Webinars

**Unless otherwise indicated, all ISAAC International webinars are recorded and will be made available here for viewing.**

Cortical Visual Impairment:
The Everyday Impact on People who use AAC

Tuesday, June 6, 2017
7:00-8:00 pm ET

Register here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3357206305604951299

 

Part of the USSAAC Webinar Series.

Presenter:  Dr. Christine Roman-Lantzy, Ph.D.

Facilitator:  Sarah Blackstone, PhD, CCC-SLP

USSAAC Education Committee:  Sarah Blackstone, Betsy Caporale, Gretchen Cole-Lade, Amy Goldman, Amanda Hettenhausen, Mike Hipple, Richard Hurtig, Stephanie Meehan, Wendy Quach,  and Lisa Timm

Seminar Highlights:  This webinar focuses on people in the AAC community who are at risk for cortical visual impairment (CVI). CVI is the largest cause of visual impairment in children. Because vision plays a key role in the development of language and communication, and because AAC approaches depend so heavily on vision, family members and AAC providers need to know about CVI. This webinar will increase awareness and provide strategies for assessing and planning interventions for individuals with CVI.

Speaker Bio:  Dr. Christine Roman-Lantzy, Ph.D. is a world leader in furthering understanding, assessment, and intervention strategies for individuals with Cortical Vision Impairment (CVI). She created the widely used CVI Range – a functional vision assessment tool. Dr. Roman-Lantzy lectures internationally regarding CVI educational materials and strategies. She remains clinically active, working closely with children with CVI and their families. She has degrees in Elementary Education and Special Education/Visual Impairment, with a Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh. Her research has demonstrated that the caregivers of infants are able to reliably report the presence or absence of characteristics of CVI.  Dr. Roman-Lantzy is Director of the Pediatric VIEW Program at The Western Pennsylvania Hospital, Pittsburgh PA. She recently revised her book, Cortical Visual Impairment: An Approach to Assessment and Intervention, and is testing a screening instrument that identifies infants with CVI. She also works closely with AAC teams, helping family members and clinicians develop visual skills while building language, fostering communication, learning, and participation.

ASHA CEUs:

  • ASHA CEUs are available free to USSAAC/ISAAC members only. For non-members, the cost is $25.
  • ASHA CEUs are only available for those attending the live webinar.
  • For details, please visit the USSAAC website.

Please Note:  Attendance is only guaranteed for up to the first 100 confirmed registrants who connect to the webinar.

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Webinar Archives

When Getting Started is Tough, How the Tough Get Going: Fostering emergent language in profound expressive language disorders among children & adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders – April 5, 2017

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Presenter: Lucas Steuber, MA Applied Linguistics, MS CCC-SLP

Facilitator: Lisa Timm, MS CCC-SLP

USSAAC Education Committee: Stephanie Meehan, Wendy Quach, Amanda Hettenhausen, Sarah Blackstone, Lisa Timm, Mike Hipple, Betsy Caporale, & Gretchen Cole-Lade

Seminar Highlights:

One of the most frequently asked questions from educators, parents, and service professionals that is posed to AAC specialists is how to get over the “hump” – what do you do when a child on the Autism Spectrum does not have a reliable yes/no? When they will not interact with a low-, mid-, or high-tech communication system? And then, once we have single words for greetings, yes/no, and requesting, how do we grow from there? What do you do when
you’re stumped – when growth feels impossible?

Discussion will include the theoretical underpinnings between the purpose of language, the symbolic nature of language, the metacognitive skills required to understand the both, unique challenges presented to emergent communicators with ASD, and – finally – the importance of presuming competence and not projecting biases and past experiences to impose artificial limitations on the language use of your students.

Speaker Bio:

Lucas Steuber is a Speech-Language Pathologist who works as an educational technology consultant. He maintains a private practice, specializing in AAC and serving under contract in a variety of school districts in Oregon and Washington. He is the director of clinical research and development for the iOS app FreeSpeech. He serves on multiple nonprofit boards, including the strategic planning and external planning committees of the Autism Society of America. He speaks at many national and international conferences and events. He is on the ballot to serve on the ASHA advisory council.

ASHA CEUs:

  • ASHA CEUs are available free to USSAAC/ISAAC members only. For non-members, the cost is $25.
  • ASHA CEUs are only available for those attending the live webinar.
  • For details, please visit the USSAAC website.

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1er seminario del grupo de ISAAC hispanófono: Introducción a los SAAC y Comunicación en pacientes con ELA

**Translated English version below**

Miércoles 22 de febrero 2017

Programa del seminario:

1. Ponente: Sol Solís – logopeda, especialista en SAAC

  • Evaluación de usuarios
  • Elección del sistema y de la estrategia de acceso más adecuados
  • Enseñanza dirigida al usuario y a su entorno
  • Participación activa en diferentes ambientes del usuario
  • Implantación y normalización del SAAC
  • La importancia de la comunicación en las personas con discapacidad
  • Casos de éxito
  • Últimos avances y estudios más recientes de España y de la Conferencia de ISAAC 2016

2. Ponente: Leticia Rodríguez – terapista ocupacional, especialista en tecnología asistiva, Argentina

  • Comunicación en pacientes con ELA
  • Los cambios en las necesidades, según avanza la enfermedad
  • La importancia de la comunicación en afectados de ELA y sus familias
  • Comunicación en la comunidad de la ELA, blogueros de la ELA, compartir experiencias, sentirse útil, etc.
  • Casos de éxitoy últimas novedades

3. Rueda de preguntas

Coordinador: Irisbond

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Introduction to AAC Systems and Communication in Patients with ALS – February 22, 2017

**This webinar was presented in Spanish (en Español)

Webinar Highlights:

1. Speaker: Sol Solis – SLP, Spain

  • Introduction to AAC systems
  • How to choose among them
  • How to evaluate a user
  • The importance of communication in disability
  • Latest research/cases (from Spain and from ISAAC Conference 2016)

2. Speaker: Leticia Rodriguez – OT, Argentina

  • Communication in ALS patients
  • How the need for AAC changes with the advancement of the illness
  • The importance of communication for ALS patients and their families
  • Communication in the ALS community, blogging, sharing experiences, feeling useful and supported
  • Latest research/cases (from ISAAC Conference 2016)

3. Q&A

Coordinator:  Irisbond

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For USSAAC/ISAAC webinars, FREE ASHA credits are available for members only. Please enter your ISAAC/USSAAC member ID when registering.

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How to Overcome Access Barriers to SGD Funding – February 15, 2017

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Presenter: Lewis Golinker, Esq., AAC Advocate

Facilitator: Sarah Blackstone, PhD, CCC-SLP

USSAAC Committee: Stephanie Meehan – Chair, Wendy Quach, Sarah Blackstone

 

**The start of the webinar is at the 2:38 (2 minutes and 38 second) mark of the video.**

Seminar Highlights:  SGD funding exists because clinicians, researchers, educators, manufacturers and advocates have worked and continue to work together — often under USSAAC’s banner — to challenge and overcome a wide range of barriers to SGD access.  This seminar reviews six of these barriers and describes how responses were developed and roles were assigned and implemented.  The central importance of a community-wide membership organization, such as USSAAC, in expanding and protecting SGD access is also discussed.

Speaker Bio: Lewis Golinker is an attorney who has long served as USSAAC’s Advocacy Director.  He has more than 34 years of experience expanding and protecting access to funding for speech generating devices.

Please note:

  • Free ASHA CEUs available to USSAAC/ISAAC members only

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Preserving Self with Message Banking When Losing Ability to Speak – November 10, 2016 

Part of the USSAAC Webinar Series

Presenter: John Costello, MA, CCC-SLP

Facilitator: Sarah Blackstone, PhD, CCC-SLP

USSAAC Committee: Wendy Quach, Lateef McLeod, Amanda Hettenhausen, Sarah Blackstone, Lisa Timm, and Amy Goldman

Seminar Highlights: Through case video and case presentation, this course details a model for introducing and implementing “message banking” with a person’s own voice, developed in both a pediatric and adult clinical practice at Boston Children’s Hospital.  Implementation of the model for both pediatric short-term AAC system needs and adult permanent AAC system needs is delineated.  In addition, terminology and classification of vocabulary selection is highlighted.

People with progressive neurodegenerative diseases such as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, those with head-neck cancer requiring total glossectomy and total laryngectomy or those with planned hospital procedures requiring intubation or vent dependency may be good candidates for Message Banking in their own voice.

For more information, please visit the USSAAC website.

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AAC Family Voices – October 26, 2016

Part of the USSAAC Webinar Series

Presenter: Richard Ellenson and Thomas Ellenson; Godfrey and Sweta Nazareth

Facilitator: Sarah Blackstone, PhD, CCC-SLP

USSAAC Education Committee: Wendy Quach, Lateef McLeod, Amanda Hettenhausen, Sarah Blackstone, Lisa Timm, and Amy Goldman

Seminar Highlights: How does AAC impact the family? You’ll meet the Ellensons, a dad and his teen-age son Thomas, and learn about this family’s ongoing journey and experiences with AAC approaches. You will also meet the Nazareths. Godfrey has an acquired disability and you’ll hear from him and his wife about their journey and experiences with AAC approaches. This webinar features those who represent our most important voices. The presentations are followed by a panel discussion and questions.

For more information, ASHA CEU Form, and Participation Certification, please visit the USSAAC website.

 

Supporting Effective Information-Sharing among Medical Providers and Communication Vulnerable Children and Adults across Medical Settings and Situations – June 7, 2016

Part of the USSAAC Webinar Series

Presenter: David Beukelman, PhD, CCC-SLP

Facilitator: Wendy Quach, PhD, CCC-SLP

USSAAC Education Committee: Wendy Quach (Chair), Sarah Blackstone, Lateef McLeod, Amy Goldman, Amanda Hettenhausen, Lisa Timm

Abstract:  This presentation focusses on the support of effective patient provider communication across medical settings for children and adults with complex communication needs. Communication vulnerable patient groups and five communication intermediaries groups are described, and the roles of these intermediaries outlined for different communication vulnerable people and the settings in which they are served. Medical procedures such as the various types of referrals are reviewed. Finally, a range of communication support goals, policies, and strategies for these patients and their providers are reviewed and demonstrated.

Presenter Bio:  David R. Beukelman, PhD, CCC is a speech-language pathologist who specializes in augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) and communication disorders associated with neurological conditions. He is currently a Senior Researcher in The Institute for Rehabilitation Science and Engineering at Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital in Lincoln, Nebraska.  Previously, he was a faculty member of Communication Disorders at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Director of Research and Education of the Communication Disorders Division, Munroe/Meyer Institute of Genetics and Rehabilitation at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, and Director Speech Pathology and the AAC Center in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Washington Medical Center.  He has co-authored textbooks focused on AAC, motor speech disorders, and patient provider communication.

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Communication Access in the United States: Issues related to the Education, Healthcare and Justice Systems – April 12, 2016 

Part of the USSAAC Webinar Series

Presenters: India Ochs, Esq., and Barbara Collier, SLP

Facilitator: Sarah Blackstone, PhD, CCC-SLP

USSAAC Education Committee: Wendy Quach (Chair), Sarah Blackstone, Lateef McLeod, Amy Goldman, Amanda Hettenhausen, Lisa Timm

Abstract:  People with speech and language disabilities have the same rights to communication accommodations as, for example, people who are deaf or blind. However, they rarely can access the accommodations they need in public or private sectors.  This webinar aims to increase awareness about the current lack of accommodations for people with speech and language disabilities in the U.S. and offer strategies to assist individuals who use AAC and their families to access needed communication accommodations. The webinar is the second in a two-part series. Participants are encouraged to watch Part I (November 2015) Social Justice: Access includes Communication (see below).

 

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New Medicare SGD Funding Policy and Guidelines for 2016:What’s Covered; What’s Not; Where Do We Go From Here? – March 10, 2016

Part of the USSAAC Webinar Series

Presenter: Lewis Golinker, Esq., AAC Advocate

Facilitator: Amy Goldman, Speech-Language Pathologist

USSAAC Committee: Wendy Quach (Chair), Sarah Blackstone, Lisa Timm, Lateef McLeod, Amanda Hettenhausen

 

Abstract: In the second half of 2015, Medicare “re-set” its SGD coverage policy and issued three new guidelines. In addition, changes to the Medicare Act based on the Steve Gleason Act became effective. This webinar reviewed all that has been done and explain the current scope of Medicare SGD coverage.

Learning Objectives: Participants learned about the outcome of the Medicare SGD coverage “reconsideration,” whether the changes to SGD coverage stated in the 2014 “Coverage Reminder” have been incorporated into current Medicare SGD policy; and how the Gleason Act affects Medicare SGD coverage.

Participants will learn about:

  • 3 Medicare guidelines that now govern SGD coverage
  • what types of SGDs Medicare will cover and those Medicare will not cover
  • what SGD capabilities and features Medicare will cover and those Medicare will not cover
  • what SGD accessories Medicare will cover and those Medicare will not cover
  • the procedure Medicare identified in its guidelines for Medicare beneficiaries to access non-covered capabilities and features
  • changes to Medicare payment policy 

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Note: FREE ASHA credit is available for USSAAC/ISAAC members only. Future seminars will offer ASHA CEUs to non-USSAAC/ISAAC members for a fee.

 

Social Justice: Accessibility Includes Communication – November 17, 2015 

Part of the USSAAC Webinar Series

Presenter: Barbara Collier, Speech-Language Pathologist and Executive Director, Communication Disabilities Access Canada

Facilitator: Sarah Blackstone, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

USSAAC Committee: Lateef McLeod (Chair), Sarah Blackstone, Lisa Timm, Wendy Quach

Click here to watch a captioned version of this video, courtesy of San Jose State University. You will be re-directed to their YouTube channel.

Abstract: This webinar, part of the USSAAC Webinar Series supported by ISAAC, provides an overview of the accessibility requirements of people with communication disabilities when using community businesses and services. It discusses implications for policy makers, legislators, businesses, organizations, and people who have communication disabilities, including people who use augmentative and alternative communication.

Learning Outcomes: Participants learned about

  • communication access as a social justice issue within human rights legislation
  • implications for policy makers and legislators; businesses and organizations; and the AAC community
  • an ongoing Canadian strategy to promote awareness of communication access
  • available resources and networking opportunities

Presenter Bio Sketch: Barbara Collier is Executive Director of Communication Disabilities Access Canada, a Canadian non-profit organization that promotes social justice, accessibility, and inclusion for people who have communication disabilities. She is a Speech-Language Pathologist and an ISAAC Fellow. She currently manages Communication Access Now, a Canada-wide strategy to promote awareness of the accessibility requirements of people with communication disabilities. http://www.communication-access.org/

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Selecting AAC Apps for Children with ASD – October 21, 2015

Part of the USSAAC Webinar Series

Presenter: Dr. Carole Zangari, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Facilitator: Amy Goldman, Speech-Language Pathologist
USSAAC Committee: Lateef McLeod (Chair), Sarah Blackstone, Lisa Timm, Wendy Quach

Abstract: SLPs are increasingly faced with the task of considering AAC apps for children with ASD. There is great variability in the 200+ AAC apps for mobile devices with a wide range of features and levels of quality. In this presentation, we discuss a framework and resources for evaluating AAC apps.

Learning Outcomes:
• Participants will be able to discuss the role of AAC app selection in the larger process of feature match evaluations
• Participants will be able to describe linguistic features of AAC apps
• Participants will be able to identify tools (checklist, rubrics) for comparing and contrasting AAC apps

Presenter Bio Sketch: Dr. Zangari is a professor of SLP at Nova Southeastern University (NSU) and Executive Director of the NSU Satellite Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (UM-NSU CARD). She co-edited Practically Speaking: Language, Literacy, and Academic Development for Students with AAC Needs. Dr. Zangari teaches AAC courses, supervises in the AAC clinic, and coordinates the AAC Lab. She is co-author of the blog PrAACtical AAC.

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USSAAC Membership Webinar, Part III – August 19, 2015
A New Day Dawns for Medicare SGD Coverage:
What Do SLPs, Medicare Beneficiaries, and Families Need to Know?

In late July, Medicare issued a new National Coverage Decision for SGDs and the President signed the Steve Gleason Act. These developments mark a new beginning for Medicare SGD coverage. Presented by USSAAC and hosted by ISAAC, this session explains the the types and features of SGDs that Medicare will now cover and pay for; the additional capabilities and features that SGDs can offer; and how Medicare beneficiaries will be able to access those additional capabilities and features. It also explains how the 2015 NCD and Gleason Act will affect SLP assessment and reporting.

Presenters: Lewis Golinker, Esq., AAC Advocate Facilitator, and Lisa Bardach, MS CCC-SLP  Facilitated by:  Amy Goldman, Speech-Language Pathologist

A captioned version of the above video, courtesy of San Jose State University, will be posted as soon as possible.

The following materials are provided for webinar registrants’ use and information. The presentation appears below in PDF format with the permission of the author. Any redistribution, retransmission, reposting, or redissemination without the express written permission of USSAAC and/or ISAAC International is strictly prohibited.

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USSAAC Membership Webinar, Part II – June 3, 2015
Funding for SGDs in 2015: Latest Updates and Implications for the AAC Community

The second in a USSAAC Webinar Series on Funding for Speech-Generating Devices (SGDs) was held on Wednesday, June 3, 2015, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM EDT.

Presenters:  Lewis Golinker, Esq., AAC Advocate Facilitator, Amy Goldman, Speech-Language Pathologist.

USSAAC Committee Members:  Lateef McLeod (Chair), Sarah Blackstone, Lisa Timm, Wendy Quach.

The following materials are provided for webinar registrants’ use and information. The presentation appears below in PDF format with the permission of the author. Any redistribution, retransmission, reposting, or redissemination without the express written permission of USSAAC and/or ISAAC International is strictly prohibited.

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USSAAC Membership Webinar, Part I – April 8, 2015
Funding for SGDs in 2015: Updates and Implications for the AAC Community

Click here to watch a captioned version of this video, courtesy of San Jose State University. You will be re-directed to their YouTube channel.

Presenters:  Lewis Golinker, Esq., AAC Advocate Facilitator, and Amy Goldman, Speech-Language Pathologist

The following materials are provided for webinar registrants’ use and information. The presentation appears in PDF format with the permission of the author. Any redistribution, retransmission, reposting, or redissemination without the express written permission of USSAAC and/or ISAAC International is strictly prohibited.

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Social Media & People with Disabilities: Building Online Networks to Enhance Community Engagement and Create a Level Playing Field  (ISAAC/AAIDD Webinar) – September 9 and October 16, 2013

Presenter Lisa Lehmann is a popular speaker and disability advocate living in Queensland, Australia. Here she shares her knowledge and experience about how effective it can be to connect and engage through social media, with specifics about what to expect from social media for people who use AAC.

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ISAAC 2014 Exhibitor Focus Group – August 14 and September 17, 2013

Presenters: Carolyn Wiles Higdon and Franklin Smith
This Exhibitor Focus Group Webinar provided information about the planning process and the opportunity for direct input to prospective exhibitors for Conference 2014 in Lisbon, Portugal.

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Augmentative Communication Apps: Making the Best Choice for the Best AAC Voice (ISAAC/AAIDD Webinar) – November 28, 2012

Presenters: Carrie Leonhart and Debby McBride
The process of identifying the optimum AAC app(s) for an individual with complex communication needs begins by determining whether the individual would be best served by this tool as opposed to other strategies. If so, the next step is to understand the basic features that match the individual’s skills and needs. This webinar provided information on how to navigate the options.

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