PWUAAC in Emergencies and Disasters

PWUAAC in Emergencies and Disasters: Tales from the Trenches – June 5, 2018 

Part of the USSAAC Webinar Series

Amy S. Goldman, MS, CCC – Technical Assistance Specialist, AT3 Center
Sarah Blackstone, Ph.D. CCC – Co-chair, Disaster Relief Committee

Moderated by:  Liz Begley

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

About the Presenters:
Amy has been involved in AT and emergency preparedness since Hurricane Katrina, when she led efforts to respond to the needs of people who lost AT as a result of that disaster. Amy is past chair of ASHA SIG 12 and a member of the National Joint Committee on the Communication Needs of Persons with Severe Disabilities. She is currently USSAAC’s VP of finance and serves on its Disaster Relief Committee.

Sarah is USSAAC’s Past President and co-chair of its Disaster Relief and Recovery Committee. She spearheaded USSAAC’s efforts after Hurricane Katrina, works with first responders and emergency service workers, founding Monterey’s county’s Community Emergency Response Volunteers, a nonprofit organization in 2012 and co-authored chapter on disaster preparedness, highlighting key issues impacting people with communication vulnerabilities. She serves on NIH’s Institute on Hearing and Communication Disorders.

Webinar Highlights:  This seminar reflects on the experiences of people who use AAC and their families affected by the 2017 natural disasters, and USSAAC’s efforts to assist them in recovery. Responsibilities of providers to assist PWUAAC in thinking about emergency preparedness are reviewed. Based on lessons learned, suggestions for personal preparedness and resources are provided.


  • Administrative fees for ASHA CEUs are included in your USSAAC membership. For non-members, the cost is $25.
  • ASHA CEUs are only available for those attending the live webinar.
  • For details, please visit the USSAAC website.