The Reach of my Voice: Towards Autonomy
AGOSCI Online Workshop Number 2
Dr Kathy Howery
This event registration gives you access to a recording of Webinar #2 Only
Webinar Series Overview
Every person has an individual voice. Every voice is authentic and an expression of our being. This is true for those of us who speak with the voices out of our mouths and for those of us who speak with AAC.
Today, AAC enables communication for people who are unintelligible with their “natural” voice – for children and adults who are “speechless”. AAC enables the ordinary by giving everyone something most humans take utterly for granted – the power of speech. But speech is not taken for granted by AAC users. Their experience of having a voice, a voice that is theirs, a voice that enables (but not quite) the ability to participate in the flow of human conversation is different.
Webinar 2: Talking In Text Time - The Experience of AAC Users
In this webinar we explore the challenge of time for AAC users; how does the rate of 'natural talk time' impact and silence an AAC user? We will discuss the concept of 'text time' and how this time may lift the burden of time from SGD users. Implications for educators and others who support children and youth who use SGD are brought forward through reflection and discussion of this unique experience of voice and time.
This webinar will draw on the information presented in Kathy's Communication Disorders Quarterly article:
Howery, K. L. (2018). Out of Time: The Experience of Speech-Generating Device Users. Communication Disorders Quarterly, 40(1), 40–49. https://doi.org/10.1177/1525740118766480
This live event was held in July 2020. Recorded access is now available via payment only. If you paid for the live event, you will be granted access to the recording automatically.
Drawing upon Kathy's own research into the lived experience of speaking through Speech Generating device and current research in the field of AAC, participants will:
Gain an understanding of the impact of time and timing on AAC users (Howery, 2017; Higginbotham & Wilkins, 1999), with a focus on how to address these issues in ways that are both realistic and practical.
This 2-hour online workshop recording is for everyone who wants every individual with complex communication needs to be heard. This workshop will be relevant and beneficial for people with complex communication needs, teachers, family members, support workers, educators, leadership teams and therapists who work with people with complex communication support needs.
About the Presenter
Dr Kathy Howery received her PhD in Special Education from the University of Alberta in 2017. She is currently an educational consultant and a sessional lecturer at several Universities in Alberta. Her doctoral research drew upon hermeneutic phenomenology to seek to understand what is it like for young people with complex communication needs (CCN) to speak with (or is it with) speech generating devices.
Kathy has presented at scores of educational conferences at both the national and international level including the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ISAAC) Conference, the Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA) Conference, and the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Conference. Kathy has also presented her research in the area of CCN, and in the area of Universal Design for Learning (UDL), at numerous conferences in Alberta, British Columbia, and Quebec.
Registration and Cancellation Policy
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Cancellations: Please note, even if you can't attend this event live, your payment will allow you access to the recording online. No cancellation fee will be charged if you're unable to attend the live event but we strongly encourage attendance to receive the full benefit of the live event.
Full refund (minus the 3% non-refundable paypal fee) until 60 days before event. 50% refund between 8-59 days before event. No refunds within 0-7 days of event start date.