Model the Way

Model the Way – Celebrating AAC Awareness Month – October 23, 2017

Part of the USSAAC Webinar Series

Presenters:  India Ochs, Compliance Officer with the US Federal Government, and Jack Ochs, Student

Moderated by: Yoosun Chung, PhD, and Sarah Blackstone, PhD

USSAAC Education Committee:  Sarah Blackstone, Betsy Caporale, Gretchen Cole-Lade, Amy Goldman, Amanda Hettenhausen, Mike Hipple, Richard Hurtig, Stephanie Meehan, Wendy Quach, and Lisa Timm

Leadership can happen anywhere: schools, our government, and in our homes. People with leadership traits have the vision, courage, and ability to not only create change, but encourage others to lead that change. But what does it take to be a leader? And how can you inspire others to lead? Listen to everyday stories about a person who uses AAC taking on leadership roles – and how it influenced her son.


  1. Learned basic qualities of being a leader
  2. Considered how to be a leader wherever you are
  3. Learned about leadership at any age

Presenter Bios:  Currently employed by the U.S. Government,

India Ochs, currently employed by the U.S. Government, has been involved in advocacy issues for more than 30 years. Prior to joining the Department of State, India was a Senior Project Associate at the Pretrial Justice Institute, working on juvenile detention reform issues through the U.S.  Previous to that, India was the Legal Officer for the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Center for Human Rights, during which time she developed and coordinated legal and legislative initiatives with human rights activists on the ground in 24 countries. India is an experienced public speaker and has done extensive work in organizing, facilitating and participating in leadership workshops and conferences. Licensed to practice law, India has a J.D. with a certificate in Family Law and Social Policy from Syracuse University School of Law, and a Masters in Public Affairs with a certificate in Non-Profit Management from UNC-Greensboro.

Jack Ochs is seven years old and attends 2nd grade at his local public elementary school. Living up to his name, Jack is a true jack-of-all-trades with interests including acting, cooking, science, math,  movies, inventions, art, and anything to climb up on. When he is not networking with his ever-expanding group of friends, Jack plays soccer and baseball, and trains as an Advanced Dragon at his martial arts studio.


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