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AAC-115: Representation Matters: Five Ways to Support Diversity and Inclusion in AAC

ATiA 2022 Conference Virtual Event

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This is a free recorded session available to all and is part of an ATIA 2022 Registration Package.

Session recordings will be posted after ATIA 2022 in Orlando.

Sponsored by: Tobii Dynavox


With heighted awareness and sensitivity to the importance of diversity, cultural and linguistic competency, many service providers have been compelled to evaluate their own biases and evaluate how diversity and representation is acknowledged in classrooms and clinical practice. This session will focus on key action items to consider when identifying ways to better support diversity and cultural representation when supporting AAC users and their families. Using checklists, commonly used therapy materials, case studies, and data from round-table discussions, participates will leave with a toolkit of resources that will better equip them to serve diverse populations.

Content Disclosure: This session references resources for individuals with disabilities from Tobii Dynavox and does not reference other similar products.

Learning Objectives

First Learning Objective: Describe three strategies to support diversity and representation for symbol-based AAC users.
Second Learning Objective: Identify one or more tools to use when self-evaluating linguistic and cultural competency.
Third Learning Objective: List four considerations related to diversity when creating and/or using materials in therapy or the classroom

Primary Strand

Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)

Secondary Strand

Education & Learning

Target Audience

  • Administrators
  • AT Specialists
  • Caregivers
  • Communication Specialist
  • Consumers/Individuals with Disabilities
  • Consultants/Trainers
  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Educators
  • Family Members
  • Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Special Education Educators

Experience Level


Primary Life Cycle Addressed


Session Delivery Format

In-person presentation with recording

Course Schedule

This course was given at the ATIA 2022 Conference on Thursday, January 27: 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM (EST)

Continuing Education Credits

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

This course is offered for the following CE Provider Credits:
For: 0.10 CEU Units or 1.0 CEU Hours.


Stephanie Ekis

Tobii Dynavox, Manager, Clinical Content Development


Stephanie Ekis, MS CCC-SLP is Clinical Content Development Manager at Tobii Dynavox. She started her career as an augmentative communication consultant and has taught graduate level AAC courses at the University of Louisville. Stephanie has provided assessment, therapy, and consultation services for individuals with complex communication needs for over 28 years. Her current responsibilities include new product development, customer outcomes/consultation, implementation training and therapy resource development.

Relevant Financial Relationship: Yes
Stephanie is a full time salaried employee at Tobii Dynavox.

Relevant Non-Financial Relationship: No