27 09, 2021

Interview between Ann Bedard, M.S., CCC-SLP and Kevin Williams, Prentke AAC Distinguished Lecture at ATIA 2021

2021-09-27T15:11:00-04:00September 27th, 2021|AT Success Stories|

How were you chosen to give the Edwin and Esther Prentke Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Distinguished Lecture at ATIA? I was nominated by Celeste Helling, a Charlotte based SLP who works at the North Carolina Assistive Technology Program (NCATP). Celeste submitted a written nomination to the review committee for the lecture. The review committee [...]

28 05, 2021

Stay Connected Program: Reducing Social Isolation for Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities During COVID-19

2021-05-28T07:54:51-04:00May 28th, 2021|AT Success Stories|

By Stacey Fulton, OTR/ATP, EASTCONN As the CT Tech Act Project embraces new grant initiatives, the Stay Connected program has also been in full swing. Stay Connected is a statewide program operated out of the Connecticut Department of Aging and Disability Services in collaboration with the State Unit on Aging and the CT Tech Act [...]

17 12, 2020

Samsung Galaxy Has an Instant and Powerful Impact for Stay Connected Program

2020-12-17T11:30:08-05:00December 17th, 2020|AT Success Stories|

by Kristopher Thompson, NEAT, Smart Technology Specialist A few weeks ago, Independence Northwest reached out to me with an urgent referral for the “Stay Connected” program. The referral was for a woman who, like many facing social isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic, lived alone and had mobility challenges that prevented her from getting out to [...]

17 12, 2020

Amazon Echo Show Brings Caregiver Peace of Mind for Stay Connected Program

2020-12-17T11:29:25-05:00December 17th, 2020|AT Success Stories|

by Amy Norton, EASTCONN Assistive Technology Specialist One of the best parts of working with consumers as part of “Stay Connected” is finding ways to help make life easier for people, especially during these trying times. I recently had the pleasure of speaking with a very lovely woman in CT, who is the primary caregiver [...]

17 12, 2020

Remote Training Allows Consumer to Stay Connected

2020-12-18T14:48:23-05:00December 17th, 2020|AT Success Stories|

 by Jen Lortie, UCP Assistive Technology Specialist In mid-September, assistive technology specialists at UCP of Eastern CT worked with Connecticut resident Nancy Robertson through the “Stay Connected” program to provide her with computer training, so she could connect with her friends and community during COVID-19. One big challenge? Ms. Robertson had never used a computer [...]

17 12, 2020

Lending Library Brings a Voice to Transition Student

2020-12-17T11:27:59-05:00December 17th, 2020|AT Success Stories|

by EASTCONN’s Ann Bedard, M.S., CCC-SLP, Assistive Technology Specialist/ Speech-Language Pathologist The TouchChat app was recently trialed through EASTCONN’s AT Lending Library by Chris, a transition-age student with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Several AAC options were ruled-out prior to Chris’s device trials, after matching specific software design features to his abilities and needs. For example, Chris had [...]

7 08, 2020

“Alexa, Can You Help Me Access My Environment”

2020-08-07T10:13:56-04:00August 7th, 2020|AT Success Stories|

Written by JoAnne Lambert, M.S. CCC/SLP, EASTCONN Accessibility. Independence.  Important for all, but especially important for individuals with disabilities who use Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC).  Through a grant obtained by the Eastford School District, two Amazon Alexa Smart Speakers were purchased for use by a student who uses an AAC device to aid in [...]

23 06, 2020

AT Legend Carolann Cormier Will Retire

2020-06-25T12:34:09-04:00June 23rd, 2020|AT Success Stories|

Written by Nicole Natale, MS, CCC-SLP, ATP, Senior Education Specialist, CREC Resource Group For the past 36+ years, Carolann Cormier has worked as a speech-language pathologist (SLP) and an expert in assistive technology (AT) and augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) throughout the state of Connecticut. Since 1995, Carolann’s career has spanned many different work environments, [...]

23 06, 2020

Despite School Closures, Switch User Doesn’t Miss a Beat!

2020-06-24T11:19:09-04:00June 23rd, 2020|AT Success Stories|

Written by Stacy Fulton, EASTCONN Assistive Technology Specialist, ATP, OTR/L, CAPS When school buildings closed in mid-March due to COVID-19, I joined the ranks of Connecticut’s educators, therapists and AT providers who were forced to find creative, alternative ways to provide direct services. One of my biggest challenges was how to provide appropriate services for [...]

4 03, 2020

Working Together to Support Independence

2020-05-13T07:39:23-04:00March 4th, 2020|AT Success Stories|

Written by Stacy Fulton, ​EASTCONN Assistive Technology Specialist, ATP, OTR/L, CAPS In the Spring of 2019, Connecticut’s State Department of Education, Bureau of Special Education, made available an opportunity for one-time funding for “Individuals with Significant Cognitive Disabilities.” Eastford Public Schools, in collaboration with EASTCONN’s Woodstock Academy Cooperative, proposed and received an award to further [...]

Go to Top