This session will explore societal perspectives of relationships and dating for individuals who communicate through AAC. As a full-time and lifelong AAC communicator, Stephanie will share her experiences and discuss how societal attitudes and behaviors shape and reshape the relationships between AAC communicators and people without AAC needs.
First Learning Objective: Identify three or more myths perpetuated by society about AAC communicators in relation with dating.
Second Learning Objective: Discuss three or more real-life scenarios of an AAC communicator's experience in relation with dating.
Third Learning Objective: Recommend two or more supportive practices to empower individuals with AAC needs in personal relationships.
Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)
Secondary same as primary
- Accessibility Professional
- Communication Specialist
- Consumers/Individuals with Disabilities
- Disability Services
- Family Members
- Occupational Therapists
- Physical Therapists
- Rehab Therapists
- Speech-Language Pathologists
- Special Education Educators
- Transition Coordinator
Primary Life Cycle Addressed
Higher Education; Adult/Senior; Other Teenager/Young Adult
Session Delivery Format
In-person presentation with recording
This course was given at the ATIA 2022 Conference on Thursday, Jan 27: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (EST)
Continuing Education Credits
For Satisfactory Completion and Continuing Education information, please visit: ATIA Learning Center CEUs
ASHA CE Information:
Start date of ASHA CEUs offering: August 15, 2022
This course is also offered for the following CE Provider Credits:
ACVREP; AOTA; IACET
For: 0.10 CEU Units or 1.0 CEU Hours.
This course was approved by CRCC for CRC CEUs and was included in the ATIA 2022 Virtual Event series. The ATIA 2022 Virtual Event CRC series offering was available from January 25, 2022 through January 24, 2023.
Stephanie specializes in the cultural communication of people with significant mobility and communicative differences and their autonomy, independence, and sense of self. She earned her BA and MA in Communication Studies, both at San Jose State. She hones in on the relationships between the AAC communicators and their support systems. As a full-time and lifelong augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) communicator, Stephanie periodically presents about her insights and experiences with AAC in graduate seminars and also presents on the national level. Her presentations can be found on YouTube. Also, she helps children, teenagers, and young adults with their communication devices and instructs courses on ableism. She is an ambassador for Prentke-Romich Company and her wife, Katerina, is a full-time employee of Eyegaze Inc.
Relevant Financial Relationship: Yes
Stephanie Fassov receives donations for lectures she hosts and consulting she conducts online through We've Got Smarts.
Relevant Non-Financial Relationship: Yes
Stephanie Fassov communicates with a Prentke-Romich Company communication device but receives no compensation. Additionally, Stephanie's wife works for Eyegaze Inc., which produces communication devices.