North Carolina Augmentative Communication Association

2015 Conference

2015 NCACA Conference

THE NORTH CAROLINA AUGMENTATIVE COMMUNICATION ASSOCIATION 32nd ANNUAL CONFERENCE

“Making Teamwork Work in NC: An AAC Guide”
February 19th & 20th, 2015
The Hawthorne Inn, Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Overview of the Conference

Bringing together augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) consumers, family members and professionals, the Annual NCACA Conference continues to provide a forum for learning and sharing essential information. For individuals who experience communication challenges, the use of augmentative and alternative communication and assistive technology are often critical in facilitating independence, fostering social and emotional well-being as well as expanding and enriching activities of daily living. Thursday, February 19, we are fortunate to have Celeste Helling and Libby Rush presenting strategies to facilitate a team approach for dynamic assessment and implementation of AAC across the lifespan. We are pleased to offer a unique structure in the afternoon which allows participants to continue learning about the team approach for dynamic assessment and implementation of AAC with the option to choose a specific area of interest: Adults (led by Celeste Helling), School Age (led by Kris Drum and team), or Birth - 5 (led by Karen Casey and team). NCACA is excited to include therapists, educators, and parents as team session instructors. Friday, February 20th will consist of breakout sessions related to augmentative communication, literacy, assistive technology, family/consumer topics, vendor products and make-it-take-it workshops.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this conference, participants should be able to:

  1. Discuss the role of communication partners in maximizing the communicative potential for persons with communications disabilities.
  2. Discuss implementation strategies for AAC users in a variety of settings
  3. Explain dynamic assessment procedures, strategies, resources and tips.
  4. Describe current therapeutic and instructional strategies for AAC users
  5. Recall an array of low tech to high tech devices for use with AAC consumers

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