Links I Love

Podcasts

Talking with Tech (AAC podcast) – Weekly podcast that features SLPs, professionals, and AAC users having collaborative discussions about AAC use in education & the disability community. Usually range from about 50-60 minutes.

Build Math Minds –  This is not a specifically special education podcast, but it’s a really, really good resource for understanding number sense and the building blocks of math. A better understanding of these basics allow us to become better teachers to all of our students. These hands-on math activities also tend to incorporate wider levels and more universal design experiences.

Blogs & Facebook Pages

PrAACtical AAC – One of the most extensive collections of supports for any teacher, parent, or professional supporting an AAC or AT user. There are videos, visuals, how-to guides, downloads, connections to research, and so much more. You can follow their blog, or follow them on Facebook.

The Autistic OT – This is one of my new favorites: occupational therapy and support for neurodiversity FROM a neurodiverse perspective. We need more, more, more. It’s a fun page with quotes, comments, illustrations, and links to some of the latest research (which often confirms what autistics have been saying for years).

Jane Farrell – Jane’s blog includes examples of strategies in actions, links to favorite apps, tools you can use, and connections to other literacy resources.

Ollibean – Community of parents, families, and advocates from the disability community with lots of disability acceptance and inclusion advocacy work, plus links to research, articles, and strategies to make you think.

Pre-K Teach & Play –  Kristie Pretti-Frontczak shares resources on her website that promote play as the primary method for early childhood instruction. There is both paid and free access content available.

Facebook Groups

AAC Through Motivate, Model & Move Out of the Way – Parent & professional group that is built upon Kate Ahern’s work in supporting motivating experiences, modeling language, and getting out of the way to allow students to truly access their voices.

AAC for the SLP – Professional only group that problem solves access methods, funding denials, consulting with other professionals, and all the things that happen to make AAC work across environments.

Angelman, Literacy & Education – Parent & professional group with mutual sharing of wisdom on connecting kids to deep practices of encouraging autonomy through communication and real literacy instruction.

Virtual Conferences

AAC in the Cloud – Annual conference hosted by CoughDrop in June, with some sessions available live and some on replay. Wide variety of presenters that has grown each year.

Angelman Communication Training Series – Free series of one to two hour webinars hosted by a wide variety of leaders that are doing the work to support children with complex bodies to access robust language systems and true literacy instruction. There is SO MUCH good stuff here, no matter who you teach. And it’s ALL FREE.

Dynamic Learning Maps Professional Development – Although this PD site was originally created to support the implementation of the DLM alternate assessment, professionals and families will find a wealth of information teaching literacy, math, & science to students with complex bodies. There are video modules, links to exemplar adapted texts, and so much more. Also: free.

Live Conferences

ATIA – Annual conference held in Orlando, FL at the end of January. This conference is not exclusive to communication systems, but focuses on assistive technology across a wide variety of domains. This could be positioning, independent employment, social engagement, and many other ways that AT enhances lives.

Closing the Gap – Fall conference held in the Midwest that similarly focuses on a wider presentation of assistive technology tools. I’ve heard nothing but amazing things from both parents and professionals that attend CTG, and hope to make it there myself one day!

ISAAC – Conference that occurs every two years at different locations around the world. The next event will be in 2020 in Mexico. This conference includes young adult and camp activities for AAC users, as well as the standard pre-workshop and workshop formats.