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Sunday, February 19, 2012

Online Conference: Partner Instruction in AAC (June)

Mary Ann Lowe
Boca Raton FL
Exciting news!  ASHA will be presenting an online conference developed in cooperation the SIG 12 (Special Interest Group, Division 12, AAC).  

Cathy Binger and Jennifer Kent-Walsh are coordinating the efforts to produce the conference: Partner Instruction in AAC:  Strategies for Building Circles of Support.  The topic provides information on how to enhance communication potential for clients by working with families, friends, caregivers, and other communication partners.  Up-to-date information on partner instruction will be provided for:  Adults with aphasia, adults with acquired disorders/minimal movement, working adults who use AAC, pre-symbolic children, children with autism spectrum disorders, and children with sensory impairments.
The dates of the conference are scheduled for June 13-25, 2012 (registration begins March 1).  This online conference format will provide recorded lectures that are available on demand, lots of interaction with speakers, and lots of CEUs.
P.S. It's not inexpensive.
More info from ASHA's website:

Partner Instruction in AAC

Strategies for Building Circles of Support

Wednesday, June 13 - Monday, June 25, 2012
On online conference developed in cooperation with ASHA Special Interest Group 12, Augmentative and Alternative Communication
Enhance the communication potential of your clients who use AAC by working effectively with their families, friends, caregivers, and other communication partners. From recorded lectures by prominent clinicians and researchers, you’ll get up-to-date information on partner instruction for:
  • Adults with aphasia
  • Adults with acquired disorders/minimal movement
  • Working adults who use AAC (instruction for employers and colleagues)
  • Pre-symbolic children
  • Children with autism spectrum disorders
  • Children with sensory impairments
...and more!
Other sessions will address the IMPAACT Program, parent-focused interventions, bilingual environments, and peer-mediated interventions for children.
In this online conference, you’ll have on-demand access to thirteen recorded lectures by prominent clinicians and researchers including Jennifer Kent Walsh, Cathy Binger, David Beukleman, David McNaughton, MaryAnn Romski, Rose Sevcik, and more. Plus, live, online text-based "chats" with the speakers let you get first-hand answers from the experts.
Full conference information is coming this page!

Why you’ll love the online conference format

  • Recorded lectures are available on demand. You can watch them on any desktop or laptop computer, at any time that fits your schedule. (Sorry, mobile devices are not supported.)
  • No travel. You can participate at home or work.
  • Lots of interaction with speakers. In live, text-based "chat" sessions, you have the chance to get answers to your questions. Discussion threads linked to each lecture involve speakers and participants in ongoing, topic-focused discussions.
  • Lots of CEUs. We estimate that you’ll be able to earn as many as 2.6 ASHA CEUs (26 professional development hours) for this event.


Conference registration will be available beginning March 1.
Below are the registration fees for the conference:
Early Bird Registration
(on or before May 30)
Regular Registration
(May 30 or later)
ASHA Member and SIG Affiliate $269 $299
ASHA Member $299 $329
Nonmember $369 $399

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