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My Story of How Getting A Speech Device Change My Life

October 16, 2019 @ 7:00 pm 8:00 pm

Growing up in the 1980s was challenging as child with cerebral palsy. I was smart, but I couldn’t talk, so nobody heard me. This is a story about how I learned how to communicate, first with symbols then with a speech device and how it changed my life.

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About the Presenters:

Todd Hutchinson is an expert AAC user who guest lectures regularly at universities and has helped researchers better the field of AAC. Todd has cerebral palsy but has never let his disability stop him from achieving his lifelong goals. He relies on his SGD, air spelling, texting, email, and social media to communicate with the world. He has fought barriers his entire life and continues to win! Todd inspires anyone that is lucky to meet him.

Moderated By:

Laura E. Smith, M.A., CCC-SLP

Participants will learn:

  1. How the use of multiple modalities to communicate is necessary for individuals with complex communication needs (CCN) to be able to express themselves in all environments.
  2. How the use of a speech generating device compared to a symbol book can significantly improve spontaneous and novel communication.


  • 5 Minutes: Introduction of Speaker, USSAAC and Topic
  • 45 Minutes: Speech given by Todd through his Speech Generating Device
  • 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:

Presenter and moderator have no financial  disclosures to report.  Non-financial disclosure: Members of USSAAC’s Disaster Relief committee


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