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AAC for Students with Multiple Disabilities webinar

Date: December 11, 2017

Time: 3:30-4:30

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Nichole Carubia, MA-CCC-SLP, AAC Specialistinternet 501

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Contact: e-mail Sue Wright at the SETC office to register,


 AAC Consideration for Those on the Autism Spectrum

According to IDEA '97:

Multiple disabilities means concomitant impairments (such as mental retardation-blindness, mental retardation-orthopedic impairment, etc.), the combination of which causes such severe educational needs that they cannot be accommodated in special education programs solely for one of the impairments. The term does not include deaf-blindness. Authority: 20 U.S.C. 1401(3)(A) and (B); 1401(26)

There are many questions to ask and answer when considering AAC (Alternative Augmentative Communication) for students with Multiple Disabilities. Join this webinar to learn more about strategies and resources to guide the team consideration process.

The questions posed are not intended to be all inclusive but rather to prompt the team to consider as many factors as possible in order to identify and ultimately try appropriate assistive technology for their students.

Learning Objectives:

Participants will:

  • Learn definitions and possible scenarios characterizing a hypothetical student with multiple disabilities

  • Learn about resources to guide the AAC consideration process for students with multiple disabilities, including the role of the IEP team

  • Introduction to alternative access methods (i.e. switches, refreshable braille displays, etc.) and compatible programs for communication

  • Receive resources for further self-paced investigation in the area of AAC for students with multiple disabilities


If you wish to review information on AAC Considerations for Students with Multiple Disabilities prior to the webinar, please visit:

There is no one-size-fits-all for AAC users with Au
tism. However, there are common
tendencies such as stimming on visual feedback, aud
itory feedback, double tapping,
and home button clicking that get in the way of mea
ningful communication. This
webinar with look at features on the AAC system and
how they can be adjusted so
stimming is less rewarding and in some cases droppe
d completely. The child that
echoes everything the device says may need a differ
ent message than the non-verbal
student. Some children need a video model of conver
sational speech, rather than a
static button. These are features that can be manip
ulated within many of the current
AAC systems on the market today. This population ha
s a lot to say. Let’s help them
get there by making a few simple modifications and
unlocking their world.
Learning Objectives:
Participants will learn how to:
Defining barriers to functional use of the AAC comm
Adjust settings to address stimming behaviors
Modify the message for those who echo the device
Add video modeling for conversational speech
For more information on this topic prior to the web
inar, check this out:


 Nicky is an SLP and AT specialist in Mount Vernon, WA. She is a National Board Certified Teacher and has served students ages 3-21 in the public schools for the past 10 years. Nicky has previously worked in the medical setting and currently has a small private practice specializing in AAC (alternative augmentative communication) devices and services for adults in the workplace. Special areas of interest include teaming to create customized solutions for people with complex needs and collaborating with local and regional professionals to increase capacity to provide assistive technology devices and services to people across the lifespan in Washington State.

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