Friday, November 30, 2012

Humanoid Robots Being Trialled with Autistic Student

Topcliffe students Daniel and Kaleem play with one of the state of the art robots: Evidence is emerging that suggests autistic children learn better from robots than human teachers

Topcliffe students Daniel and Kaleem play with one of the state of the art robots: Evidence is emerging that suggests autistic children learn better from robots than human teachers

"Autistic children could in the future be helped to learn by robot buddies in the classroom. Evidence emerging from a trial at a school in Birmingham suggests that pupils who are on the autistic spectrum learn better from the automatons than human teachers. And researchers say that if they can be proven to help difficult to reach youngsters, then in the future they could also be used to help pupils in mainstream classes. Max and Ben, two knee-high humanoid robots that can dance to Thriller  plays games and emulate Tai Chi, have been helping pupils at Topcliffe Primary School in Castle Vale since March. Ian Lowe, headteacher at Topcliffe, where about a quarter of the pupils are autistic, said the robots had been 'brilliant' at supporting children with their learning. He told the BBC: 'The robots have no emotion, so autistic children find them less threatening than their teachers and easier to engage with.'"


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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Free Organizational Workshop!


OneNote and SkyDrive


      

 

Date: Thursday, December 6, 2012 

Time: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Location: 
SC Assistive Technology Resource Center
Poplar Building
Midlands Center
8301 Farrow Road, Columbia, SC

Presenter: Valeska Gioia, SC Department of Education Assistive Technology Specialist

Cost: Free, but pre-registration is required.

To register for this workshop: Complete the OneNote and SkyDrive online registration form.

Description: Staying organized has never been easier for students and adults with Microsoft’s OneNote software. Microsoft OneNote gives you the ideal place to store and share your information in a single, easy-to-access location. Capture text, images, as well as video and audio notes with OneNote. In this workshop we will learn all about the organizational concepts of OneNote software and create an organizational file that can be accessed anywhere as long as you have internet connectivity. Microsoft’s SkyDrive is an on-line storage program with a large storage capacity that will be used in conjunction with Microsoft OneNote for this workshop.

For questions, call Will McCain at (803) 935-5004 or Lydia Durham at (803) 935-5263 or 800-915-4522.

This training is in the Assistive Technology Resource Center, so no food or drink please.


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Employment of People With Disabilities Journalism Contest



Journalism Contest

The winner of the 2013 Journalism Contest receives a four-year scholarship to the South Carolina state-supported institution of his or her choice provided, of course, that the winner is otherwise qualified.
The scholarship pays for undergraduate tuition and fees. Each institution has its own definition of tuition and fees, which may or may not include room and board.
The winner must be able to verify financial need to the chosen state-supported institution, which may require completion of a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. Colleges and universities recommend that students in financial need complete the FAFSA as soon as possible after January 1 of the year they will enroll to establish eligibility for student aid. This may require providing income tax return information.
The scholarship may be canceled if the recipient does not maintain general scholastic and conduct standards established by the institution.

2013 Journalism Contest theme

A strong workforce is an inclusive workforce: What can you do?
Your article must address the theme: “A strong workforce is an inclusive workforce: What can you do?” "Your article should reflect the diversity of skills people with disabilities offer, challenge common misconceptions about disability employment and reinforce the message that, at work, it’s what people CAN do that matters."

Rules

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

PAALS Wine Tasting Fundraiser




PAALS trains animals to assist people with varying abilities to live more independent and enriched lives by providing them with assistance dogs. Some of our specially trained canines are taught to turn lights on and off, tug open doors, pick up dropped items and alert for help to assist individuals in wheelchairs. Other dogs go on to assist children with autism and soldiers with PTSD to accomplish therapeutic and real life goals. These dogs are primarily placed in and around South Carolina.

PAALS is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization committed to enriching and empowering children and adults with physical disabilities and social needs by training service animals and providing animal assisted educational and recreational activities.

PAALS is the only provisional Assistance Dogs International (standardized program) in the state of South Carolina. To learn more about ADI please visit www.adionline.org.


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Monday, November 26, 2012

Pass It On Center Webinar


Join Us for a Webinar Focused on:

Innovative Strategies to Engage DME Suppliers in AT Reuse Programs: How Everyone Can Benefit
 Tuesday, December 4, 2012
2:00pm to 3:30pm Eastern Standard Time (EST)

Presenters:
Joy Kniskern, Pass It On Center
Lee Learson, Founder and Consultant to NEAT Marketplace, Connecticut
Lindsey Bean Kampwerth, Director of Repair and Reuse, Paraquad/Consultant to the Pass It On Center
Rita Hostak, Sunrise Medical, Pass It On Center National Task Force Member

Join us for a webinar that will bring together assistive technology reuse experts to share lessons learned and the scope of their work with suppliers to refurbish specific types of gently used durable medical equipment. This session will take a closer look at how assistive technology and durable medical equipment reuse programs can establish repair services with a billing to third parties as a useful adjunct to reuse programs. We will also share and discuss factors that concern and appeal to suppliers when considering collaboration with reuse programs, and specific steps reuse programs can take to engage suppliers in a way that results in winning services for everyone –reuse programs, suppliers and ultimately the end users.  


Please note that the Pass It On Center will be using Adobe Connect for our webinars.
Click this link to join the meeting: http://atia.adobeconnect.com/piocsupplier1030/
Sign on as Guest with your name and organization.
Please use the URL above as it is unique to this PIOC webinar

If you have never attended an Adobe Connect meeting before:
Test your connection:
http://atia.adobeconnect.com/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm
Get a quick overview:
http://www.adobe.com/go/connectpro_overview
Credits Available
CEUs are issued thru the GT Professional Education
CRCs have been approved for 1.5 clock hours through the Commission on Rehabilitation Counseling

Send Liz Persaud (Liz@passitoncenter.org) an email with the webinar title and date, your full name, organization, e-mail address, date of birth and type of credits you need in order to receive your Verification Form


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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Centers for Independent Living and Assitive Technology Reuse National Conference




If you're interested or participating in any assistive technology reuse activities, then don't miss your opportunity to register for this National event! 
Please Help us to get the Word out and join us at the:
Centers for Independent Living and Assistive Technology Reuse National Conference:
Shaping a National Collaborative for Excellence in Assistive Technology Reutilization

Hosted by the Pass It On Center
December 12 - 13, 2012
Optional Pre-conference, Tour of FODAC (Atlanta) & Virtual Tour of Paraquad CIL (St. Louis, MO), Tuesday,December 11, 2012
Atlanta, Georgia
Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center
Purpose of the Conference
At the Pass It On Center, we have experienced a significant increase in requests for technical assistance and training from Centers for Independent Living (CILs) throughout the US and territories. We are organizing a national conference to provide more focused technical assistance and promote closer collaboration with AT Reuse Programs and CILs in the area of Reuse. This conference is designed to showcase innovative strategies that AT Reuse programs have found to work within and in collaboration with Centers for Independent Living (CILs). Discussion will center on identifying new skills and specific needs of reuse programs within CILs that need to be addressed. Information will be provided to expand and strengthen CIL Reuse programs, particularly as they relate to quality services, emergency preparedness and program sustainability. Conference Announcement MS Word  |  PDF 

Who Should Attend
Staff of Reuse Programs within Centers for Independent Living, AT Reuse Programs, and the Statewide AT Act Programs, representatives from disability organizations planning and operating reuse activities, AT vendors, other partners and collaborators of Reuse Programs and anyone interested in AT Reuse.

Agenda
A draft agenda is can be found at: http://passitoncenter.org/Home/Events.aspx. The Pass It On CenterĂ¢€™s Conference Planning Committee continues to develop the agenda, so check for updates. We are researching offering Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for conference participants, so please continue to check the website.

Book Your Hotel ASAP!
A block of sleeping rooms has been reserved for Monday, December 10 through Thursday, December 13, 2012, at theGeorgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center, 800 Spring St. NW, Atlanta, GA 30308. The rate is $129.00 single or double plus tax per night. The cut-off date for making your room reservation is Monday, November 12, 2012You may call the hotel directly to book your room by dialing 404-347-9440, call Reservations at 404-838-2100 or 800-706-2899, or fax a request to 404-347-9088. Tell the hotel you are registering for the Pass It On Center Reuse Conference. If you need accessible hotel accommodations, please be sure to make your request known to the reservationist. For more information about the hotel and accommodations, go to http://www.gatechhotel.com/html/atlanta-accommodations.asp.

Conference Registration - Please, register by Friday, December 7, 2012
If you plan to pay by credit card please register online. Eventbrite can only accept payment by credit card.
If you plan to pay by check please fill out the attached registration form and follow the instructions on where to send your payment by check.

A registration fee of $200.00 will be charged per each conference attendee. There is an additional charge of $45.00 if you register for the optional pre-conference tour of FODAC. This will help to defray the cost of transportation to and from the hotel. Your registration fee covers the cost of the conference plus breakfast, lunch, continuous breaks/snacks, Internet and parking on both conference days.

A developing agenda, hotel accommodations, transportation services and other conference information can be found on the Pass It On Center Conference page http://passitoncenter.org/Home/Events.aspx.

The Pass It On Center is looking forward to hosting this event. If you have any comments, suggestions, or questions please contact Liz Persaud at Liz@passitoncenter.org or call 404-385-6573. We look forward to seeing you in Atlanta!


Monday, November 19, 2012

Clinical Trials for Parkinson Research


SOME NEW CLINICAL TRAILS / STUDIES / RESEARCH IN THE WORKS

The Columbia Parkinson's Support Group encourages our members and the Parkinson's community to participate in Clinical Trials / Studies / Research projects, that they determine are appropriate for them. For information about Clinical Trials and how to decide to participate in a Clinical Trial CLICK HERE

You + One Phone Call + One Email = EXPD2  

Dr. Tom Faber has an on-going interest in trying to discover if exercise has any influence on the progression of dementia in Parkinson's disease (PDD).  Because of his interest, Dr. Faber and the Exercise Science department at USC are developing a clinical study called EXPD2 (EXercise forPrevention of Dementia in Parkinson's Disease).

EXPD2 will consist of two groups of PD patients over the age of 50, without dementia, and without any limitations to exercise (e.g., no major heart or lung problems, no severe arthritis, etc).  The patients will be split into high and low intensity exercise groups.  They will be followed for a period of time to determine if there is any apparent difference in cognitive testing between the two groups.  The exercise programs and any testing will be "FREE" to all participants.
 

ONE PHONE CALL - If you think you "may be" interested in participating in the EXPD2 study, please call Hannah or Joselyn at the USC Department of Neurology - 803-545-6078 -- to add your name to a list of patients interested in participating.  By putting your name on the EXPD2 list, there is no commitment at this time.  Once funding is obtained, they will contact those who are on the EXPD2 list to see if you are still interested.

ONE EMAIL - You can help EXPD2 become a funded clinical study by sending just one email expressing your support for funding the EXPD2 clinical study about dementia and Parkinson's disease.  

Note: Your privacy "will be respected".  Your email address will not be kept after the email is received or used for anything else - no spam - no solicitations - no nothing


What if you are "not interested" in participating in Dr. Faber's EXPD2 study, but you want to help?  You can still help by sending just "one email" expressing your support for funding the EXPD2 clinical study about dementia and Parkinson's disease.   

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO
 -- send your email to  expd2_support@live.com   Please include a short statement about the following 4 questions:

  1. Who you are?  I am a ... (patient, caregiver, family member of a patient, co-worker of a patient, etc.)
  2. Why this study is important to you?   The EXPD2 clinical study is important to me because ...
  3. What you think about the condition of Parkinson's disease?  I think that the condition of Parkinson's
    disease ...
  4. What you think about the condition of dementia in Parkinson's disease?  I think that the condition of dementia in Parkinson's disease ...
That is all it takes to show your support for EXPD2!

ONE PHONE CALL to 803-545-6078 to tell them you "may be interested" in participating in theEXPD2 clinical study. 

ONE EMAIL to expd2_support@live.com to let them know you support funding the EXPD2 clinical study (even if you decide not to be a participant in the clinical study.



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Friday, November 16, 2012

Kelly Doyle Book Review



"Very Shy" written By Barbara Shook Hazen and illustrated by Shirley Chan is about a girl named Nancy who is Very shy.  She always wanted to hide out.    She has a hard time speaking up for herself.  She has a special place where she felt safe.  She has 2 friends who lived down the street from her.  Their names are Amy and Andy.  They have been friends ever since they were babies.  And they liked her even though they disagreed with each other.  She loves to pretend that she could be anything she wanted in fantasy land.  But she could only do that in her own room.  I love this book because this book reminds me of me when I was little.  And now when I’m in my 30’s.  I feel like Nancy because I still feel very shy.  But only when I’m around one person.  I wish I knew why I’m shy around one person  and I’m not shy around everybody else.  But the other people I’m talking about are people I know.  I’m only shy around new people and that 1 person but that’s it.  Nobody else.  I have a special place where I feel safe.  In my room in front of the TV.  I only watch DVD’s.  Because 1. I don’t have cable.  And 2. Because I don’t want cable.  That is my fantasy land where I can pretend that I can do everything that I see on my DVD’s.       


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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Columbia Parkinson's Support Group Meeting and News


Logo image of Columbia Parkinson's Support Group


Meeting Date: November 18, 2012 - Sunday

Meeting Time: 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Meeting Place: Lexington Medical Park #1 Auditorium
 2720 Sunset Boulevard, West Columbia, SC 29169


Speaker: Stephanie Scharf, OTR/L, DRS, C/NDT
Stephanie is an Occupational Therapist working for Palmetto Health Richland in the Geriatric Mobility Research Clinic. She has started a Driving Rehabilitation Program. She will be discussing the Driving Program and evaluation process, driving safety/warning signs and adaptive equipment for the vehicle. Stephanie will bring some simple adaptive equipment tools,which may help with transfers, seat belt management, or blind spot assistance for lane changes

Our Meetings Are Free, But.... Yes, there are no dues "but" we always need your donations. Every dollar you donate is one dollar more that allows us to continue to provide support, information, education, awareness about Parkinson's disease, and fund raising to further research for the cure of Parkinson's disease. Without your donations, there would be no "Columbia Parkinson's Support Group"!

Please Feel Free To Bring Guests - We always welcome any guests to come with you. The more your family, friends, neighbors, business associates, or anyone who has an interest in Parkinson's disease can learn about Parkinson's disease, the more support they can provide. We always welcome students from our universities and colleges!


SPECIAL NOTE:  The support group website was moved to a new server over the weekend - as a result we are having difficulty updating (FTP)  to the website with new information - hopefully we will have the problem resolved soon.  I still encourage you to visit the website, because you may have missed the last time we updated it.


To Contact Us:   Please call us between the hours of 10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time Zone - Because we screen our telephone messages, please leave a message on our answering machines, and mention "Parkinson" -or- you can send us email

    Dottie Gantt, President 
          Email: contact@columbiaparkinsonsupportgroup.org 
          Telephone: 803-604-0061

    Carol Baker, Vice President 
          Email:  caroltbaker@bellsouth.net 
          Telephone 803-781-6193

                                                                                                        
You + One Phone Call + One Email = EXPD2

Dr. Tom Faber has an on-going interest in trying to discover if exercise has any influence on the progression of dementia in Parkinson's disease (PDD). Because of his interest, Dr. Faber and the Exercise Science department at USC are developing a clinical study called EXPD2 (EXercise for Prevention of Dementia in Parkinson's Disease). EXPD2 will consist of two groups of PD patients over the age of 50, without dementia, and without any limitations to exercise (e.g., no major heart or lung problems, no severe arthritis, etc).The patients will be split into high and low intensity exercise groups. They will be followed for a period of time to determine if there is any apparent difference in cognitive testing between the two groups. 

The exercise programs and any testing will be "FREE" to all participants. Dr. Faber said, "I would envision PD evaluations twice yearly visits with our neurology department for dementia and PD evaluations, and perhaps some blood work. As of this date, we do not have the funding for the EXPD2 study, so I can’t make any promises, but I can tell you that several investigators here at USC have a high degree of interest in the study as proposed."

ONE PHONE CALL - If you think you "may be" interested in participating in the EXPD2 study, please call Hannah or Joselyn at the USC Department of Neurology - 803-545- 6078 -- to add your name to a list of patients interested in participating. By putting your name on the EXPD2 list, there is no commitment at this time. Once funding is obtained,they will contact those who are on the EXPD2 list to see if you are still interested.

ONE EMAIL - You can help EXPD2 become a funded clinical study by sending just one email expressing your support for funding the EXPD2 clinical study about dementia and Parkinson's disease. Note: Your privacy "will be respected". Your email address will not be kept after the email is received or used for anything else - no spam - no solicitations - no nothing.

What if you are "not interested" in participating in Dr. Faber's EXPD2 study, but you want to help? You can still help by sending just "one email" expressing your support for funding the EXPD2 clinical study about dementia and Parkinson's disease.

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO -- send your email to expd2_support@live.com Please include a short statement about the following 4 questions:

1. Who you are? I am a ... (patient, caregiver, family member of a patient, co-worker of a patient, etc.)

2. Why this study is important to you? The EXPD2 clinical study is important to me because ...

3. What you think about the condition of Parkinson's disease? I think that the condition of Parkinson's disease ...

4. What you think about the condition of dementia in Parkinson's disease? I think that the condition of dementia in Parkinson's disease ...

THAT IS ALL IT TAKES TO SHOW YOUR SUPPORT FOR EXPD2!

ONE PHONE CALL to 803-545-6078 to tell them you "may be interested" in participating in the EXPD2 clinical study.

ONE EMAIL to expd2_support@live.com to let them know you support funding the EXPD2 clinical study (even if you decide not to be a participant in the clinical study.)

                                                                                                        
Mark Your Calendars!

December 16, 2012 - Our monthly meeting in December will be a party! Join us for our Annual Christmas / Holiday Party. Entertainment and Refreshments will be provided. Just bring yourself and any guests you wish to invite. We will be having live entertainment by Bob Michalski, who plays a wide variety of contemporary and jazz instrumental selections. Bob has appeared in many locations around Columbia, including WIS TV, churches, weddings, and corporate events. This is an excellent opportunity to meet, talk with, and socialize with other members of our support group.

January 20, 2013 - Our first monthly meeting in the New Year of 2013, will be a "very special meeting". The meeting topic will be "Managing Chronic Pain with Traditional and Alternative Treatments". The meeting format will be our Doctor's Q & A Panel. This meeting will be a joint meeting with the "Vital Energy, Inc. Wellness and Rehab Center - Fibromyalgia Support Group" and the "Columbia Parkinson's Support Group. More details to come about who will be on the Doctor's Panel as participants!

REMINDER -- Be sure to visit our "Meetings & Events & Calendars" web page often. We update our calendars with dates and information frequently!

                                                                                                                                
Medicare Open Enrollment - December 7th Deadline

Every year, all people with Medicare have the opportunity to enroll in or change their prescription drug plan, also known as Part D. The Annual Enrollment Period for Part D opened October 15 and runs through December 7, 2012. The costs and benefits of each plan vary from year to year, so it is important for beneficiaries to carefully review their options and make the best choices possible for the coming year. Coverage begins for enrollees in January 2013. For more information on how to navigate the Annual Open Enrollment Period, we encourage you to visit www.medicare.gov for information about enrolling in or changing prescription drug plans.


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Gizmos and Gadgets Training



Gizmos and Gadgets Training

Date: Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Time:
 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Location:
Disability Action Center, Inc.
136 Stonemark Lane
Suite 100
Columbia, SC 29210
Presenters: Dori Tempio, Mary Alice Bechtler, and Carol Page    
Description: Learn about the latest in Assistive Technology in time for the holidays! Come out and test the latest gadgets and get many ideas for daily living equipment that will increase your independence! This training is being offered by DAC and the SC Assistive Technology Program.
Cost:  Free, but pre-registration is required.
To register for this workshop: 
Contact Dori Tempio, DAC Training Coordinator at 803-779-5121, ext. 126 ordtempio@dacsc.org

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Free Workshop: Supporting Struggling Readers and Writers



 Free Workshop: Supporting Struggling Readers and Writers


Date: Tuesday, November 27th, 2012
Time: 9:00am – 11:00am
Location: 
SC Assistive Technology Program
Poplar Building Conference Room
Midlands Center,
8301 Farrow Road,
Columbia, SC
Presenter:
Dave Butler, Senior Educational Support Specialist, Don Johnston Inc.

Description: Assistive technology has been used with students with low incidence disabilities for years, but what about students with high incidence disabilities?  More students with disabilities are being included in the general education classroom than ever before, but according to the National Center of Learning Disabilities (NCLD.org), 64% of students with disabilities are reading AT LEAST three grades below grade level.  This workshop will review assistive technology tools for students with dyslexia, autism, dysgraphia, Down syndrome and other diverse physical and learning disabilities.  We will discuss how digital text can help individuals overcome barriers to opportunity.  Proven tools and resources will be explored including:

Snap&Read 

We will cover ways to meet the needs of struggling writers by exploring a variety of technology tools including Co:Writer and  Write:OutLoud.
Free sources for activities, templates, lesson plans and ready-made files will be shared to help you quickly integrate Don Johnston products into your classroom for more literacy learning success!
Cost:  Free, but pre-registration is required.
Space is limited to 15 participants.
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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Assistive Technology Training at Georgia Tech



Please Join Us for a Training
 Making Augmentative and Alternative 

Communication (AAC) a Reality: From 


Assessment to Funding
Wednesday November 14, 2012
9:00AM to 4:00PM
Georgia Tech Centergy Building - 3rd Floor Hodges Room
75 Fifth Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30308
This session will address current approaches and challenges to providing appropriate augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) services to people with complex communication needs, especially those with intellectual and developmental disabilities. During this time we will also discuss strategies for addressing funding barriers specifically in Georgia. 
PRESENTERS:
  • Amy S. Goldman, Co-executive Director of the Institute on Disabilities, Director of the Pennsylvania Initiative on Assistive Technology, University Center of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities at Temple University
  • Naomi Walker, Program Director, Georgia Advocacy Office

AGENDA:
9:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Registration
9:30 AM - 9:45 AM           
Welcome and Introductions - Carolyn Phillips and Liz Persaud, Tools for Life
9:45 AM - 10:15 AM         
Background; Communication Bill of Rights
10:15 AM - 11:30 AM        
Functional communication:  Implications for assessment and intervention
11:30AM - 12:00PM          
Providing appropriate services to people with complex communication needs, especially individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM         
Break for Lunch on Your Own
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM          
Making Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) a Reality - Funding Speech Generating Devices – Amy Goldman, Temple University and Naomi Walker, Georgia Advocacy Office
2:30 PM - 2:50 PM          
Resources for learning more about AAC
2:50 PM - 3:50 PM          
Tools for Life Assistive Technology Device Demonstrations and Show & Tell - Carolyn Phillips and Martha Rust, Tools for Life
3:50 PM - 4:00 PM          
Wrap up and Training Evaluation - Carolyn Phillips, Tools for Life

SPEAKERS:
Amy S. Goldman is the co-executive director of the Institute on Disabilities, University Center of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities at Temple University. She directs Pennsylvania’s Initiative on Assistive Technology, the Commonwealth’s “Assistive Technology (AT) Act” Program and other statewide assistive technology-related programs and services. As a licensed speech-language pathologist, Amy’s career has focused on the area of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) and especially, access to AAC for people with developmental disabilities. Amy is the immediate past chair of the steering committee of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) Special Interest Group on AAC.

Naomi Walker, J.D., is an attorney with the Georgia Advocacy Office (GAO).  She has worked for 17 years with the Assistive Technology program (PAAT) at the GAO.  In this capacity, Naomi has worked with and on behalf of individuals who are in need of equipment, including augmentative communication devices.  She has guided people so that they can be their best advocates and worked towards breaking down barriers for people.
If you have any questions about this training, accommodations or need more information please contact, Liz Persaud at liz.persaud@gatfl.gatech.edu or 404-385-6573.
We look forward to seeing you there!


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