November 9, 2017

Eaton RESA Hosts Augmentative/Alternative Communication Conference, #TalkingAAC

East Lansing, MI- For the fourth year, Eaton RESA has coordinated a conference specific to the needs of individuals with complex communication needs. The conference, called #TalkingAAC, invited participants to engage in learning best practices in the field of Augmentative/Alternative Communication (AAC). 

The 2017 conference took place at the Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center in East Lansing, Michigan on November 1-3.

"While there has been a rapid growth in the availability of specialized devices and apps to support communication needs, there is an ever-growing need for training in exactly how to implement these tools effectively," said Rachael Langley, Augmentative/Alternative Communication Specialist at Eaton RESA. "A lot of parents or teachers have access to an iPad or a program, but they need strategies for teaching communication in an alternative way. Our goal in developing this conference is to provide quality supports to meet that need."

The conference draws upon experts from around the nation to attend and present on topics such as communication to support behavior, literacy instruction for non-verbal learners and implementation strategies for AAC in the classroom. Conference attendees represented all regions of Michigan, as well as many participants from outside Michigan and the United States.

After another successful conference, organizers are setting their sights on the #TalkingAAC 2018 conference. "Our goal is to help as many people as possible access information on quality AAC implementation and supports," says Langley. "We will keep #TalkingAAC until the need has been met."

The #TalkingAAC team consists of Rachael Langley, Robin Pegg and Elizabeth Fedewa from Eaton RESA and Laura Taylor from Char-Em ISD. For more information about the conference, visit www.talkingaac.org. To find out more about Eaton RESA, visit www.eatonresa.org.