Session 1 Power through Partnership: Lessons Learned in AAC Team Leadership

8:45 am - 10:00 am

Speaker: Dana Nieder

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Power through Partnership

Students who use AAC benefit from support both at school and at home in order to become proficient communicators. When families and professionals partner to provide this support, they are able to maximize functional communication across environments and identify new potential areas of growth. This session will highlight specific ways to invest, empower, and support team members. Participants will learn about numerous resources and strategies that can be used with families and professionals who have varying levels of AAC experience.

Speaker Bio: Dana Nieder is a former teacher, current AAC parent-advocate, and new speech-language pathologist (CF). She writes the blog "Uncommon Sense" and runs the social media accounts associated with the blog. She is passionate about providing individuals with complex communication needs with early access to robust AAC systems, and about bridging the gap that can exist between AAC families and professionals. Dana lives in NYC with her husband, Dave, and two children, Maya and Will.