ECHO Voices

Professional Development to Support Communication


To provide equitable access to best-practice knowledge through professional development, forums of collaboration and a supported learning community to those who support Oregon learners with complex communication needs. The sessions are designed to increase the capacity of educators, therapists and families for effective Augmentative and Alternative Communication systems selection and strategies for integration into learner goals.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020


Children with complex motor and/or sensory needs, who would benefit from AAC, have many challenges. Knowing where to begin and how to progress can be daunting. A 3-step approach to building tools, which teases apart Participation, Access, and Language (PAL) will be discussed. We will discuss the rationale for the PAL approach and demonstrate the process through case studies, exploring how each of the 3 areas of PAL were addressed with each child. Examples will be provided of how the 3 areas, when given time to develop, can come together in a comprehensive, multi-modal AAC system.

Carrie Luse, MSR, OT/L, ATP

Assistive Technology Lab Co-Director

Community Vision

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Kim Elliott, MS, CCC-SLP, ATP

Assistive Technology Lab Co-director

Community Vision

Adjunct Faculty - Graduate AAC Course

Portland State University

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Oregon Technology Access Program

1409 NE Diamond Lake Blvd., Suite 110

Roseburg, OR 97470