Thursday, October 15, 2015

Free online webinar: Low-tech AAC (Augmentative or Alternative Communication) for children

The Utah Assistive Technology Program (UATP) will present a FREE online interactive training, “Low-tech AAC for children,” on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015, from 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. MST.

Man attempting to make a call using corded phone while wearing headphones.
Is your AAC method working?
Augmentative or Alternative Communication (AAC) is any device, system, or method that improves the ability of a child with a communication impairment to communicate effectively.  Fancy devices with a lot of features have their place, but low tech is often easier to use, more diversified for different users and a larger variety environments (and don't have batteries that die). Our session will focus on low- to mid-tech communication styles, which will include different techniques and demonstrate a variety of devices that can be used for successful communication. 

This webinar will be presented by Kent Remund. He has worked in the field of assistive technology for the past 15 years in a variety of settings.  He is the current project director for the Utah Assistive Technology Teams (UATT) as well as an assistive technology specialist for the Utah Center for Assistive Technology (UCAT). He has extensive experience assisting, evaluating and assessing children and adults with the appropriate selection of assistive technology tools.   
Kent Remund of UCAT.
Kent Remund inspecting FDR's wheelchair.

In order to participate, you will need a computer with high-speed Internet access. 

RSVP: If you are interested in joining please RSVP by Tuesday, Oct. 20th. Contact Storee Powell via email, or call 435-797-7412. Participant instructions will be emailed to you.

If you are a screen reader user, or need any other accommodations in order to participate in the training, please contact UATP Program Director Sachin Pavithran at 435-797-6572 or, no later than Monday, Oct. 19th to make arrangements to participate via phone. Please feel free to pass on this information to anyone that you think might be interested.

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