Special Interest Group 12, Augmentative and Alternative Communication SIG 12 has 3,172 affiliates. In recent news, the Senate passed the Steve Gleason Act of 2015. This legislation dictates that eye-tracking accessories for speech-generating device (SGDs) are covered by Medicare, and removes SGDs from the capped-rental rules so patients can purchase and keep their own devices. Further, ... SIG Spotlight
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Special Interest Group 12, Augmentative and Alternative Communication
The ASHA Leader, July 2015, Vol. 20, online only. doi:10.1044/leader.SIGS.20072015.np
The ASHA Leader, July 2015, Vol. 20, online only. doi:10.1044/leader.SIGS.20072015.np
How many affiliates does your SIG have?
SIG 12 has 3,172 affiliates.
Is there an important new issue surrounding your SIG’s subject matter right now? Highlight a timely event or trend.
In recent news, the Senate passed the Steve Gleason Act of 2015. This legislation dictates that eye-tracking accessories for speech-generating device (SGDs) are covered by Medicare, and removes SGDs from the capped-rental rules so patients can purchase and keep their own devices. Further, Medicare is proposing to expand the type of communication and features of SGDs to include more remote speech for audible and written communication, such as Internet use. If you would like to learn more, see the Medicare draft detailing the SGD revisions.
What upcoming events related to or sponsored by your SIG should everyone know about? Chats, conferences or convention events?
SIG 12 Coordinating Committee members are developing a series of online chat events to spur discussion, just in time for the new academic/school year. The chats are scheduled to begin in September. Topics in the series include AAC evaluation as it affects school systems, implementing and embedding AAC within the classroom, and workload-caseload management with regard to students using AAC.
Several exciting events have been planned for the 2015 ASHA Convention in Denver. In the SIG 12–sponsored ASHA short course “Be More With Core: Tips and Resources for Rolling Out a Core Vocabulary Initiative,” Kelly Key, assistive technology coordinator and special services facilitator, Barrington (Illinois) School District, and Barrington speech-language pathologists Rachel Hessl and Jennifer Schaap, will provide guidance for school-based AAC programming.
The SIG 12 invited lecture, “Using Core Vocabulary to Meet the Demands of Core Standards,” will be presented by Karen Erickson, director of the Center for Literacy and Disability Studies at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine.
SIG 12 also invites you to the Edwin and Esther Prentke AAC Distinguished Lecture, “Life Changes Facilitate New Mind-Sets.” This year’s presenter, Kristin Rytter, is an efficient user of an AAC system and manages her own website and business, SAGE-WITHIN-us.
Which of your recent Perspectives articles is a must-read for CSD professionals, and why?
It may be no surprise that the most widely read SIG 12 Perspectives article in recent months was “‘We Bought an iPad’: Considering Family Priorities, Needs, and Preferences as an AAC Support Provider,” authored by Jessica Gosnell Caron. This must-read article reflects the changing paradigm in service delivery. A growing number of families are adopting and embracing the use of iPads and other mobile technology for use as AAC systems, and this article provides clinicians with timely information addressing why merely having access to technology does not guarantee communication success.
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