ALP for AAC: An Access Learning Progression for Teaching Eyegaze and Complex Access Methods

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Speaker Bio:
 Chip Clarke, M.S. CCC-SLP

This session examines tool use learning as it applies first to powered mobility (Assessment of Learning
Powered mobility use – ALP), second as it applies to augmentative and alternative communication (ALP for
AAC), and third as it applies to other areas within assistive technology. Through inter-professional
collaboration, the presenter will demonstrate how the ALP for powered mobility has been adapted to the AAC
population, providing a framework to help guide clinicians in assessing alternative access, and to increase
proficiency with the chosen access method. Audience participation in rating videos and suggesting future
directions will be included.

Credits: Act 48, ASHA, PSYCH

Audience: Speech therapists, Assistive Technology Specialists

Speaker Bio:  Chip Clarke is a speech-language pathologist who has been working with AACC and AT since 1989. Clarke started Assistive Technology Works (ATW), Inc., in 1997 and it has evolved into an AAC equipment distributor for a variety of assistive technology and AAC products. He provides client and clinician support throughout the Mid-Atlantic region for the manufacturers represented by ATW. Clarke has also served as consultant to the Prentke Romich Company, contributing to the developing their eye-gaze technologies, including both the EcoPoint and NuEye systems, and is the co-developer for the “Access Learning Process for AAC,” a clinical strategy for supporting individuals with complex communication needs.