Program Themes

2019 Conference themes will include:

BUILDING CONNECTIONS

Families, friends and partners 

• Friendships & peer relationships

• Supporting family relationships

• Mentoring

• Lived experiences

• Dating, finding love and sexuality

AAC Teams- Integrating movement, the senses & more 

• Collaborative AAC teams

• Motor learning

• Mounting, access seating and positioning for AAC

• Accommodating the senses in AAC (e.g. vision, CVI, hearing, sensory)

• Autism Spectrum Disorders

• Mental health & trauma

Connecting practice across regions

• Connecting and supporting regional, rural and remote AAC users

• Telehealth & service delivery

• Interstate collaborations

• International connections

CHANGING PRACTICE

Challenging traditional roles & partnerships 

• Diversifying AAC teams

• Therapists & Educators working together

• Working within NDIS reforms

• Sharing responsibilities for AAC success

• Innovative partnerships between service providers, families and education and community

AACcessible curriculum for all 

• Embedding communication across a rich curriculum

• AAC and literacy

• AAC & Autism – evidence-based practice

• Leading change in AACcessible schools

Taking the leap into adulthood

• Employment, post-school options & transition programs

• Building connections with post school service providers and community

• Lived experiences

• Self-determination, safety and independence

Changing minds & practice through creativity

• Participatory AAC-user led arts-based stream; using the arts to influence change

• Increasing opportunities for creative experience, self-expression, collaboration and mentoring.

 

BUILDING YOUR PRACTICE:

HANDS-ON TECHNOLOGY AND TEACHING STRATEGY LEARNING FORUM

Practical technology learning space

• How to set up, program and use AAC technology

• Live demonstrations of AAC implementation and literacy teaching strategies

• Supplier presentations

• Researching emerging and new technologies