Hello to Everyone,
My name is Shannon and I am the new administrator for the AAC Parent Google Group. I have just moved to Pittsburgh from Vermont where I lived for 10 years. I was active in a group known as the Vermont Family Network. I was a parent support person and had my own support group for the town where I lived. I am currently the office manager for the AAC Institute/ICAN Talk Clinic, too.
My daughter has cerebral palsy as well as other diagnoses. She is currently in her second year of college studying Human Services. She would like to be an advocate some day. She has developed my passion for helping those who may need help finding their own voice.
I would like to get some feedback as to how you would like to see this group move forward. Are you happy the way it is? What kinds of things would you like posted to keep you informed? What type of information do you find most valuable to support your child using AAC? Are you in need of someone to talk to?
You may have noticed already that we launched our new ICAN Talk Clinic website, and the AAC Institute has started the process to update our primary website. Some parent requested information has been made available at www.icantalkclinic.com as we as we start redesigning our new site, resources and services. In the meantime, I will be sharing information about our AAC summer camp for those of you already asking how to register for the full parent group to have access.
I look forward to “meeting” all of you in conversation.
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Our son also uses TouchChat on an iPad with no speakers. He is in a kindergarten classroom. I'm sure it could be an issue if they ever needed to get attention when everyone is being noisy or in a lunch room environment. But it would be super easy to add either wired or wireless (bluetooth) speakers.
Our has great gross motor movement so he could use physical methods to get attention in a noisy environment and then they would know to listen to the device. But for someone with limited mobility I could see the importance of having more volume.