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The Special Education Technology Center hosts various guests to talk about issues relating to Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) & Assistive Technology.

Awe and Wonder Podcast: AAC & AT Special Ed Tech Center

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The Special Education Technology Center hosts various guests to talk about issues relating to Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) & Assistive Technology.

    Awe and Wonder S4 E8 Cultural Responsiveness: Karanveer Singh with KP Singh and Rose Racicot

    Awe and Wonder S4 E8 Cultural Responsiveness: Karanveer Singh with KP Singh and Rose Racicot

    Karanveer Singh is an AAC User and contributor to the Special Education Technology Center who recently won the 2024 Prentke AAC Distinguished Lecture. In this episode he is joined by his mother, KP Singh, and his family friend and OT Rose Racicot. KP, Rose and Karanveer talk to us about the role Karanveer's Indian culture, language and family values play in his life and his experience living in both India and Washington. Note: For the purposes of this podcast some periods of silence during which Karanveer is composing his messages using his AAC system have been edited.
     
    Resources: 2024 Prentke AAC Distinguished Lecture: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1hyBPF7-dWU&t=1s 
    My AAC Journey: Switches to Eye Gaze to Infinity with Karanveer Singh https://youtu.be/Wq0iLIviL-o?si=za_R64gc-cYKGN-7 
    Effortless Design: Eye Gaze Features Explored in Adobe Illustrator- Karanveer Singh https://youtu.be/FsFvXlUV9D8?si=RwjazJtclRmEVxTE 
    Breaking Barriers: Movie Editing with Alternative Access https://youtu.be/CDareDn-Je0?si=nCbpsC8UMJu3Sbtt
    Tobii Dynavox Eye Gaze Systems https://us.tobiidynavox.com/
    Google Translate: https://translate.google.com/

    • 30 min
    Awe and Wonder Podcast S4 E7 Cultural Responsiveness: Maria De Leon

    Awe and Wonder Podcast S4 E7 Cultural Responsiveness: Maria De Leon

    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 :https://praacticalaac.org/featured-posts/cultural-linguistic-aac-bilingual-literacy-aac/
    Diverse AAC @diverseaac Provides a chart of AAC systems in various languages. AAC app/Device Crosswalk: https://airtable.com/appoMuxhQEeROuLpp/shrViK9VEIP58GJhH/tblw0LUpFpVgg69mr/viwDZwqUflgQZjlZB?blocks=hide 
    Bookshare.org Bookshare provides access to digital books that can be read aloud with text-to-speech for eligible students. 

    • 50 min
    Awe and Wonder Podcast S4 E6 Cultural Responsiveness: Tasha Antone and Wolf Brown

    Awe and Wonder Podcast S4 E6 Cultural Responsiveness: Tasha Antone and Wolf Brown

    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: https://www.mda.org/disease/spinal-muscular-atrophy
    Head Start services: https://www.acf.hhs.gov/ohs/about/head-start
    Inclusive playgrounds: https://www.inclusiveplaygrounds.net/facts-of-inclusivity.html
    Native American advocacy groups: https://nativeamericatoday.com/political-organizations-and-advocacy-groups/
    Making worksheets accessible: https://youtu.be/8cRfRPTy_iY?si=ff2hGcjz1iXMyqfW
    International Day of Acceptance: https://nationaltoday.com/international-day-of-acceptance/ 

    • 50 min
    Awe and Wonder Podcast S4 E5: Jordyn Carroll

    Awe and Wonder Podcast S4 E5: Jordyn Carroll

    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: 
    jrctheslp.com
    The Color Of Autism Foundation https://thecolorofautism.org/

    • 36 min
    Awe and Wonder Podcast S4 E4: Danielle Van Dusen

    Awe and Wonder Podcast S4 E4: Danielle Van Dusen

    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.
    https://opendoorswa.org/

    • 36 min
    Awe and Wonder Podcast S4 E3: Toi Randolph & Carrisa Evans

    Awe and Wonder Podcast S4 E3: Toi Randolph & Carrisa Evans

    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.

    • 1 hr 4 min

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