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AAC Awareness Month: Diversity, Access, and Representation

By Kathryn Helland | October 16, 2020
This year, October feels especially important. The US is getting ready for the presidential election and people with disabilities are looking for ways to vote safely during a pandemic. We continue to grapple with the challenges posed by racial inequity.…
October is AAC Awareness Month Hey, Check Out These AAC App Sales! • Assistiveware: for Mac and iOS all ON SALE October 12-16 o Proloquo2Govwas $249.00 –sale price $125.00 o Proloquo4Text was $119.99 –sale price $60.00 o Gateway Vocabulary set was $149.99 – sale price $75.00 • Predictable: for iOS Android, and Windows. Was $159.00 –sale price $130.00 ON SALE October 12-16 • LAMP Words For Life: for iOS. Was $299.99 –sale price $150.00 ON SALE October 14-18 • TouchChat HD with WordPower: for iOS. Was $299.99 – sale price $150.00 ON SALE October 14-18 • Avaz AAC Lifetime Edition: for iOS and Android. Was $199.99– sale price $100.00 ON SALE October 1-15 • CoughDrop: for Windows, iOS, and Android. Was $249.99– sale price $125.00 ON SALE October 5-9 • Speak For Yourself!: for iOS was $299.99– sale price$150.00 on sale October 1-8 • Alexicom AAC All Elements Vocabulary Sets: for Mac and iOS. o App is FREE o Vocabulary sets 50% off ON SALE October 11-18

October Means AAC App Sales

By Kathryn Helland | September 30, 2020
Twice a year, AAC apps go on sale. They are typically 50% off, so it is a great time to buy.  October is International AAC Awareness Month. This commemoration was established in 2007 by ISAAC; the International Society for Augmentative…
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AAC and Descriptive Teaching: Let Me Show You What I Know

By Kathryn Helland | July 29, 2020
During the pandemic, speech therapists and teachers have understandably focused more on the HOW of teaching than the WHAT. They have been challenged like never before. Google Classroom, Whiteboard, Jamboard, screen mirroring, document cameras…. Who would have imagined that these…
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AAC and Emergency Preparation: Disasters During the Pandemic

By Kathryn Helland | July 23, 2020
Hurricanes, wildfires, and earthquakes, oh my. Emergency Preparation has usually been focused on disasters that cause people to leave their homes and seek shelter. However, “E Prep” too often leaves out people with disabilities.  Shelters may not be accessible, and…
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College & AAC

By Kathryn Helland | July 6, 2020
AAC users can be found in many professional fields. They may be writers, physicists, computer scientists, or social workers. Some of these areas require a college education. We invited Mark Steidl to share with us some of the strategies he…
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Practice Perspective: Connection/Compliance

By Hali Strickler | June 16, 2020
Janice Light said it best: “Communication is the essence of human life.”  When defining this “human life”, there’s no simple answer.  Take an internet deep dive and you will find a sea of perspectives.  You’ll probably find a lot of…
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Complex Communication Needs and Safety

By Kathryn Helland | June 4, 2020
The world feels very unpredictable these days. It is urgent, especially under the current circumstances, that we keep our non-speaking adults from having adverse interactions out in the community.  Ongoing unrest may combine with ableist assumptions to make adults with…
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AAC App Support on YouTube

By Kathryn Helland | May 7, 2020
Whether you are borrowing an iPad with AAC apps, or you now have your new speech generating device, you will most likely need to edit some buttons to personalize the app. You may want to add family photos, favorite places,…
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AAC, Smartphones & Video Chats: Games We Can Play

By Kathryn Helland | April 27, 2020
After what feels like a year of social isolation, we all need some new ways of interacting and engaging.  Families of AAC users might be craving some new activities that will inspire language – and fun! Most of us have…
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ACES Postponed

By Kathryn Helland | April 6, 2020
Please see this link for news about ACES: https://techowlpa.org/news/aces-2020-postponed/ The in-person program is now scheduled for the summer of 2021.

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