Ethics and AAC

March 24, 2021

Moderator:  Stephanie Meehan

Presenters:  Nicole Tripp, Judith Schoonover, and Tracy Rackensperger

Nicole Tripp is a speech-language pathologist and AAC specialist working in private practice with pediatric and adult populations. Prior to working in private practice, she served as the team lead for Assistive Technology and Augmentative Communication in the public school districts in Texas for 20 years. Nicole is currently the ASHA representative to the National Joint Committee for the Communication Needs of Persons with Severe Disabilities.

Judith Schoonover, MEd, OTR/L, ATP, FAOTA is an occupational therapist and former elementary school teacher. She is certified as an assistive technology professional (ATP) by RESNA and was a founding member of the Loudoun County Public Schools Assistive Technology Team. Judith has provided direct services in schools for more than 44 years and is a nationally and internationally recognized speaker presenting on the topics of school-based occupational therapy, transition, literacy, and assistive technology. Currently, Judith represents AOTA on the National Joint Committee (NJC) for the Communication Needs of Persons with Severe Disabilities and serves on the editorial board of the Assistive Technology Outcomes and Benefits (ATOB) Journal.

Tracy Rackensperger lives life to the fullest! Born with cerebral palsy, she uses assistive technology for mobility, daily living, employment, computer access, and communication. She recently completed her doctorate and is a faculty member at the University of Georgia, Institute on Human Development and Disability, teaching undergraduate students, training and providing technical assistance, and preparing articles for research publication. She has conducted research and published scholarly works regarding AAC, transition and people with disabilities. When not working, you can find her fishing, rock climbing, surfing, tubing, or just about any outdoor activity she can find.

SEMINAR DESCRIPTION 
A talented panel discusses contemporary issues and ethical concerns in AAC service delivery, interprofessional collaboration, and from the perspective of a individual who uses AAC. They talk about issues that arise in assessment and treatment and common ways to solve the problems faced by professionals. 

SEMINAR OBJECTIVES
1.  Participants to be able to describe ethical issues impacting professionals in assessment and treatment using AAC in the school and private setting.
2.  Participants to be able to list solutions ethical concerns with interprofessional collaboration.
3.  Participants to be able to discuss ethical issues from the perspective of someone who uses AAC.

Materials:

PRESENTER DISCLOSURES

Financial:  Nicole is employed by Speak for Yourself, LLC

Non-Financial:
– Nicole is an ASHA Representative to the National Joint Committee for the Communication Needs of Persons With Severe Disabilities (NJC)
– Tracy is on the Board of USSAAC.
– Judith represents AOTA on the National Joint Committee (NJC) for the Communication Needs of Persons with Severe Disabilities and serves on the editorial board of the Assistive Technology Outcomes and Benefits (ATOB) Journal.

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