Awe and Wonder Podcast: AAC & AT

Are you losing the human connection in the midst of data collection? Join Brenda and Sarah as they talk with inspirational people who create awe and wonder in unique ways. “Wonder inspires the wish to understand; awe inspires the wish to let shine, to acknowledge and to unite.” Ulrich Weger & Johannes Wagemann (sourced from Atlas of the Heart by Brene Brown) Participants will hear first hand accounts from people supporting students with complex needs. Assistive Technology, Augmentative Alternative Communication (AAC) and IEP goals are discussed, but human connection is highlighted throughout this engaging series.

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Monday Mar 11, 2024

Maria De Leon is an SLP in Southern California who specializes in AAC. She, along with two other SLPs, started a website called Bilingue AAC, which is packed with resources for parents, teachers, and SLPs who work with bilingual students. Maria reminds us that speaking multiple languages is part of a student's identity and culture and it is critical to take this into consideration with AAC assessment and implementation.
Resources mentioned in this episode:
BilingueAAC BilingueAAC is set to provide bilingual AAC resources to families and professionals that work with bilingual AAC users.
PrAACtical AAC PrAACtical AAC supports a community of professionals and families who are determined to improve the communication and literacy abilities of people with significant communication difficulties. 
Cultural-Linguistic AAC: Bilingual Literacy and AAC :
Diverse AAC @diverseaac Provides a chart of AAC systems in various languages. AAC app/Device Crosswalk: Bookshare provides access to digital books that can be read aloud with text-to-speech for eligible students. 

Monday Mar 04, 2024

In this episode focused on cultural responsiveness, parents Tasha and Wolf share their experiences raising their daughter who has Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) and the immense supports they have received along the way through their reservation, beginning with schooling at 6 months of age.
Resources based on discussion in this episode: 
SMA information:
Head Start services:
Inclusive playgrounds:
Native American advocacy groups:
Making worksheets accessible:
International Day of Acceptance: 

Monday Feb 26, 2024

Jordyn is an SLP who is passionate about cultural responsiveness and representation. She talks about attending a predominantly white school and later a historically black college or institution and how those experiences helped her become an advocate for herself and for others. 
Mentioned in this podcast:
The Color Of Autism Foundation

Tuesday Feb 20, 2024

Danielle Van Dusen is an Assistive Technology Specialist with Open Doors for Multicultural Families, an organization in Washington State that supports and partners with individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities and their families, regardless of cultural or linguistic background.

Monday Feb 12, 2024

Toi and Carrisa are parents to their young daughter with complex needs and an older son who is typically developing. In this podcast they candidly share experiences of bias they've faced when getting services for their daughter and examples of what providers can do differently to help all families feel comfortable and heard.

Monday Feb 05, 2024

Dr. Renaldo Fowler works for the Arizona Center for Disability law. He tells us about the African American Conference on Disabilities that addresses the intersection between race and disability and about the importance of having a safe space for good conversations.
Mentioned in this podcast: African American Conference on Disability

Monday Jan 29, 2024

Dr. Scott, Assistant Professor at Minnesota State University Mankato in the Communication Sciences & Disorders Program, talks to us about cultural humility, tools providers can add to their cultural responsiveness toolbox, and the importance of knowing our students and families.
Resources mentioned in this podcast:
Textbook: Culturally Responsive Practices in Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences
Website: Leaders Project

Monday Nov 20, 2023

Chris talks to us about access to keyboards, the 80/20 rule for teaching, model the core and spell the fringe, and authentic ways to engage through literacy.

Monday Nov 13, 2023

Drew describes herself as a sassy, creative, outgoing lady with a side of disability. She describes the important role literacy plays in her life and encourages new AAC users to not give up.

Monday Nov 06, 2023

In this episode Elisa Wern talks about her Comprehensive Literacy For All Book Study group on Facebook , being collaborative partners in literacy instruction, access to the alphabet, and much more!
Mentioned in podcast:
Fundamentals of AAC A Case Study Chapter Co Authored with Sarah Gregory on Sensory processing and AAC
Collaborative goals statement from AOTA, AOTA, and ASHA


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