8th Annual Augmentative and Alternative Communication Workshop

Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)

Workshop at Vanderbilt University

Friday, March 3, 2017

AAC For All: Supporting Students with Evidence-Based Practices Across Settings

Denise Bryant, M.A., CCC-SLP – AAC Assessment – Augmentative and Alternative Communication Assessment: Essential Knowledge when Assessing Children with Developmental Disabilities

Amanda Oakes, M.S., CCC-SLP – AAC Goal Setting – Goal Writing: Tools for Generating Functional Goals for AAC 

Lisa Wallace, M.S., CCC-SLP – AAC and Autism – The ABCs of using Picture Based Communication Systems with Young Children with ASD

Kerry Hankins, M.A., CCC-SLP – AAC Group Therapy – Collaborative and Functional Approaches to Intervention and Play Skills with Complex Communicators

8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. • Rooms 235/237 (Second Floor), Vanderbilt Commons

Teachers, speech-language pathologists, and other clinicians who work with children who use AAC face a wide variety of diagnoses, settings, and needs. This workshop will provide a useful toolkit of information for working with children who use AAC, including assessment, goal setting, and group therapy. A special session on AAC and Autism will be included. Speakers are all senior speech-language pathologists at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

For more Information and to register:

Call (615) 322-8240. Space is limited. Register on the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center’s Website.

Registration Deadline is, Friday, February 24, 2017.

  • $175 for professionals
  • $125 per person for two or more professionals registering from the same institution
  • $50 for students and parents

The workshop fee includes lunch/breaks and instructional resources. This course is offered for a maximum of 0.6 ASHA CEUs (intermediate level; professional area).

Co-sponsored by: Department of Special Education, Vanderbilt Peabody College · Department of Hearing & Speech Sciences, Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center · Vanderbilt Consortium LEND · Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities · Technology Access Center · Tobii Dynavox · Assistive Technology Works

Technology Access Center’s Annual Fundraiser, Light up a Life, unveils new logo, and additional event.

Blue Light bulb with Light up a Life written in side. Give somone with a disability a chance to shine is written along the top edge.

Nashville Metro area’s annual Light up a Life campaign unveils new brand identity preceding launch of month-long holiday fundraising drive for The Arc Tennessee and Technology Access Center.
NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE (NEWSWIRE) 21, November, 2016 – Light up a Life, Nashville’s annual fundraising campaign benefiting The Arc Tennessee and Technology Access Center, has unveiled a new logo to herald the beginning of its annual donations drive and other branded-events for the 2016 holiday season.
Inspired by the campaign’s slogan, “give someone with a disability a chance to shine,” the new logo (seen above ) was created by national public relations agency 1680PR. “Our goal was to create a distinctive mark that communicates the connecting of action and result: by donating to or assisting with the fundraising effort, one truly ‘lights” up a life – or lives – of people with disabilities in their own community,” says Makayla Telfer, Senior Marketing Strategist of 1680PR.

Light up a Life is an annual holiday-season fundraising campaign supporting the Technology Access Center (TAC) and the The Arc Tennessee. Every December, the two organizations join together to field events and a donations drive to raise critically needed funds that will directly support their continued work for people with disabilities in the Nashville Metro area. As many of the programs that support the region’s disability community continue to be cut or severely slashed, Light up a Life’s sole mission is to enable direct funding support for services and access to assistance for those most in need without the reliance on state programs and services which have been affected by budget cuts and other factors. Funds raised through the Light up a Life campaign go directly to services and support for people with disabilities.
The first event of the month-long fundraising campaign is the annual “Kick-off” celebration and silent auction to be held at the Caterpillar Financial Services Corporation at 2120 West End Avenue, in Nashville on 6pm December 2, 2016. Recognized as a must-see spectacle every December, all are welcome to join the respective organizations’ leadership and staff to witness the transformation of the Caterpillar Financial Services building into a vibrant and festive venue illuminated by over 200 candles in recognition of donations received that will directly support the critical work of the Technology Access Center and The Arc Tennessee  for people with disabilities. The evening’s agenda features a silent auction amidst a backdrop of live music and the serving of light victuals.

Details on the second event – an upscale social ceremony at Nashville’s new hot spot, Thompson Hotel – including VIP Ticket information and attendees list, will be announced on the campaign’s official website on Friday, November 25, 2016.

The Next 25 Years

August 15, 2014 marked the beginning of the Technology Access Center’s twenty fifth year of service to the middle Tennessee disability community.  This is a time to reflect on the celebrations over the years of people of who realized their aspirations in part by using technology solutions to achieve their important personal goals.  It is time to also reflect on the celebrations of parents, teachers and therapists who aspired to raise, teach, and treat children with technology solutions and were successful in doing so.

The principles learned from the goals, dreams, achievements and accomplishments of each of these individuals will guide the members of the Board of Directors and staff of the Technology Access Center as they embark on the next 25 years of service.  Increasingly, technology is the key to education, employment, and participation in community life.  Technology must be and it will be available to all people in middle Tennessee in a very big way due to the services of the Technology Access Center.

Technology will advance at an amazingly much faster pace over the next twenty five years than it has over the last twenty five. The achievements and accomplishments people with disabilities of all ages will experience by using their personal technology will be nothing like anyone has seen before. Let the celebrations continue!