Supports for Families

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Office Hours:

Please note office hours are intended to provide real-time technical assistance to educators, caregivers, parents, and students. Technical assistance is not legal advice. Specific questions concerning a student’s special education program or the laws relating to the provision of services in a child’s IEP (Individualized Educational Program) should be directed to ConsultLine at 800-879-2301.

Testing your system:

Participants are encouraged to test your computers/devices prior to the date of the web conference using, and to seek local assistance if you encounter difficulty.

Date/Time: Tue 1-3 PM & Wed 9-11
Go to to schedule an appointment or for an alternate time email Join Zoom meeting from your computer or join by phone (646) 876-9923 and type in meeting ID 343 939 562

Possible Topics:  AT/AAC general Q&A

Email for Questions:

Pre-Recorded Trainings: 

  • Communication All Day Long: AAC in Classroom with Caroline Musslewhite For those of us in classrooms, we may find struggles with ensuring assistive technology is being used effectively to access the learning. PaTTAN YouTube Channel Podcast Platform Length: 18:32
  • I Have More to Say!”: Moving Beyond Requesting with AAC Requesting is a common starting point for many emergent communicators. While requesting is a motivating place to begin, we often find ourselves feeling stuck there. In this session, we will explore ideas for incorporating core vocabulary into daily classroom routines, and provide examples of implementation. Length: 48:26


Live Trainings:

Insurance Funding for Speech-Generating Devices by Pat Mervine
Date/Time: March 24 (3-4 PM)
Description: Obtaining insurance funding for tablet-based speech-generating devices (SGD) can be daunting. This webinar will guide attendees through the forms, reports, and procedures that must be followed for initial application and appeals. Emphasis will be on the keywords, phrases, and elements in AAC reports that lead to a successful outcome.
Link to Join webinar:

Save the date for this year’s AAC Talks 2020 on May 8!
Date/Time: May 15 (8:45 AM-3:45 PM)
Description: This unique AAC conference is designed to provide participants with strategies, resources, and ideas to support students with complex communication needs in classrooms and other environments. National and local presenters will address a variety of topics including classroom implementation strategies, core vocabulary, access and positioning for AAC, parent engagement, and features of AAC devices and apps.
All sessions are available right from your desktop or mobile device!