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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Upcoming Trainings from ATEC (Santa Ana)

ATEC is located at the Goodwill Fitness and Technology Center
1601 East St. Andrew Place, Santa Ana, CA 92705
Professional Development Trainings
Course Objectives & Registration form2015 ATEC Professional Development Registration Form

Proloquo2Go Crash Course
Wednesday, March 11th, 2015 from 9-5 p.m.
Presented by: Randi Wasano, Speech-Language Pathologist, certified Proloquo2Go trainer
Cost: $140/per person 
Location: ATEC
Description: Review layout of Proloquo2Go, how to create a new user and the different vocabulary options available. Review basic programming and editing processes, button/folder and page properties, VocaPriority feature and Expressive Power feature. Review Appearance, Speech, Access Methods, Interaction, Grammar, Prediction, Vocabulary, Restrictions, Privacy, General Options and Social Sharing. Review guided access, creating manual boards, iPad accessories, etc. Discuss specific cases through case study and discussion.
Course filling up, REGISTER NOW!
Beginner's Guide to AT Assessment
Tuesday, March 17th, 2015 from 9-3:30 p.m.
Presented by: Kevin Daugherty, Rehabilitation Engineer, ATP
Cost: $120/per person
Location: ATEC
Description: Overview of an Assistive Technology Assessment for a school setting. Learn principles for how to match assistive technology equipment to a student's needs. Develop a collaborative approach with the IEP team. Examples of Assistive Technology implementation with case studies and examples.

Beginner's Guide to AAC Assessment
Tuesday, March 18th, 2015 from 9-3:30 p.m.
Presented by: Randi Wasano, Speech-Language Pathologist
Cost: $120/per person
Location: ATEC
Description: Have you recently been asked to play the role of AAC assessor and have no idea where to start? Do you need a practical and realistic framework for AAC assessment? Then this course is for you! We will discuss the following: What is Augmentative Alternative Communication (AAC)? When is an AAC assessment warranted? Why should we assess? Types of AAC & Myths and facts about AAC, and the basic framework for AAC assessment and feature matching.
For more information or to register for any of the professional development trainings offered, please contact Lauren Wetzler or (714) 361-6200 ext. 226.  You may also complete the registration form listed above and send completed form to Lauren Wetzler via email or mail. Space is limited, pre-registration is required.

Would you like to provide input regarding professional development training topics we offer so we can better serve you? Please take a few minutes to complete this short survey:
Individualized Workshops & Trainings for Organizations
The clinical and technical staff at ATEC can provide individualized workshops and trainings on specific areas of assistive technology for your organization! Topics include, but not limited to;Introduction to AT, Augmentative Alternative Communication (AAC), iDevices and Apps, Microsoft Accessibility, and specific AT equipment and software, such as Dragon Naturally Speaking, ZoomText, JAWS and much more!
Contact Lauren Wetzler at (714) 361.6200 x226or to inquire about an individualized training or workshop for your organization.  
Hosted Vendor Trainings

PRC Trainings at ATEC
PRC Training Flyer (February-May 2015): PRC Trainings at ATEC Flyer (Feb-May 2015)
Trainings are free of charge, however space is limited. Registration is required. To register, please contact Cynthia Heryanto, PRC Consultant at or call(330) 749.2147

Introduction to LAMP Words for Life for Accent
(0.3 ASHA CEUs provided)
Thursday, March 12th from 1 - 4 p.m.
Location: ATEC
Cost: FREE
FlyerPRC Training - March 2015 - Intro to LAMP Words for Life for Accent
Description: In this three-hour course, participants will learn about the LAMP WFL vocabularies, programming and customizing those vocabularies and basic implementation strategies. The difference between LAMP and LAMP WFL will be discussed as well as the three levels of LAMP WFL-84 1-hit, 84 transition and 84 full. The first segment will cover customizing and adding words to the vocabulary. A variety of tools an strategies for teaching WFL will be reviewed. Hands-on practice in encouraged throughout the course, so come prepared to learn and practice. This course is intended for people who are currently using or interested in learning more about the LAMP Words for Life vocabulary on either an Accent device or the LAMP WFL iPad app. This course briefly discusses the LAMP approach but it is not a LAMP training.

AAC Teaching Strategies
(0.15 ASHA CEUs provided)
Tuesday, April 7th from 12 - 1:30 p.m.
Location: ATEC
Cost: FREE
FlyerPRC Training - April 2015 - AAC Teaching Strategies
Description: This seminar will offer practical teaching strategies to use when working with someone who is learning language with AAC. It will cover a variety of topics including: providing time to explore, immediate responses, teaching multiple meanings of words and making learning language fun. Participants will learn quick and easy strategies that can be used routinely during AAC intervention. Therapy ideas and video examples are provided throughout. Strategies presented in this course are not device specific. This course is relevant for anyone who is working with a child who uses a communication device.

Saltillo Trainings at ATEC
Trainings are free of charge, however space is limited. Registration is required. To register, please contact Belva Holman, Saltillo Consultant at or call (619) 994.239 

Learn about NovaChat, Features, and Vocabulary
Wednesday, March 25th from 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Overview on NovaChat: Learn how to Edit, Sync, Update and more
Tuesday, April 28th from 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Communication in Rett Syndrome - Lariviere & Norwell

Hello Rett Syndrome Educators Network,

Is communication simply making choices or answering yes or no? No, we know it's much richer than that!  Learning how to move your children/students towards “real” communication is crucial to their success.
Please watch and share this recorded presentation by Judy Lariviere, M.Ed., OTR/L and Susan Norwell, M.A. from’s 2014 Conference that was recently posted to our YouTube channel.
You can also access the slides here for better viewing.
In addition, download this exceptional keynote article by Judy Lariviere from Closing the Gap 2014.

The presentations found here in this message replace our monthly live presentation.  We will resume as normal in April.
Your children/students CAN learn to communicate with the right supports! 
Jennifer Endres
Family Resource Manager is accelerating research for treatments and a cure for Rett syndrome. As the world’s leading private funder of Rett research, we have funded more than $35 million in peer-reviewed research grants and programs to date. We empower families to make a difference. We are a 501(c)3 organization, earning Charity Navigator’s most prestigious 4-star rating. to learn more, or call (800) 818-7388.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015


As you may know, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has made several changes over the past year that have threatened patient access to Speech Generating Devices (SGDs) and SGD-related eye tracking accessories. We are excited to announce that, through the strong leadership of Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers from the State of Washington and Senator David Vitter from Louisiana, The Steve Gleason Act of 2015 was introduced to help correct the course of Medicare policy related to SGDs.
The legislation has already been endorsed by:
  • Tobii Dynavox
  • Team FrateTrain (Pete Frates' advocacy organization)
  • ALS Association
  • American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA)
  • The Center for Medicare Advocacy
  • American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)
  • United Spinal Association
  • Team Gleason (Steve Gleason's advocacy organization)
  1. Contact your Representative and ask him or her to co-sponsor bill H.R. 628 To find your local Representative:
  2. If one or more of your members of Congress is on the following list, please write and thank them for their sponsorship and leadership on The Steve Gleason Act of 2015:
Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers (Washington State)
Senator Amy Klobuchar (Minnesota)
Senator Angus King (Maine)
Representative Erik Paulsen (Minnesota)
Representative Steve Scalise (Louisiana)
When you contact your members of Congress let them know about your support and ask them to co-sponsor H.R. 628 (The Steve Gleason Act of 2015) because you believe it will help protect Medicare beneficiary access to the communications technologies. The bill aims to do this by achieving two goals: (1) removing SGDs from the DME payment category of “Capped Rental” and placing it in the “Routinely Purchased” category; and (2) by clarifying statutory language to make clear that Medicare covers eye tracking technology for those patients who need eye tracking in order to use their SGD. It is important to support this bill to ensure that Medicare beneficiaries will be able to continue to communicate with their families and caregivers, participate in society, and contribute to their own care.
Please visit to learn more.
Thank you!
Fredrik Ruben

President at Tobii Dynavox

Thursday, February 12, 2015

AAC Lunch at CSHA - Friday, 3/6, 12:00

Thanks to the AAC heroes in Orange County, this casual BYO luncheon at the Annual CSHA Convention will give AAC-interested parties from the region a chance to gather and talk about the possibilities for networking, training, and mentoring in AAC.

Date:         March 6th, 2015
Time:        12:00 to 1:00
Location:  CSHA Annual Convention in The Pacific Room at the Long Beach Hyatt.
Purpose:  Starting a Special Interest Group for AAC for Orange County & Beyond

BYO Lunch!

Thursday, February 5, 2015

JOBS! Downey USD, Short-Term AAC position

Downey Unified is looking for a temporary SLP from April to June, 2015, preferably one with AAC certification/training. If interested in applying via a referral agency, contact Jeanette Adamowicz at Summit Speech Therapy. 

Or try Downey directly!

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Webinar - Communication Technology for Toddlers

Communication Technology for ToddlersWednesday, February 18th • 10:00AM
Training Type: Webinar
Location: Blackboard Collaborate Webinar Platform
Presenters: Jamie Crum, Med, ECSE, has over 22 years experience removing barriers for individuals with complex communication, physical access and developmental disabilities. He has presented at international and local conferences on assistive technology, education and augmentative alternative communication (AAC) systems. Jamie strives to find creative solutions for families, support staff, and programs as they support individuals with complex communication needs.
This training webinar will address the following questions:

What is AAC, Alternative and Augmentative Communication?

What technologies are available to help young children?

What prerequisite skills are required for young children to benefit from an AAC system?

What can I do with this Ipad/Android Tablet to help my child communicate?

Is funding for Speech Generating Devices (SGD) available? 

Where can I get an AAC Evaluation?

Attendee InformationThe Ability Tools provides real-time captioning for all webinars. If you need additional accommodation(s) to participate in an Ability Tools training or event, requests must be made no later than two weeks prior to the training or event by emailing our program coordinator at or contacting 1-800-390-2699 or 1-800-900-0706 TTY.