AAC Funding Report Writing – 60 minutes

AAC report writing can seem like a daunting task whether you are writing your first report or have submitted reports in the past. There are several steps involved starting with device trials and moving towards writing a device submission report. What are the do's and don’ts of report writing? What is the language of report writing? How can our treatment plan on the report be used in our therapy plan and/or IEP to help the user acclimate to their device? In this presentation, participants will learn successful report writing tips for AAC device submissions. The resources, tools and strategies learned during this presentation can help a therapist during each stage of an AAC device funding report and treatment plan. During the presentation tools and strategies for having the most effective report will be discussed and examples demonstrated. These resources can be easily implemented into a clinician’s evaluation process when working with any AAC user. AAC Funding Report Writing Handout

Rachell Johnson

Rachell Johnson

M.C.D., CCC-SLP

Rachell Johnson has a Bachelor’s (BA) in Speech Pathology from Columbia College, Columbia, SC and a Masters in Communication Disorders (MCD) from the University Of South Carolina School Of Public Health.

Rachell has 14 years of experience in the field of speech language pathology and has worked as an expert with assistive technology since 2011. I served as the Pediatric and Adult Neuro AAC Specialist for an outpatient rehabilitation center then transitioned to working with AT and ALS patients with the MN/ND/SD Chapter of the ALS Association's Herbek Sing AT Program as well as a consultant for the MN Technology for Home Grant. This led me to become the AT Program Manager of the DC/MD/VA Chapter of ALS Association and working as an AT Team Lead for a school district. I enjoy teaching, and I have presented at Closing the Gap, a national AT conference, 6 times from 2013-2018 as well as at a host of other AT symposiums and webinars. Working with eye-gaze users of all ages is just one of my interests and specialty areas under the umbrella of AT.

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Funding SGDs for Students in Transition and “Can I Fund Their iPad?” The Answer Is… – 60 minutes

Students and young adults transitioning out from under the special education umbrella face a daunting array of funding and service delivery challenges. Critical issues for transition-aged students using SGDs include how to continue to use, support, and legally own their SGD in the future. Aggressive planning long before transition helps predict evolving needs for communication at work, supported living environments, college, social settings, and a variety of other environments. No person should be left without an SGD or settle for an inferior system as they go out into the world as an adult. This webinar highlights strategies for SGD transition planning, identifying mechanisms for funding SGDs during transition, and includes a candid description of what constitutes a fundable SGD.

Chris Gibbons

Chris Gibbons

PhD, CCC/SLP

Prior to his role as Director of SGD Services at AbleNet, Chris worked in a variety of clinical and research settings as a private practitioner, assistive technology specialist, researcher, industry representative and policy level consultant. His research interests are rooted in AAC user efficiency, communication partner supports, and alternative access methods for people who are functionally locked-in. Most recently, Chris has been a private practitioner specializing in AAC evaluations and implementation and working on projects supporting financial independence for people with disabilities.

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Funding | SGDs | AAC | iPad

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