
Table Topics: How to Improve the State of SLP Professional Preparation?
w/ Light Lunch (Including Discussion of ASHA Program Accreditation
Facilitated by Individuals who Teach and Train AAC Students and Clinicians
Conference Chairpersons: Pat Ourand, MS, CCC-SLP; Lyle Lloyd, PhD, CCC-SLP/A
Eleventh Annual Conference on Augmentative and Alternative Communication:
January 24-26, 2011
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Important Principles in Teaching SLPs About the AAC Assessment Process
3:00 – 4:00 PM
Iris Fishman, MA, CCC-SLP
It’s Not About the Technology or is it: Realizing AAC Through Hard and Soft
Al Cook, PhD, PE
4:00 - 4:15 P.M.
Closing Remarks, Next Steps
Lyle Lloyd, PhD, CCC-SLP/A , Pat Ourand, MS, CCC-SLP;
4:15 – 4:30PM
4:30 – 5:30 PM
Poster sessions: Clinical Forum of Issues
Participate in Working Group Session
5:30 – 7:30 PM
ATIA Exhibit Hall
Sneak Preview
Information on CEUs to be offered will be available shortly.
Speaker Bios:
David R. Beukelman, Ph.D is the Barkley Professor of Communication Disorders at the University of
Nebraska-Lincoln and Director of Research and Education of the Communication Disorders Division,
Munroe/Meyer Institute of Genetics and Rehabilitation, Omaha , Nebraska . He is also a Senior
Researcher in t he Institute for Rehabilitation Science and Engineering at Madonna Rehabilitation
Hospital in Lincoln , Nebraska , focusing on augmentative and alternative communication, dysarthria,
and oral cancer. Dr. Beukelman is a past Editor of Augmentative and Alternative Communication Journal
and has published numerous articles and co-authored several books relating to AAC. He is a past
recipient of the President's Award from the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative
Communication (ISAAC) as well as the Fred Strache Leadership Award 16th Annual International CSUN
Margaret (Peggy) Barker, MS, ATP is in private practice and provides assistive technology consultation
services to students and their school teams. Assistive technologies that are considered include
electronic aids for daily living, computer access and applications, augmentative communication, power
mobility; and the user interface, interconnection and integration of these devices and strategies. She
has been providing Assistive Technology services in Northern California since 1978 working at Assistive
Device Center at California State University, Sacramento and then led the Augmentative Communication
group at the Rehabilitation Engineering Center at Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford from 1981 to
1994. Since 1994, she has been consulting primarily to school districts and county offices of education.
She has provided workshops and in-service trainings as well as written book chapters and articles on the
implementation of Assistive Technology.
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Alan Brightman, PhD is the Senior Policy Director for Special Communities at Yahoo! where he is
responsible for ensuring that Yahoo! is as responsive as possible to the unique needs of children and
adults with disabilities as well as families with serious illness. Brightman received a Ph.D. in Education
from Harvard University and an Honorary Ph.D. in Science from The University of Massachusetts. His
professional accomplishments reflect a career devoted not only to increasing the quality of life for
children and young adults with various special needs but also to developing large-scale business
opportunities to serve the needs of these segments. Brightman was the founder of Apple Computer's
Worldwide Disability Solutions Group and served as its only Director throughout its 13-year existence. In
this capacity he managed a multi-million dollar annual budget and was responsible for ensuring that all
Apple products and programs were accessible to children and adults with disabilities. He worked closely
with Apple's hardware and software engineering teams as well as with diverse teams in marketing,
sales, industrial design, and public relations. In addition, he co-authored Independence Day: Designing
Computer Solutions for Individuals with Disability and produced a variety of videos designed to illustrate
the role of technology in increasing options and opportunities for all children and adults. The work of
Brightman's group at Apple, the first of its kind in the industry, has been widely recognized, emulated,
and honored around the globe. Brightman's most recent book is DisabilityLand, a collection of
anecdotes, editorials, quotes, and questions rooted in his many experiences in the field of disability. In
2009, DisabilityLand was awarded the Benjamin Franklin Award by the Independent Publishers
Association. Brightman received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Boston University to honor his
innovative accomplishments on behalf of children and young adults.
Albert Cook, PhD, PE is Professor of Speech Pathology and Audiology in the Faculty of Rehabilitation
Medicine, Associate Dean Research in the Faculty of Extension and Special Advisor to the Provost at the
University of Alberta. He served as Dean of the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine from 1994 to 2007,
and chair of the Health Sciences Council from 2000-2007. Dr. Cook was formerly Professor of Biomedical
Engineering at California State University, Sacramento where he established the graduate program in
biomedical engineering. Dr. Cook co-authored with Susan Hussey, MS, OTR, Cook and Hussey’s Assistive
Technologies: Principles and Practice 3nd edition, published in October 2007 by Elsevier. He has coedited three other textbooks with John Webster and others and has written numerous chapters in
rehabilitation and biomedical engineering texts, monographs, peer reviewed papers and conference
John Costello, MS, CCC-SLP is the Director of the Augmentative Communication Program, Children’s
Hospital Boston where he has been a speech-language pathologist for 25 years and founder of
Children’s inpatient AAC program. John has lectured nationally and internationally on numerous topics
related to AAC assessment and intervention. John is adjunct faculty teaching graduate level courses in
Augmentative Communication for Boston University, Emerson College, MGH Institute of Health
Professionals and Northeastern University.
Richard Ellenson, MBA is a parent and advocate was most recently the CEO of Blink Twice, where he
headed the creation and launch of the Tango, a fresh new AAC device that brought the field new insights
into design and innovation. Prior to entering the field of AAC, Richard was in advertising, where he
worked for many larger agencies, and eventually started his own shop. He worked on the introduction
of the American Express Corporate Card, rebranded products from Cross Pens to Cointreau, and wrote
the Tagline “It’s Not TV. It’s HBO.” Since entering the field of Assistive Technology, Richard has been on
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the Boards of the Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA), CSUN, various UCP Groups, and has
been appointed to an Advisor to the National Institute of Deafness and Other Communication Disorders
(NICDC). In 2006, Richard and his son Thomas, who uses a Tango device, were named “Persons of the
Year” by ABC World News Tonight. Richard is a graduate of Cornell and holds an MBA from The Wharton
Iris Fishman, MA, CCC-SLP is a speech language pathologist specializing in augmentative means of
communication and has held a wide range of positions in the field, including Director of the Assistive
Technology Program at the National Center for Disability Services on Long Island and Consulting AAC
Supervisor for United Cerebral Palsy of NYC. She has been an AAC evaluator for Helen Hayes Hospital
and the Young Adult Institute in New York, an author of one of the first texts on AAC devices and an
adjunct instructor for the graduate speech pathology departments at Long Island University, Hunter
College and NYU. A Past President of USSAAC and past Board Member of ASHA’s Special Interest
Division on AAC, Iris is currently a doctoral student in Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences at the City
University of NY Graduate Center and a private practitioner.
Jessica Gosnell, MS, CCC-SLP has been a Speech Language Pathologist in the Augmentative
Communication Program at Children’s Hospital Boston since 2008. Her clinical focus includes
assessment and intervention for children and adults who present with complex communication needs;
with special interest in high-tech users of AAC. She has lectured nationally and internationally on the
topic of high-tech AAC and has taught graduate level courses in Augmentative Communication at both
Mass General Institute of Health Professions & Northeastern University
Lewis Golinker, Esq., is the founder and director of the ATLC. He has 26 years of legal experience
representing people with disabilities who seek health benefits from third party funding programs. He
has extensive expertise securing coverage and funding for items of durable medical equipment in
general, and for AAC devices or speech generating devices in particular. The Assistive Technology Law
Center, Inc. (ATLC) is a public interest law firm located in Ithaca, New York. The ATLC provides
information and advocacy assistance to expand coverage and funding for assistive devices, including
Christy Horn, PhD has been a member of the University of Nebraska - Lincoln community for more than
20 years. She has dedicated her career to working with people with disabilities, helping them fulfill their
dreams and reach their goals in the areas of higher education and employment. Dr. Horn is an educator,
focusing on individuals with learning disabilities and researching ways to help these individuals learn
more effectively. She established Services for Students with Disabilities, a campus office which helps
students with disabilities navigate their college careers. She also serves as the ADA/504 Compliance
Officer for the University of Nebraska system. In this role, she works to insure that the University offers
equal educational and employment opportunities to individuals with disabilities. She is the 2009
Outstanding Contribution to Women Award from the Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women.
Lyle Lloyd, PhD, CCC-SLP/A Is a Professor In the Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences
with a joint appointment with Special Education. He holds certifications as a a speech pathologist and
an audiologist. His primary clinical research and teaching focus is the area of augmentative and
alternative communication (AAC) for individuals with severe communication problems related to
physical and/or cognitive disabilities. During 1984, Lloyd was a Fulbright Senior Research Scholar in AAC
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at the University of London. Lloyd is a Fellow of both the American Speech-Language-Hearing
Association (ASHA) and the American Association on Mental Retardation (AAMR). He has held numerous
elected and appointed offices in several professional organizations including serving as CEC Division for
Children with Communication Disorders President, founder and the first chair of the AAMR
Communication Disorders Division, and 1978 ASHA Program Committee Chair. He was a founder of the
International Society of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ISAAC), serving as the first Vice
President for Publications and then as an Editor of the Journal of Augmentative and Alternative
Communication (1986-93). He is the only person to receive the biennial ISAAC Presidents Award twice
(1988 and 1998). He also received the ISAAC Distinguished Service Award (1994) making him the only
person to receive both of ISAAC’s highest awards for his research and professional leadership in AAC.
Pat Ourand, MS, CCC-SLP is currently on Faculty at the Johns Hopkins University, Department of Special
Education and the Loyola University of Maryland Department of Education, Educational Technology
program. She is currently the President of Associated Speech & Language Services, Inc., a speechlanguage pathology practice, serving the Baltimore/Washington area, and specializing in assistive
technology (AT) and augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). Pat is the President-Elect of
the United States Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (USSAAC).
Gregg Vanderheiden Ph.D is Director of the Trace R&D Center and a Professor in both the Industrial &
Systems Engineering and Biomedical Engineering Departments at University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr.
Vanderheiden has been working on technology and disability for just under 40 years. He was a pioneer
in the field of Augmentative Communication (a term he coined in the 1970's) before moving to
computer access in the 1980s. Many of the accessibility features that are now built into every
Macintosh, Windows and Linux computer were created by his group in the 1980s. He has worked with
over 50 companies, served on numerous governmental advisory and study committees on both sides of
the ocean, and has chaired and/or edited many of the early accessibility standards.
Carole Zangari, PhD, CCC-SLP is on faculty at the Fischler School of Education and Human Services at
Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Zangari teaches required classes on AAC to master’s and doctoral
students. She also teaches online special topics courses in AAC that are taken both by students and
practicing professionals. Dr. Zangari also supports individuals who use AAC in the on-campus AAC Clinic.