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Quarterly Meetings - OC


Orange County, CA - (tentative) 3rd Thursdays for 2015, 6:00pm-8:00pm
Orange County's Winter quarterly meeting will be 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!

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Summer 2015 - Thursday, August 6th, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Orange County Office of Education, Costa Mesa, CA
    Topic: 
  • AAC and Early Literacy Experiences
  • Literacy Implementation and AAC (Actual Reading Instruction)
  • Funding for a Speech Generating Device through California Children’s Services:
  • Collaborate with CCS to obtain a SGD: How to Develop a Successful Team Approach

Spring 2015 - Thursday, April 16, 2015
     Topic: (Notes from the meeting - COMING SOON!)
  • Margaret Vento-Wilson, SLP, will present a research brief on her study, "The Effect of Training on AAC Use in Acute Care."
  • Margaret Perkins, SLP, will share the stories of 2 complex communicators on her caseload as well as insights and ideas she gains from attending ATIA 2015 in Orlando.
  • Announcements & advocacy update

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Winter 2015 - Thursday, January 15, 2015
     Topic: Innagural meeting 

  • We discussed the topics and activities of the quarterly meetings that have been held in Pasadena since 2010, and the needs and interests that you see in your local community, and your visions for the OC chapter of the SoCal AAC Network!
Meeting Notes from 1/15/15 - Thursday's planning meeting was a rousing success! We were sorry to have to keep our numbers small, but glad to get the networking going in Orange County. Twelve minds came together and settled on a plan of action. I hope you will weigh in via the 3-question survey (LINK here and below) and forward this email to other AAC-interested professionals on your Contacts list.

The agenda included:

1. Introductions
2. Announcements
  • Paul Richard shared this excerpt from Ed Code (LINK) on the provision of assistive technology related services. It's remarkable how broad the list of qualified providers stretches!
  • Rani Wasano shared this AAC job announcements for OC and LA counties (LINK)
  • Margaret Vento-Wilson invited all to participate in the first ever AAC Luncheon at the annual California Speech and Hearing Convention in Long Beach (March 5-8). Day and location TBA.
3. Review of SCAAC-N L.A. activities, meetings, and topics 2010-present
4. Logistics for the O.C. branch
  • Quarterly, evening meetings in January, April, July, October. Day-of-the-week TBD. Please participate in this 3-question survey to weigh in on your preferences (LINK)
  • Meeting location: OC Department of Ed (thank you, Paul!) based on space allowance (20+)
  • All volunteer (site, snacks, participation), no $$
Topic ideas for future OC meetings: 
(person responsible in parentheses where applicable)
  • Presentation of challenging questions in order to get input from colleagues. Use of a standard framework for such case presentations (P. Richard).
  • Compare and contrast tools that have worked for your clients/students (beyond a checklist: how it was introduced, how the learner became familiar, use by the team, use across settings), 
  • Implementation and getting the team on board with AAC
  • AAC in hospitals, clinics, and other non-school settings
  • Policy and advocacy news - a quarterly report (M. Perkins)
  • Current research in AAC - quarterly report on recent published data (M. Vento-Wilson)
  • Offering CEUs for participating in Network events (K. Tan)
  • Inclusion of AAC parents in future activities
  • Collaborating with CSHA District 8 on future training events
  • Possible full-day AAC workshop(s), mini-conferences regionally in the future
  • Resource sharing (G. Eberhard alluded to support docs from San Diego USD's AT Team, LINK here)
Next OC meeting:
  • 3rd week of April 2015 (day TBD, please participate in the survey), 6:00-8:00 pm.
  • Location: OC Department of Ed, 200 Kalmus Drive, Costa Mesa, 92626
April 2015 Topics:
  • Margaret Vento-Wilson, SLP, will present a research brief on her study, "The Effect of Training on AAC Use in Acute Care."
  • Margaret Perkins, SLP, will share the stories of 2 complex communicators on her caseload as well as insights and ideas she gains from attending ATIA 2015 in Orlando.
  • Announcement & advocacy update
FREE as always! Please invite an AAC-interested colleague.

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