|Newsletter 22 September 2020|
Webinar registrations close July 24th! Don't miss out.
We are please to announce that Dr Jo Watson will be doing a two-part webinar entitled:
Supporting Communicators with Intellectual Disabilities: ensuring that informal and unintentional communicators are heard in Aotearoa New Zealand.
Many of us are key advocates and supports for people with intellectual disabilities who use minimal to no speech when communicating. Some of these individuals use informal forms of communication and may have not established symbolic forms of communication. It is essential that we collectively have a strong understanding of how to best serve this group of New Zealanders and their key communication partners.
Jo started discussions online from 6th July on our Facebook page. You may have been joining in the conversation already! If not head on over and answer some or all of Jo's thought provoking questions:
Question 1: IS THERE A ROLE FOR AAC IN EVERYONE'S LIFE?
Question 2: SO WE AGREE THAT AUGMENTATIVE AND ALTERNATIVE COMMUNICATION (AAC) IS FOR EVERYONE - WHAT CAN THAT LOOK LIKE FOR PEOPLE WHO DON'T USE SYMBOLS TO COMMUNICATE?
Question 3: WHAT DO YOU HAVE IN OUR COLLECTIVE KETE TO SUPPORT COMMUNICATION FOR PEOPLE WHO DON'T COMMUNICATE FORMALLY?
Question 4: WE’VE TALKED ABOUT WHAT IS IN OUR AAC KETE FOR PEOPLE WHO COMMUNICATE INFORMALLY. WHAT’S MISSING? WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT?
This will be followed by a recorded webinar you can watch on your own time between 27 July and 10 Aug. The final session is an interactive, live webinar with Dr Watson on 10 Aug from 12:30 - 2 pm
Costs: $50 for individuals, $250 for groups
If you are not already aware of Dr Watson's work in this space, feel free to check out her recent podcast interview or her TedTalk on the topics of supported decision making and informal communicators.
Registration closes 24 July 2020For more information or to register, please go to our events page at https://www.atanz.org.nz/events
Spread the word:We want to ensure that a wide range of people are aware of this opportunity.
Please feel free to share this PD opportunity with your professional and social networks. This event is open to whānau including adult siblings, clinicians, educators, policy makers, NASC assessors, adult support services, WINZ case managers, assistive technology assessors and anyone interested in ensuring that children and adults with intellectual disabilities have the support they need to communicate and connect with the important people in their lives.
Ngā mihi mahana,