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School of Medicine Columbia

Building Capacity & Stretching Your AT Dollars

Type: Recorded Webinar
Location: Webinar with Transcript
Cost: Free. (Registration is required.)


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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:

  1. About a professional resource that enables administrators to create equitable classrooms and build capacity of staff supporting low incidence, autism, or PreK classrooms. 
  2. About federal funding earmarked for assistive technology to support students with disabilities, distributed to school districts, and available until September 2024. 
  3. About a free funding service available to schools and clinics designed to provide speech generating devices for their students/clients. 

About the Presenters

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Cindy Richardson

 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.

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Tarren DePelsMaeker

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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