October 20-21, 2017 Alternative and Augmentative Communication Strategies for Early Communicators with Visual Impairment and Multiple Disabilities Including Deafblindness: Practical Ideas for Daily Routines

This workshop with Megan Mogan, speech language pathologist, will highlight ways in which educators can develop and integrate lite- and lo-tech Augmentative Alternative Communication (AAC) systems for students who are blind/visually impaired with multiple disabilities, including deafblindness.  Educators will consider both receptive and expressive AAC forms in the context of engaging, early literacy and communication activities across the school day.  Megan is a speech language pathologist working with the Arizona School for the Deaf and Blind. She focuses on the communication needs of early communicators who are blind, visually impaired and deafblind.

Who:  Parents/guardians, teachers, and educational service providers of children who are deafblind or visually         impaired with multiple disabilities.   

What: This workshop will focus on lite and lo tech AAC systems for children who are deafblind or visually impaired with multiple disabilities.

When: Friday, October 20th from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Saturday, October 21st from 8:00 am – 2:00 pm

Where:   Staybridge Inn and Suites – a block of rooms will be held until October 6th.

6905 Lake Drive, West Des Moines, IA

(515) 223-0000

Weblink for room reservations: Iowa Deafblind Project Room Reservation

You will click the link above and that will take you to our main reservation page. From there you will enter the dates of stay (October 20) and hit “check availability”. That will then take you directly into the group block with the rooms and discounted rates. From there you can just book your reservation. The room rate is $73.00 per night plus tax.


Additional information: Stipends are available to participants who work with a student on Iowa’s Deafblind Registry. Participants within 50 miles of the workshop location will be eligible for a $150 travel stipend and participants coming from greater than 50 miles will be eligible for a $300 travel stipend. Participants must attend both days to receive a stipend. Only one stipend is available per family.

Registration for the AAC workshop has now closed. There is currently a waiting list for participants. If you have questions, please contact Susan Brennan at sbrennan@iowa-braille.k12.ia.us. 

AAC Workshop Flyer 2017