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Talking With Tech

How do people with complex communication needs learn to use augmentative and alternative communication (AAC)? Join speech-language pathologists (SLPs) Rachel, Lucas, and Chris as they answer your questions, discuss relevant research and give you updates on the latest and greatest developments in the field of AAC! Interviews with industry thought-leaders, clinicians, parents, researchers, users, and app developers help you stay up-to-date on the latest devices and apps, best practices for device selection and implementation, ideas for working with communication partners, and more!

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About The Hosts

Lucas Steuber, MA Applied Linguistics, MS CCC-SLP is the co-founder and CEO of SpeechScience as well serving as author, webmaster, editor, and coder. He also provides services in private practice as an AAC specialist and consultant in Portland, OR. He serves as the Director of Clinical Research and Development for Avaz Freespeech, which won Best of Show in CES ASIA in 2016, and is also the founder of GiveLanguage, a consulting agency focused on accessibility through which he has worked with MIT Media Lab, VocaliD, OSMO, Tiggly, JoyLabz (MakeyMakey), SquarePanda, and others. He regularly presents worldwide to speech pathologists and other related health professionals, in additional to writing extensively about and specializing in language and social thinking in pervasive disorders such as Autism Spectrum Disorder as well as Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC). In addition, he serves as a board ambassador to the Autism Society of Oregon, sits on the Strategic Planning Committee of the Autism Society of America, and holds board positions with several local nonprofits. You are welcome to visit Lucas’ website: lukesteuber.com.

Rachel Madel, MS CCC-SLP is a Los Angeles based speech-language pathologist, parent coach, and autism expert who is dedicated to helping caregivers and parents of children with autism improve their connection and communication with their children. You can follow her on Facebook or go to www.rachelmadel.com for exclusive access to additional resources and tips and on how to use AAC technology to help children with autism communicate more effectively!

Christopher R. Bugaj, MA CCC‐SLP is a founding member the Assistive Technology Team for Loudoun County Public Schools. Chris is the author of ATEval2Go (http://bit.ly/ateval2go), an iPad app that helps professionals in education perform technology assessments for students. Chris has presented over 250 live or digital sessions at local, regional, state, national and international events, including TEDx, all of which are listed at http://bit.ly/bugajpresentations. Chris is the co‐author of The Practical (and Fun) Guide to Assistive Technology in Public Schools (http://bit.ly/chewatamazon) published by the International Society on Technology in Education (ISTE). Chris has designed and instructed online courses for ISTE on the topics of Assistive Technology and Universal Design for Learning. His latest book, The New Assistive Tech: Make Learning Awesome For All (http://bit.ly/thenewat4all), is also published by ISTE, and is available for order now!

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