Presented by Dr David Koppenhaver, Dr Sally Clendon and Jane
A fabulous 5-day instructional course which covers theoretical and practice aspects of literacy instruction for children and adults with disabilities, including complex communication needs.
Who: The course is aimed at teachers and therapists who work with students with disabilities. Parents of children with complex communication needs are also welcome to apply. Numbers are strictly limited to 30 lucky people.
When: 2nd – 6th July 2012
Where: QCCC Brookfield (A campsite in Brisbane)
Cost: $1700 per registrant, inclusive of course instructional fee, course materials, accommodation (all registrants must stay on-site) and all meals for the duration of the course.
David Koppenhaver is a professor of Reading Education and Special Education at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in beginning reading, technology-supported literacy, and literacy research. He is the co-founder and former director of the Center for Literacy and Disability Studies at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (USA).
He and colleagues at the Center offered the first literacy intensive in 1991 in Chapel Hill. In 1998, he was named the Distinguished Lecturer of the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication Biennial Conference in Dublin, Ireland, and, in 2002, a Fulbright Scholar at the former Schonell Center of the University of Queensland in Australia. He has spent the past 29 years teaching and studying struggling readers and writers of all ages with and without disabilities.
Sally Clendon is a speech-language therapist and a consultant in the area of literacy for children with significant disabilities particularly those with complex communication needs. She is a Research Affiliate of the Centre for Literacy and Disability Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA.
Sally has presented nationally and internationally. She has also consulted with various groups including working with companies to develop literacy programmes for children with severe disabilities, working with AAC device manufacturers to develop the language systems within their AAC devices, and working with schools to implement a comprehensive approach to literacy instruction with their students.
Jane Farrall is a speech pathologist and a special educator who has been working in the disability and assistive technology field for over 20 years. She has extensive practical experience in both Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) and in teaching children and adults with disabilities to acquire literacy. Jane has worked for Yooralla Society of Victoria School and Adult services as both therapist and literacy teacher.
She has also worked at the Microcomputer Applications Centre (now called ComTEC) in Victoria, Australia, as an assistive technology professional. She has completed a Masters in Special Education focusing on literacy acquisition in children and adults without speech. Jane is a former Chairperson of AGOSCI and is the founder and organiser of the Big Mouth Camp, a camp for school aged students using speech generating devices and their families.