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2019 Augmentive & Alternative Communication All-Day Workshop: "Creating AT and AAC Solutions in Minutes for Students with Multiple Disabilities"

Date: March 01, 2019

Time: 8:00AM to 3:30PM

Location: Vanderbilt Commons, Conference Room 233

Event Flyer: AACworkshop-2019.pdf

AAC All-Day Workshop: Creating AT and AAC Solutions in Minutes for Students with Multiple Disabilities
Friday, Mar. 1, 2019, 8:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Location: Martha Rivers Ingram Commons, Vanderbilt University Campus

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For speech-language pathologists, special educators, other professionals in related fields, students, parents, and family members. This workshop will be offered for .6 ASHA CEUs (intermediate level; professional area). Credit will only be offered for those individuals who attend the entire Friday workshop. However, those who do not wish to receive CEUs are not required to attend the entire workshop.

“Freedom of Speech” was the First Amendment ratified in 1791, yet individuals who experience a communication impairment are often denied this right due to lack of appropriate technology or lack for funding to purchase needed AAC devices. According to the World Health Organization, the number of individuals who need assistive technology will continue to rise yet the funding available to meet this need will not. Therefore, we all must explore innovative methods, materials and resources for creating AT and AAC devices in minutes to give everyone a voices and the freedom to use their voice in every environment and at every moment in time. This full day hands-on workshop will discuss and demonstrate over 100 different AT and AAC devices that can be made in minutes using everyday materials. Participant will discover amazing solutions that can be created in five minutes or less for $5.00 or less using Coroplast, Instamorph, Transparency Film, PVC, Loc-Line, 10 different specialty tapes and flexible wire. In addition, each person will create three multi use AT/AAC devices to take home with them.

Presenter Information:

Therese Willkomm, Ph.D., is the Director of New Hampshire’s State Assistive Technology Program with the Institute on Disability at the University of New Hampshire (UNH) and is a clinical associate professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy where she teaches eight different Assistive Technology courses and oversees the Graduate Certificate in Assistive Technology. She is known nationally and internationally for her innovative strategies for creating solutions in minutes. She has designed and fabricated over two thousand solutions for individuals with disabilities including her patented A.T. Pad Stand, a multiuse assistive technology mounting device. She has presented her work in 42 states, nine foreign countries and three U.S. Territories; has written 22 assistive technology related publications including her new book titled Assistive Technology Solutions in Minutes – Book 2 – Ordinary Items, Extraordinary Solutions.

Registration Fees:

  • $175 for professionals
  • $125 per person for two or more professionals from the same institution
  • $50 for students and teachers

The workshop fee includes lunch/breaks and instructional resources. Space is limited. Register by Friday, February 22, 2019. For information on paying by check or purchase order, contact Kate Carney.

Co-sponsored by:

  • Department of Special Education, Vanderbilt Peabody College
  • Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences, Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center
  • Vanderbilt Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Training Program
  • Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities
  • Technology Access Center


For more information, call (615) 322-8240.

The VKC welcomes persons with disabilities.

Contact kc@vanderbilt.edu or 615-322-8240 for disability access information; 2 weeks advance notice is recommended for some accommodations (e.g., Braille, signing).