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About the Program
AbleNet offers two programs designed to build capacity and at the same time, extend
a district’s AT dollars. The first program focuses on providing customizable AT solutions
for self-contained classrooms, bundled with support so that the teacher is successful
with implementation. The second program is free to school districts and clinics and
offers the opportunity to obtain medically funded speech generating devices for their
students/clients with communication disorders. Come learn how these programs can build
capacity within your district, while also making your budget go further.
Target Audience: K-12 Administrators, school and clinic based SLPs, OTs, AT Specialists, Special Education
Teachers in self-contained classrooms.
Participants will learn:
- About a professional resource that enables administrators to create equitable classrooms
and build capacity of staff supporting low incidence, autism, or PreK classrooms.
- About federal funding earmarked for assistive technology to support students with
disabilities, distributed to school districts, and available until September 2024.
- About a free funding service available to schools and clinics designed to provide
speech generating devices for their students/clients.
About the Presenters
In her role as AbleNet’s National Assistive Technology Consultant, Cindy works with
districts to identify technology tools and resources that support the academic and
functional success of students with significant disabilities. She has worked with
individuals with disabilities for over 30 years and holds a M.Ed. degree from George
Mason University in Assistive/Special Education Technology.
Tarren DePelsMaeker is a Business Development Manager with AbleNet. She is a licensed
Speech Language Pathologist who helps clinicians identify appropriate clients/students
for a speech generating device as well as guide professionals through the request
of a medically funded QuickTalker Freestyle AAC Device. Tarren holds a M.A. degree
in Communicative Sciences and Disorders from Michigan State University. She has worked
with both children and adults with a variety of disorders including Apraxia of Speech,
Aphasia, Expressive/Receptive Language, Autism, Dysarthria, and Voice.
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