AAC Anywhere! There may be many barriers to introducing AAC, but distance should not be one of them. This workshop will focus on a current project that demonstrates the effectiveness of remote AAC assessment, intervention, and modeling using tools and techniques we have learned during the pandemic when in-person learning was not possible. Through partnerships with PicSeePal in Australia, the Nika Project in California, and CoughDrop in Utah, we are currently working with teams with different levels of AAC experience in six countries across the globe (India, Peru, Nigeria, UAE, Malaysia, Micronesia).
Content Disclosure: This session will focus on the Nika Project, an international online community sharing information on remote AAC assessment, intervention, and modeling using tools and techniques learned during the pandemic. Project partners include: PicSeePal in Australia, the Nika Project in California, and CoughDrop in Utah. There will be limited or no information provided about similar research projects.
First Learning Objective: Describe one or more features of assessment tools that can be used to assess language needs and skills in multiple languages and with non-professional individuals.
Second Learning Objective: Identify one or more tools that can be remotely managed to provide AAC language skills, deliver educational content, and therapeutic intervention tools and strategies for diverse learners in any language.
Third Learning Objective: Participants will describe one or more strategies for modeling and training that are specifically adapted to need, level of experience, language and culture.
Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)
- AT Specialists
- Communication Specialist
- Disability Services
- Speech-Language Pathologists
- Special Education Educators
Primary Life Cycle Addressed
Session Delivery Format
In-person presentation with live-stream
This course was given at the ATIA 2022 Conference on Thursday, Jan 27: 4:30 PM - 5:30 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: November 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.
Dan Phillips, MS-CCC SLP, AAC/AT Specialist
The Nika Project, President, The Nika Project
Dan Phillips is a speech pathologist/assistive technology specialist and the founder and director of the Tech Resource Center Marin, a technology center that serves the assistive technology needs of over 4,000 students from the ages of newborn to 22 in Marin County, California. Having previously been awarded California state-level highest honors for his work in the field of Speech Pathology, he was runner-up for Teacher of the Year for the state of California in 2016 and was awarded Outstanding Tech Director from the Edvocate Tech Awards for 2017 and Outstanding International Contributions to the field of speech pathology by ASHA in 2019. He is President and co-founder of the Nika Project, a non-profit organization made up of volunteer professionals in the field of AAC and AT that shares and trains sustainable, cost-effective assistive technology solutions for special needs communities globally. He lectures both nationally and internationally and has been an invited speaker in Australia, South Africa, Poland, Brazil, Portugal, India, Saudia Arabia, Oman, the UK and Dubai.
Relevant Financial Relationship: Yes
Salary from employment with Tech Resource Center Marin.
Relevant Non-Financial Relationship: Yes
He is President and co-founder of the Nika Project, a non-profit organization made up of volunteer professionals in the field of AAC and AT that shares and trains sustainable, cost-effective assistive technology solutions for special needs communities globally.