AAC, Literacy & the SLP

#AACES2024 Conference Session

How AT & AAC Changed Me

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Join Jessica Smith, a 2023 high school graduate with Aspergers, as she takes you on a transformative journey of her life, highlighting the pivotal role of assistive technology and augmentative alternative communication. Witness how Jessica’s passion and dedication led her to create invaluable tools, including communication boards for first responders, and learn from her experiences about life with autism and mental health challenges.


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  • Natural & engaging webinar
  • Full year of on-demand access
  • CMH/PDH Certificate 
  • Online classroom community 
  • Links to resources

A Personal Journey

Gain perspective from a young woman's journey with autism and mental health challenges toward a healing passion for crafting AT & AAC.
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Bring AAC to the Community

Explore her passion projects and take away AT/AAC tips that you can use to support complex communicators in your community. 
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What You'll Learn

 As a result of attending this webinar, participants will be able to:

1.   Explore the role of AAC in emergencies with people who have disabilities.
2.   Gain a better understanding of the life experiences of someone who has autism.
3.  Learn strategies to help first responders understand people with disabilities
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Continuing Education Credit

This course offers eligible students a total of
1 certification maintenance hour (CMH)

Learn more about CMH/PDH  (versus CEU's or continuing education units) on your course syllabus and on our CEU Page.  All learners are encouraged to confirm that this course meets the requirements of their licensing board before purchasing.  
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Meet YOUR instructor

Jessica Smith

Jessica Smith is a 2023 high school graduate with Asperger's syndrome and mental health challenges. She makes assistive technology and communication tools and has partnered with AT organizations like Tobii-Dynavox and Tech Owl for her projects. She lives in Pennsylvania where her AAC partnerships with first responders have been featured on local news.
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Patrick Jones - Course author
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