Loading Events

« All Events

Wheelchair to Walker: Educators and SLPs are Encouraging Hands-Free Walker Mobility for Students with Complex Communication Needs!

April 29 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


USSAACWebinar.April29.2020 (flyer)

This seminar will describe a multidisciplinary (SLP, OT, ATP, Teacher) Walker Mobility Program for preschool and elementary students with physical disabilities implemented at the Bridge School since 2006. The team recognized the developmental, social, physical, psychological and educational benefits of imbedding self-initiated mobility into the curricula. Diagnoses of these children include cerebral palsy (CP) and cortical vision impairment (CVI). Students participate in self-initiated mobility experiences through the use of hands-free support walkers such as the Pacer, KidWalk, ProneWalk and Grillo. Research on the impact of self-initiated mobility on development and observed benefits of Bridge School students participating in the walker program will be shared through slides and videos. Features of hands-free support walkers that encourage physical participation and access, adaptations, unaided/aided AAC systems and strategies for peer interaction and playground/classroom activities will be provided. Videos of children in support walkers participating in meaningful activities with peers will be shared including the preschool language/music group, Peer Soccer, The Race and Who Is Taller?

Register for Webinar: Wednesday, April 29, 2020 7:00-8:00 PM EDT

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

Files: ASHA CEU Participant FormCertificate of Attendance

Please give us your feedback on this webinar by completing the Participant Survey

About the Presenter:

Christine Wright, Ott, MPA, OTR/L is an occupational therapist with more than 35 years of experience. She is currently in private practice and a consultant at the Bridge School in Hillsborough, California. She has worked in a variety of settings, including California Children’s Services, a High Tech Center and at the former Rehabilitation Engineering Center at Children’s Hospital at Stanford, where she was author and principal investigator of two Department of Education (NIDRR funded) grants: “Transitional Ortho-therapeutic Walker (TOTWalker) for Preschool Children with Cerebral Palsy,” and the “Transitional Powered Mobility Aid” (TPMA). She is a frequent lecturer at national and international conferences (ISAAC, ATIA, CTG, ISS, AAC by the Bay) and universities. She has authored the 3rd through 7th editions of the chapter “Mobility” in Occupational Therapy for Children and Adolescents.

Moderated By:

Sarah Blackstone, PH.D. — A founder of USSAAC, Sarah remains deeply committed to addressing barriers to communication ACCESS across settings, circumstances and communication partners.


  • Three beneficial outcomes a child with a physical disability can potentially experience using a hands-free support walker. 
  • Two recess or classroom activities that students with complex communication needs and physical disabilities can accomplish using a hands-free support walker. 
  • How to identify an AAC system/strategy for a student in a support walker that can increase interactions with peers.


  • 5 minutes: Introduction of speaker, USSAAC and topic 10 minutes: Relevant studies on self-initiated mobility and physical activity 20 minutes: The Bridge School Walker Program
  • 15 minutes: Walker features for access, adaptations, AAC strategies 
  • 5 minutes: Video 5 minutes: Q and 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 has no financial or non-financial disclosures to report. 

      • Moderator has no financial or non-financial disclosures to report


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 2018 ISAAAC Conference – Australia 
  • SpeakUp publication/Blog 
  • Information updates on USSAAC website & social platforms 
  • Membership in ISAAC with their additional benefits



membership@ussaac.org ussaac.org/membership


April 29
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Event Category:




Event Registration Details
PLEASE NOTE: CE courses are available for Free to USSAAC/ISAAC members only.

AAC Info

There’s a broad range of strategies and devices that individuals may use for communication if their speech isn’t functional.

Read More

Become a Member

Join us in our mission to enhance the lives of people with complex communication needs.

Read More

Our Latest News

Find out about events and webinars of interest to the AAC community!

Read More