|Newsletter 25 October 2020|
Winter is here! And we have exciting events to share with you. Grab a hot drink and read on.
Message from the Chair
We just finished our July board meeting and I realise that most of our members don’t really know what goes on behind the scenes at ATANZ. Each board member spends many voluntary hours per week organising, liaising with presenters, managing equipment and social media and other work. We are aiming to provide more information about what we are doing and would love you to send questions or comments before board meetings, attend the board meeting to have a discussion about a topic you are passionate about or message us on social media.
Our 2020 Strategic Planning meeting is coming up on August 1st and I am excited to discuss some really important topics. A survey was sent out, so please email us at email@example.com if you didn't get a chance to fill it out.
You’ll see in the article below that ATANZ have funded several pieces of new trial equipment and most of these are now available for trial through TalkLink, who manage the ATANZ equipment pool. If there is other equipment you would like in the pool, please let us know for the next round of funding.
Ngā mihi mahana,
Strategic Plan 2020The ATANZ board will meet Saturday August 1st 2020 to review our strategic plan for the next few years. A survey was sent out a few weeks ago. If you did not get a chance to fill this out, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We want input from members & anyone in the community who has an interest in assistive technology assessments, services, and training (including AAC).
Our most recent strategic plan (2016) can be read here
Transition Process Questionnaire
TalkLink are investigating the facilitators and barriers to AAC implementation when a student leaves school and transitions into community/residential services. This questionnaire is for teams, family/whanau and service providers of clients who have transitioned from school into the community within the last 2 years (approximately). Please feel free to distribute far and wide.
Professional development well underway!Dr Jo Watson is sharing her wealth of knowledge with us on supporting communicators with intellectual disabilities, ensuring that informal and unintentional communicators are heard in Aotearoa New Zealand.
Many of you have signed up and listened to her recorded webinar. We hope you are as excited as we are for Jo's live chat coming up!
Thanks for your engagement in Jo's thought provoking questions on our Facebook page, these help guide Jo's thinking around what we need to know and what we know already.
TalkLink manage the ATANZ trial equipment loan pool. TalkLink have put together a reminder of the process for getting with equipment trials and setups.
Support with tablet applications and setting up equipment:
Repairs or like-for-link replacement process:
Submit in the necessary Accessable or Enable repair paperwork. Then, fill in this form, send a copy of the quote and replacement form to email@example.com so that when the equipment arrives at TalkLink it can be setup correctly. The equipment will then be sent to the CAT assessor to be delivered to the client.
We have just heard from DTSL re: Boardmaker software. Tobii-Dynavox are currently working on the beta version of the new BoardMaker7 which is due to be released around the start of the northern hemisphere school year (approx Sept 2020). BoardMakerStudio being discontinued after July 31st. Keep this in mind when planning which software your organisation would like to purchase.
We are building a supervision database.
If you meet the criteria, please consider submitting an application
1. Have CAT level 1 or 2 registration,
2. Have at least 3 years experience in this field, and;
3. Have completed a minimum of five applications over 3 years
image credit to Dr Jo Watson
Have you been looking for a framework to think about the progression of language development with your AAC users?