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Course Description

This course discussed educating future speech pathologists about the principles of AAC for PWA, the capabilities and operations of currently available high-tech devices, and the innovative nature of the field. This course included an interview with Nina Simmons-Mackie about her work as Founding President of Aphasia Access, which brings SLP clinicians together to promote the goals of LPAA.

Meet the Presenter


Dr. Richard Steele, MA, PhD

Richard Steele, PhD, has served as Chief Scientist at Lingraphica since he helped found the company in 1990. Prior to that, he conducted research at the Palo Alto VAMC Rehabilitation R&D Center, where he was Principal Investigator on the C‐ViC project for computers in aphasia rehabilitation.  Even earlier, he taught Slavic languages and linguistics at Harvard, Cornell, Grinnell College, and elsewhere. He holds a BS in Physics from Stanford University, and an MA and PhD in Slavic Languages and Linguistics from Harvard University.

Course Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to:

            • Describe issues affecting the graduate education of SLP students about AAC &PWA
            • Describe recent developments in Aphasia Access regarding AAC and PWA
            • Identify AphasiaBank resources and activities regarding AAC and PWA

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