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Thursday, January 14, 2016

Save the Date - AAC/AT in the Mountains (July 2016)


July 28 & 29 2016  

The Prospector  Lodge and Conference Center in Park City, UT 

Pati King-DeBaun, M.S. CCC-SLP  & Dan Herlihy,  AT Consultant

Early Bird Pricing!!!  Download   AAC-AT in the Mountains Fn

Purchase Now Early Bird Pricing ends soon!  ( Please fill out the application and mail in Attn AAC in Mountains)

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Workshop: Hands On Proloquo2Go

OC Quarterly Meeting - tomorrow, Jan 14

Orange County's Winter quarterly meeting will be tomorrow, Thursday, January 14th at the OC Dept of Ed. Come together to discuss "Assessment: Pros and Cons" and Implementation with dual sensory needs
Thank you to the hosts and moderators! Refreshments provided by Nancy Melgares.

When: Thursday, 1/14/16, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Where: OCDE, 200 Kalmus Drive, Costa Mesa, 92626
D Building, Room 1004 (see campus map, attached)
Who: AAC-interested folks. FREE as always, bring a colleague!

Mark your calendars for all of our Winter Quarterly Meetings:

San Diego Wednesday, February 3rd, 6-8:00 p.m. at San Diego Assistive Technology Center (new location)
  Topic: Case studies from local members

Ventura County - Thursday, February 4th, 6-8:00 p.m. at A1 Speech Therapy
  Topic: TBA

Westside - Thursday, February 11th, 6:00-7:30 p.m. at Language and Learning Centers of Los Angeles
  Topic: From Assessment to Funding: Obtaining AAC Devices

Pasadena - Tuesday, February 16th, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Villa Esperanza Services
  Topic: What I Have Learned...(news from ATIA and more, read on HERE)

Monday, January 11, 2016

Linda Burkhart Jan 22, 23, Register now!

We are thrilled to have Linda come out and do a workshop here in California. Across two days, she will present "Multi-modal Communication and Learning Strategies for Children who face Significant Challenges: Including Severe Multiple Disabilities and Children on the Autism Spectrum."  The use of PODD will be discussed. 

The Voice For Maddie Foundation will host Linda Burkhart at Loyola Marymount University (Westside LA) January 22 and 23rd (Fri/Sat, 8:30-4:30). Registration is $225 and includes parking and lunch both days and a 50-page handout. Unfortunately we were not able to obtain CEU's for this event. Registration is online at

Our thanks to Kathy Rausch, SLP, for alerting us to this opportunity. Please share with your colleagues and consider attending in a group. It's going to be a great couple of days.

Friday, January 8, 2016

FREE! South Pasadena's 4th Annual Special Needs Conference

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Save the Date:
SCAACN's Gwendolyn Eberhard will share info on Apps for Special Needs (Elem/Middle School) at South Pasadena's 4th Annual Special Needs Conference, Saturday 3/12/16. 

It's FREE, don't miss it!

FREE Webinars - Compiled by ATC

Free Webinars - Post-Secondary & Adults

Four from iCATER: no pre-reg. but log onto the webinar platform at 1pm Pacific, 4pm Eastern. (Download may be required so start 15 min. ahead.)
January 6  - Speak It! (text to speech)
January 13 - Readability (Chrome extension that aids website readability)
January 20 - Compass with Visual Scenes (Dynavox speech app)
January 27 - Dyscalculator (Calculator for those with dyscalculia.)

January 6 at 10am Pacific, 1pm Eastern - Post-Secondary Education and Students with Disabilities (rebroadcast)  from Southeast ADA Center and the ADA National Network

January 13 at 8:30am Pacific, 11:30am Eastern - Understanding Cerebral Palsy in the Workplacefrom JAN and DC Metro Business Leadership Network

January 26 at 11am Pacific, 2pm Eastern - Using Web Technology for Distribution of Accessible E-books for Students from EASI

January 27 at 8am Pacific, 11am Eastern - Is ‘Active Listening’ The Key To Independent Note-taking? from AbleNet

January 28 4:30pm Pacfic, 7:30pm Eastern- How Your Smartphone Can be a Boost to Your Education, Career Readiness, and Daily Life from Pacer (90 min.)

Free Webinars - K-12 Educators & Parents

January 7 at 5pm Pacific, 8pm Eastern - All Means ALL: Including Students with Intensive Support Needs Using the UDL Framework from the UDL-IRN Network & Learn Series

January 12 at 10am Pacific, 1pm Eastern - Can Assistive Technology Flip The Classroom For All?from Ablenet

January 19 at 10am Pacific, 1pm Eastern - Let’s Look at Chrome: Apps & Extensions for Reading from Ablenet

January 20 at 1pm Pacific, 4pm Eastern - AT and App support for Executive Functioning, Middle School through Post-Secondary from CTD

January 25 at 4:30pm Pacfic, 7:30pm Eastern - Including AT in the IFSP or IEP from PACER

January 26 at 10am Pacific, 1pm Eastern - Let’s Look at Chrome: Apps & Extensions for Writing from Ablenet
All sessions start at 3:30PM Pacific, 6:30PM Eastern, except as noted.
January 11- iPad Accessibility Overview
January 12 - Clicker Apps: A Continuum of Writing Supports
January 13 -Making Movies with Sign Language & Closed Captioning using iMovie
January 14 at 5pm Pacific, 8pm Eastern - AAC Assessment
January 19 - Switch It Up: Engaging Switch Activities
January 20 - Movie Making with Android
January 21 - Book Study: Quality Indicators for AT (Chapter 1&2)
January 25 - Touch Chat Introduction & Customization          
January 26 - Reading and Writing Tools for LD Students
January 27 - Boardmaker Basics webinar    
February 1 - TextHelp Supports Across Platforms
February 2 - SymbolStix Online – New FUNctionality
February 3 - Reading Accommodations using BookShare

Jan 2016 Training from PRC

Making AAC Work!   LIVE Online Implementation Classes

Our AAC implementation classes focus on teaching individuals how to better use and integrate their communication devices.  The following trainings are offered in January 2016.
AAC in the Home: For Parents, From Parents
  • Date: January 12, 2016 (Tuesday)
  • Time: 3:00p.m. - 4:00p.m. ET
  • ASHA CEUs: 0
  • Price: $24.00     
"This course helped refocus my attention on using the device to communicate at home". Kathy S.
It's Not Rocket Science Part 1:
Planning Language Lessons from
Core Standards
  • Date: January 12, 2016 (Tuesday)
  • Time:  5:00p.m. - 6:00p.m. ET
  • ASHA CEUs: 0.1
  • Price: $35.00      
"A very informative and necessary workshop for ANYONE working with students with AAC devices, particularly in an academic setting.  THIS INFORMATION WILL HELP US INCLUDE OUR STUDENTS WITH COMPLEX COMMUNICATION NEEDS IN GRADE LEVEL ACADEMICS." Terre H.
It's Not Rocket Science Part 2:
Planning Language Lessons from
Core Standards
  • Date: January 14, 2016 (Thursday)
  • Time:  1:00p.m. - 2:00p.m. ET
  • ASHA CEUs: 0.1
  • Price: $35.00      
AAC Evaluations: Painting a Successful Submission  • Date: January 15, 2016 (Friday)
  • Time:  10:00a.m. - 11:00a.m. ET
  • ASHA CEUs: 0.1
  • Price: $35.00

"This was a quick and easy guide for submission of reports.  All questions were answered and it was delivered in a very clear way".  Kim K.
Teaching Language in the Classroom:
Speaking, Reading and Writing with AAC
  • Date: January 19, 2016 (Tuesday)
  • Time:  4:00p.m. - 5:00p.m. ET
  • ASHA CEUs: 0.1
  • Price: $35.00      
"This was a great course for learning how to incorporate devices into daily activities in a classroom!"  Rachel F.
Apps to Help Grow Language  • Date: January 20, 2016 (Wednesday)
  • Time:  4:00p.m. - 5:00p.m. ET
  • ASHA CEUs: 0.1
  • Price: $35.00      
"I loved this course.  It was fun and really got me thinking about 'fun' ways to teach new vocabulary or reinforce learned vocabulary." Marsha B.
Getting Beyond Basic Requesting  • Date: January 25, 2016 (Monday)
  • Time:  10:00a.m. - 11:00a.m. ET
  • ASHA CEUs: 0.1
  • Price: $35.00      
"PRC online trainings are quick and efficient.  I loved that I could take my lunch to learn something new that I could start incorporating immediately into my therapy plans." Teresa H.

AAC 101: Using Early Language Development
to Guide AAC Intervention
  • Date: January 27, 2016 (Wednesday)
  • Time:  12:00p.m. - 1:00p.m. ET
  • ASHA CEUs: 0.1
  • Cost: $35.00      

"I found this to be one of the most enjoyable trainings I have participated in.  From the cost to the ease of interaction.  Lots of valuable information in a short period of time.  Thank you." Pier R.
Ten Tips to Help Grow Language  • Date: January 28, 2016 (Thursday)
  • Time:  1:00p.m. - 2:30p.m. ET
  • ASHA CEUs: 0.15
  • Cost: $49.00      

"I am not an SLP.  I am a grandmother/caretaker doing my best to be a good conversation partner for my grandson.  Online courses like this help me accomplish my goals! Barbara K.
Master the Technology!  LIVE Online Product Training Classes
Our product training classes are designed to help master the technology.
Accent: Operations and Programming
  • Date: 
January 11, 2016 (Monday)
  • Time: 
4:00p.m. - 6:00p.m. ET
  • Price: FREE
CoreScanner: Vocabulary Review and Basic Setup
  • Date: 
January 11, 2016 (Monday)  • Time: 3:00p.m. - 5:00p.m. ET
  • Price: FREE
LAMP Words for Life (WFL): Vocabulary Review and Practice
  • Date: 
January 20, 2016 (Wednesday)          January 21, 2017(Thursday)  • Time: 7:00p.m. - 8:30p.m. ET                       7:00p.m. - 8:30p.m. ET
  • Price: FREE                                                   FREE
REGISTER NOW                                                REGISTER NOW
Unity®: Vocabulary Review and Practice
  • Date: 
January 21, 2016 (Thursday)
  • Time: 
12:00p.m. - 2:00p.m. ET
  • Price: FREE
On Demand Product Training
Unity®Vocabulary Builder: The Basics
Spanish Unity: Vocabulary Review and Practice
LAMP Words for Life: Vocabulary Review and Practice
CoreScanner: Vocabulary Review and Basic Setup
CoreScanner: Blast
Accent, ECO2,and Vantage Lite: Operations and Programming
Words for Life NOVA Edition: Operations and Programming
Accent™ with EssenceFunding for Speech-Generating Devices (SGD): Stepping through the Process

YouTube Playlists
Accent™ and Previous Devices
NuEye Learning Series

LAMP Words for Life Application for iPad
LAMP Words for Life: Vocabulary Review and Practice
Words for Life: Features and Programming for LAMP
Video Tutorials and Quick Reference Guides
Shedding Some Light on LAMP
Introduction to Lamp Words for LifeAttend a LAMP Training

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2 Registrations = 5% Discount
3-5 Registrations = 10% Discount
6+ Registrations = 15% Discount

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