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CR-LDR-10: Communication and Self-Determination: The Needs of Adults with Developmental Disabilities

The communication needs of adults with developmental disabilities are rarely addressed by the programs that serve them. The assumption that these individuals may no longer make progress in acquiring language or developing greater expressive communication, especially in the face of the lack of professionals that support communication for this population, has been challenged by a day program in Lawrenceville, GA. The Board of Directors of the Hi Hope Service Center made communication part of their strategic plan several years ago. In this presentation, the CEO of Hi Hope and the contracted AT Consultant will share how the program has been developed, how funding has been achieved, challenges and successes.

Learning Objectives
First Learning Objective: Define a Functional Communication Review and explain at least one use with adults who experience developmental disabilities.
Second Learning Objective: Identify two assessment tools that can help practitioners form meaningful, measurable goals for adults with developmental disabilities.
Third Learning Objective: Recommend 3 strategies for engaging adults with developmental disabilities in communication using AAC systems.


Target Audience
AT Specialists; Caregivers; Communication Specialist; Consumers/Individuals with Disabilities; Consultants/Trainers; Family Members; Speech-Language Pathologists; Special Education Educators; Transition Coordinator; Visual Impairment Specialists; Vocational Rehabilitation

Experience Level

Content Area
Professional Area

ATIA 2020 Conference Recording
This course was given at the ATIA 2020 Conference on Friday, January 31, 2020 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Continuing Education Credits
For Satisfactory Completion and Continuing Education information, please visit: ATIA Online Education CEUs

Start date of ASHA CEUs offering: 4/1/2020
Type: ASHA
Number of ASHA CEU Hours: 1.0 Number of ASHA CEUs: 0.1

This course is offered for 0.1 ASHA CEUs (Introductory level, Professional area).

This course is offered for the following CE Provider Credits:
For: 0.1 CEU Units.

Susan Boland-Butts
Hi Hope Service Center
Susan has served as the CEO of Hi Hope Service Center since 2010. She also serves as the Executive Director of the Enterline Foundation, which supports organizations serving individuals with developmental disabilities across the US.
Susan has over 29 years of experience in the nonprofit sector having worked in leadership positions for two other metropolitan Atlanta nonprofits. She is a 2012 graduate of Leadership Gwinnett and a 2011 graduate of the Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management program of Harvard Business School.
A graduate of Samford University and the Candler School of Theology at Emory University, Susan lives in Johns Creek, GA with her husband.
Relevant Financial Relationship: Yes
I receive a salary as the CEO of Hi-Hope Service Center and further serve on the organization's Board of Directors.
Relevant Non-Financial Relationship:

Pat Satterfield
Center for AT Excellence
Pat works as an Assistive Technology consultant for the Center 4 AT Excellence. She has recently worked on a range of projects, including the Universal Design for Learning projects at two Georgia universities and providing communication support, functional evaluations, and AT services for adults with developmental disabilities. She enjoys working with families, direct support professionals, therapists, and teachers in addressing the needs of individuals with disabilities.
Pat loves to see individuals with disabilities excited about learning and growing more independent! She brings more than 25 years of experience in Assistive Technology implementation, curriculum adaptation, and training experience to her current endeavors, as well as her personal experience with her son, Blake, 28, who was born with Down Syndrome.
Relevant Financial Relationship
: Yes
Pat Satterfield is the President of the Center 4 AT Excellence, which provides AT services including consulting, training, and evaluation. Pat was employed as a consultant at Hi Hope Service Center until May 2019, where she provided support for communication, AT, and literacy for adults with developmental disabilities.
Relevant Non-Financial Relationship: Yes
Pat's son Blake received employment support services for a short time at Hi Hope. Pat's son, Blake, 28, was born with Down Syndrome.