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12/28/2020:

Vanderbilt AAC Survey

Do you work with students with limited verbal speech or who use AAC? We need to hear from you!

Help us improve understanding about how to support students who have limited verbal speech or use AAC by responding to a state-wide survey!
By completing this brief survey, you can win one of five $100 gift cards! All who participate will also receive a summary of the findings at the end of the study. The survey will be open only through January 11th.

This survey focuses on the experiences of special education teachers, paraprofessionals (teaching assistants), and school-based speech-language pathologists (SLPs) across the state of Tennessee who work with students with limited verbal speech. This includes students who use different forms of aided AAC such as picture symbols, speech-generating devices, but also other students who communicate nonverbally or are minimally verbal but are not currently using these communication tools.

You are eligible if you work in one of the following roles in a Tennessee public school, and if you work with at least one student who has limited verbal speech and/or uses AAC (in any grade from PreK through transition)Speech-language pathologist
Special education teacher
Paraprofessional (educational assistant)

We hope you can make time to respond to this important survey— sharing your views and experiences can help improve supports for educators and outcomes for students across the state! The survey is voluntary and will take about 20-30 minutes to complete. All responses will be kept confidential.

Follow this link to complete the survey!
https://redcap.link/TNAAC

Thank you for your help! In addition to helping us by responding to the survey, you can help by sharing information about this survey widely with other special education teachers, speech-language pathologists, and paraprofessionals across Tennessee.

If you have any questions, you can contact the primary investigator, Elizabeth E. Biggs, PhD at elizabeth.e.biggs@vanderbilt.edu

 

12/28/2020:

Book Drive Ends on December 31, 2020

Please watch the VIDEO

TAASLP NEWS:

Books for H.O.P.E (Helping Others Promote Equality)

Here at TAASLP, we are taking a stand against systemic racism and oppression in support of The Black Lives Matter Movement– thus, the Ad Hoc committee: Diversity & Equality emerged in August 2020 to root out racial inequalities that exist within our communities, our professions or our workplaces. We stand together with our colleagues and the individuals we serve who are hurting.  We want to support their communities, protect their rights to communicate freely and openly, and advocate for more inclusive policies that would create ample racial equity opportunities.

The AD HOC Diversity & Equality Committee pledges to support TAASLP’s mission in meeting all persons’ needs with communication, hearing, and swallowing disorders regardless of race, gender, disability, sexual orientation, culture or socio-economic status. Thus, the idea for a book drive, Books for H.O.P.E. (Helping Others Promote Equality), originated to fulfill that mission and meet the academic, cognitive, and communicative needs of local children by collecting and disbursing stories that promote diversity through protagonists of color and diverse cultures. Not only are we aiming to advance the concept of diversity through the book drive, but we also aspire to encourage and nurture the thought-processes encompassing creativity, self-love, confidence, and acceptance into the young minds who will receive these gifts.

All books collected during this three month book drive will be donated to children within local school districts Head Start preschool programs and state foster care organizations. We call for TAASLP members to donate new or gently used children’s books age ranges appropriate for preschool to young adults/teens featuring lead characters of diversity. Suggested books can also be purchased directly through TAASLP’s Books for H.O.P.E.

Amazon Wishlist by clicking HERE   or mail books directly TAASLP Books for H.O.P.E P.O. BOX 131, LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN, TN 37350.

Books for H.O.P.E. will commence on October 1st until December 31st with a goal to collect 100 books (requesting 3 copies of each book title) to donate across the state.  We eagerly look forward to your participation as you stand with us in our continued fight for justice and help support children of diverse backgrounds. We also encourage you to explore these selected titles and use them in your practice in waiting rooms and your therapy services.

Thank you for your support!

Stephanie N. Austin, M.S., CCC-SLP, Committee Member

Rachel Barger M.S. CCC-SLP, Member at Large