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Beyond Knowing Where to Find Messages on High Tech Augmentative and Alternative Systems; What Can We do to Increase Use in Social Interactions

Individuals with Aphasia can successfully augment their communication with high tech systems. Individuals with Aphasia are motivated to communicate with others, especially in the types of interactions that are important to them. This presentation will identify some of the potential barriers individuals with Aphasia face when using high tech AAC systems. Ideas for improving outcomes for the integration of high tech AAC systems into participation-based interactions and activities will be discussed.

November 18, 2020 @ 7:00 pm 8:00 pm

Presented by Julie H. Gatts, M.A., CCC-SLP

Julie Gatts received her B.G.S. and M.A. in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Kansas and is currently pursuing her SLPD with a focus on AAC and adults with acquired disorders. Ms. Gatts has spent her entire 33-year career working with adults with acquired disorders and has practiced in acute, inpatient rehabilitation, outpatient, and home health settings. She is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the Schiefelbusch Clinic at the University of Kansas. Areas of interest include teaching and implementation research with adults with acquired communication disorders (augmentative communication, cognitive communication, aphasia, and dysarthria).

MODERATED BY: Stephanie Meehan

CE courses are available for Free to USSAAC/ISAAC members only. Non-member pays $25 for each webinar. This course is offered for 0.1 ASHA CEUs (Introductory level; Professional area.)


  1. Identify 3 potential barriers people with aphasia who use high tech AAC systems may encounter.
  2. Find 1 new approach or strategy they can incorporate into their practice to support use of AAC for purposes of engagement when working with individuals with aphasia.
  3. Recognize microaggressions that individuals with Aphasia using AAC can experience.

5 minutes: Introduction of speaker, USSAAC, and topic.
10 minutes: Evidence and Experiences Related to Successful Use and Abandonment
15 minutes: Identifying the Content that is Important
10 minutes: Importance of Communication Partner Collaboration
10 minutes: Focus on Use in Social Situation – Making it Happen
5 minutes: Q & A

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) CEUs in speech-language pathology and audiology are awarded by the ASHA CE Registry upon receipt of the CEU Participant Form from the ASHA Approved CE Provider, USSAAC. CEU Participant Forms are available onsite at Registration. ASHA CEUs are provided to full registrations. This program is offered for .1 ASHA CEUs (Introductory Level, Professional Area)

ASHA Disclosures:
• Speaker financial disclosure: Ms. Gatts is paid a salary for clinical teaching at the University of Kansas. She has no non-financial disclosures to report.
• Moderator has no financial or non-financial disclosures to report.

To register for this Webinar please go to the following link:


PLEASE NOTE: Only the first 100 attendees to log into the webinar will be guaranteed spots.

Betsy Caporale, Gretchen Cole-Lade, Richard Hurtig,
Mary Anne Lang, Stephanie Meehan

about USSAAC

The United States Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (USSAAC) is the national chapter of the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ISAAC). As the United States’ only non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the entire AAC community, USSAAC provides an invaluable role, working to ensure that individuals who could benefit from AAC have access to the technology and services they need. Benefits of membership include, but are not limited to:

• Free access to USSAAC webinar series with ASHA CEUs and USSAAC Twitter chats

• Advocacy for maintaining & expanding access to AAC systems and services

• Discount to 2021 ISAAAC Conference – Mexico

• SpeakUp publication/Blog

• Information updates on USSAAC website & social platforms

• Membership in ISAAC with their additional benefits

CONTACT US: membership@ussaac.org
JOIN US: ussaac.org/membership

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