AAC for First Responders

AAC 101 for First Responders – September 13, 2017

Part of the USSAAC Webinar Series

Presenters:  Sharon Mankey, MAT, CCC-SLP and Mariesa Rang, MA, CF-SLP

Facilitator:  Betsy Caporale

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:  First responders frequently do not receive much training on how to interact with individuals who have disabilities and much less for individuals who use AAC. The presenters contacted various first responder groups in Northeast Indiana with an offer to in-service, free of charge, their employees as to what AAC is, how people with disabilities are often victims of crimes, and how first responders should interact with individuals who use AAC. The format that was developed in these initial training sessions is now being used to successfully train first responders in communicating with people who use AAC.

Seminar participants learned: 1. How to communicate information concerning AAC to individuals who work as first responders, 2. how to reach first responders who need information on communicating with individuals who use AAC, and 3. how to replicate the training for first responders in their own communities or whom to contact for the training.

Speaker Bios:

Ms. Mankey is the Director of the Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne Communication Disorders Clinic and Continuing Lecturer. She teaches the undergraduate course in Computer Applications in Speech/Language Pathology, supervises undergraduates during their first clinical semesters and started the annual IPFW AAC Poss-Abilities Theatre Camp in 2009 for individuals who use AAC for communication. She co-launched community outreach/education for first responders in regards to communication in emergency situations with individuals who use AAC.

Ms. Rang is a Limited Term Lecturer at Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne, where she teaches an undergraduate course in Introduction to Communicative Disorders. She will finish her certification in August 2017. She co-launched community outreach/education for first responders in regards to communication in emergency situations with individuals who use AAC.

ASHA CEUs:

  • Administrative fees for ASHA CEUs are included in your USSAAC membership. 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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