AAC, Literacy & the SLP

AACES Conference 2023 Session

Supporting Communication: A Personal & Professional Journey to Dynamic AAC

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How did William go from a “non verbal,” “illiterate” tween to televised speaker, citizen lobbyist, and karaoke rapper? When he could not use “mouth words,” and her husband was killed in the World Trade Center, Laura was desperate to connect. William and Laura experimented, again and again, being denied dynamic, robust AAC. When William finally got what he needed (a version of which he uses 10 years later), Laura decided to become a speech language pathologist. She seeks to support him and his peers and to help others by explaining their journey. Their presentation gives personal and practical advice for a variety of situations, with videos, demonstrations, and discussion.


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

Presume competence. 

Get inspired by the unlocked potential shared by this mother and son. 
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Eliminate gate-keeping.  

Gain perspective on the costs of waiting to provide access to robust, dynamic AAC 
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What You'll Learn

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

1. Discuss two elements of “presuming competence”, such as not prioritizing prerequisites, and readily identifying obstacles.
2. Describe at least two elements of the form and substance of “authentic communication”.
3. Identify and discuss at least two elements of one’s own hesitations in AAC, (possibly in modeling, Aided Language Stimulation, vocabulary selection, or “programming”).
4. Describe at least two strategies used to support others who interact with an AAC user.
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Continuing Education Credit

This course offers eligible students a total of
2 certification maintenance hours (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 instructors

Laura Weinberg, CCC-SLP

Laura Weinberg, best known as William's mom, started out in business with a Wharton MBA. More recently, she was nationally-certified as a speech language pathologist. She serves on the New Jersey professional committee for AAC, and on the NJSHA - NJ ABA Collaborative Practice Group, to help the professions work better together. She has served all ages of people with developmental disabilities, from early intervention through adulthood, and on a Child Study Team.
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William Aronow

William Aronow self-identifies as an autistic man, a national advocate, and a self advocate. Voice output AAC is his favorite communication method. He graduated high school in 2018, and he visited the grave of his inspiration, Stephen Hawking, in 2019.
They hope that the story of their journey is for everyone struggling to communicate, not just for people who cannot produce mouth words.
Patrick Jones - Course author
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Patrick Jones - Course author