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AAC & Transition: Life Starts at twenty-one!
The transition to adulthood can be a time of peril. Teams do their best to consider transition goals in the IEP. However, not all issues receive focused attention. Some research shows that AAC users may only have 55% of the concepts needed in adulthood represented in their vocabulary set. This session will give a brief overview of the history of disability rights and access in the United States, with a focus on deinstitutionalization. We will cover topics such as vocabulary for sexuality and safety, vocabulary for reporting abuse, data privacy and potential environments for adult AAC users. This session will provide teachers, therapists, and caregiver some food for thought when it comes to considering the transition to adulthood.

Aug 3, 2022 02:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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Kathryn Helland, MS, CCC-SLP
AAC Specialist @TechOWL @ the Institute on Disabilities
Kathryn Helland is one of the AAC Services Coordinators at the Institute on Disabilities at Temple University. She provides AAC evaluations and AT consultations as part of the TechOWL PA team. Kathryn is a certified speech-language pathologist and has worked with individuals with autism spectrum disorders, multiple disabilities, and complex communication needs. She received her bachelor's degree from Oberlin College and her Master's in Communication Disorders from William Paterson University. She is currently pursuing her doctorate at Temple and plans to conduct research into the experiences of AAC users in higher education.