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Sunday, July 13, 2014

ADA Online Learning: Apps for Accessibility, 7/24

July 24, 2014 » High Quality Apps for Accessibility


Both Apple's App Store for iOS and Google's Google Play Store for Android have over a million apps available to download for their various devices. That's a lot of choices! In this session Jonathan Campbell will talk about and share some of the best apps for accessibility. You'll learn about high quality apps for reading, writing, communication, and more. We'll explore apps that can be used to magnify print documents for low vision, read books out loud for individuals with dyslexia, and identify objects for the blind. With over a million apps available we'll look at some the best needles in that giant haystack.Learning Objectives:
  1. Learn about standout accessibility apps in the Apple iOS App Store and Android Google Play Store
  2. Learn about apps that can assist with access to digital materials
  3. Learn about apps for accessing the world around you
1:00-2:30PM CT

Register and read more from ADA Online Learning, HERE

Monday, July 7, 2014

JOBS! Villa Esperanza Services Speech & Language Center

The Speech and Language Center at Villa Esperanza Services, directed by Gwendolyn Meier, SLP, MT, is currently hiring for licensed speech-language pathologist* to fill a full-time, 12-month position.  While responsibilities will be somewhat flexible, this clinician will primarily treat toddlers and preschoolers referred by Kaiser Permanente who have speech and language delays (i.e., pediatric patients with no identified developmental disability). This candidate will be offered opportunities for on-the-job training and experience working with students who have autism (ages 5-22 years) as well as augmentative and alternative communication systems and supports related to school-based treatment.

*Strong Clinical Fellow candidates will be considered.

Applications will be accepted July 21-August 8. 
Anticipated start date September 2, 2014.

Please send a current resume and cover letter to to Human Resources at

Apply in person: 9am – 12pm Mon – Fri / 2060 E. Villa Street Pasadena, CA 91107


Villa Esperanza Services is a non-profit organization established in 1961, located in Pasadena and Thousand Oaks, CA, that serves individuals with disabilities in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties with a range of educational, vocational, and residential programs for children, adults and seniors.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Summer Hiatus

For those that have not yet noticed a drop off in posts - the So-Cal AAC Network will be taking a de-facto hiatus for the summer. 

We wish you many great adventures at the beach, in the park, at the pool or in camp! 
Please practice some messages to share with those you love upon your return to regular schedules in August!

AAC Survey for SLPs

From ASHA's SIG 12 AAC Community page:

Are you a clinically certified speech-language pathologist?

Would you like to participate in research?

Augmentative and Alternative Communication can be a source of apprehension for some speech-language pathologists. The purpose of this study is to gather information about speech-language pathologists' perceived capability concerning AAC service delivery and knowledge of traditional models of language development and make determinations in response to 5 brief case studies. 

This online study will take approximately 20-30 minutes to complete. If eligibility is confirmed, you will be asked to provide background information with respect to your education and perceptions of AAC service delivery. 

If you are interested in participating, please follow the link below or copy and paste the URL below into your internet browser: ?SID=SV_5vuOtvQ1kw93Fn7 

If you have any questions please call (704) 566-2899 or Thank you, in advance, for your participation. 
This research is being conducted by Jamila Minga, M.S., CCC-SLP and Celeste Helling, M.A., CCC-SLP, ATP at the North Carolina Assistive Technology Program.  

Celeste Helling
Charlotte, NC