CSUN Assistive Technology Conference 2016 | A Gift of Speech

CSUN Assistive Technology Conference #CSUN16

I recently attended the CSUN 2016 International Technology and Persons with Disability Conference. #CSUN16

This was a fantastic opportunity to learn, but also to meet individuals in our field. I felt like a Trekie at Comic-Con, but since I am sacrificing the one ticket I was able to get to Comic-Con to my 17 year old daughter, I won’t be able to know what it feels like to be a Trekkie, Skywalker babe (made that one up), or LOTR geek at Comic-Con this year. So what I am saying its that my experience at CSUN’s conference was outstanding!

Ok, so does that mean I loved every session? nope. There were some in which, I’ll admit, I was totally lost. I sat in a presentation on WordPress accessibility, and while I use WordPress, I didn’t have a clue what he was talking about. But what I took away from the session was the importance of designing accessible sites. I also ended up (by mistake) in a session where I learned about a text reading program for my high school students. Win…win all around!

The CSUN Conference was also a good opportunity to meet individuals to grow my support network. I met some new local contacts as well as people all over the World. I had a fun impromptu lunch with a gentleman that works for Google in Spain. It was like Google Earth in person. I also got to meet reps for Proloquo2Go, Dynavox/Tobii, Boardmaker, and the CIA (yep). Like I said Trekkie at Comic-Con.

So why was this conference so inspiring for me?

Since I started my career as an SLP, I have been fascinated by Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC). As I have grown in this area, I started to look into other areas of assistive technology for my clients. I recently took CSUN’s certificate program on assistive technology so that I could learn more about how to meet the needs of my clients/students. Attending CSUN’s convention was a perfect opportunity to learn more about assistive technology.

I look forward to sharing my experience with you. #CSUN16

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