MonTECH Virtual MontCOMM 2020 Event August 4th!

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MontCOMM: Making Learning Awesome for All, Including Users of Alternative Communication

About this Event Speaker Christopher Bugaj, M.A., CCC-SLP will lead attendees through a morning and afternoon session of education, engagement, and networking. A full agenda and additional information about learning sessions can be found here: MontCOMM 2020. If a student is not successfully using verbal speech as her or his primary form of expression by the age of three, educators working with that student should be considering augmentative/alternative communication. But what are those considerations? What principles should everyone involved be using when making decisions about what technology to select for implementation? Considerations discussed during this session will include the Least Dangerous Assumption, vocabulary selection, vocabulary organization, aided language input, and designing engaging and empowering language opportunities. Participants will examine a continuum of supports for how to provide inclusive instruction and accessible materials supported by technology. There are a number of strategies fostered by technologies that can be used by students who are learning language that can also be applied to students with other disabilities, including dyslexia, to enhance their own learning. Participants will learn about initiatives to help educators select materials which are born accessible, how to make inaccessible texts accessible, how to create accessible materials, and how to help students learn to make their own materials accessible in preparation for graduation and the world beyond. If interested in a scholarship to attend, please email Molly at molly.kimmel@mso.umt.edu. Scholarship registrations will be evaluated on a first come, first served basis. CEUs from ASHA, MOTA, and OPI are available. (Image above depicts an Assistive Technology Specialist showing communication device to young boy

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