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School Announcements
March 13, 2015 Professional Development Opportunity
Tobii Dynavox Training - Augmentative & Alternative Communication (AAC) Devices 8:00 am - 2:00 pm (click here to register

Speech and Occupational Therapy Professional Learning Community District Determined Measures Discussion and Sharing 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm (click here to register)

“Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) includes all forms of communication (other than oral speech) that are used to express thoughts, needs, wants, and ideas. We all use AAC when we make facial expressions or gestures, use symbols or pictures, or write.  People with severe speech or language problems rely on AAC to supplement existing speech or replace speech that is not functional. Special augmentative aids, such as picture and symbol communication boards and electronic devices, are available to help people express themselves. This may increase social interaction, school performance, and feelings of self-worth” (American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2015).
 
 In the spring of 2014, Tobii Technology acquired DynaVox Systems LLC forming TobiiDynavox.  "The merger of Tobii’s Assistive Technology division and DynaVox creates a stronger market leader, dedicated to innovative new products and the further empowerment of our users” (Henrik Eskilsson, 2014).
 
This workshop, led by Max Valenca, Sales Representative for TobiiDynavox, will begin with a demonstration of several of the company’s AAC devices with an opportunity for hands-on experience by participants.  In the afternoon, Max will provide an overview of the funding process and answer questions.
 
  • Target Audience: SLP’s, SLPA’s, Assistive Technology Specialists, OT’s , Teachers of Students with Intensive Special Need​
  • Location: Oxford Middle School Auditorium
  • Cost: FREE
  • Schedule:
    • 8:00 -11:30 -- AAC Devices Demonstration
    • 11:30-12:30 -- Lunch on your own
    • 12:00-2:00 -- The Funding Process
    • 2:00-3:00 -- PLC DDM Discussion for SLP's and OT's (please bring copies for DDM's being utilized)




 
Grow High School Summer Program - Summer 2014
The Grow High School Summer Program provides students ages 14 to 20 with on campus and community based experience to develop prevocational and transitional skills. This year the Grow School was awarded grant funding from the Janet Malser Humanities Trust which allowed the students to participate in a paid work program.  The students performed basic maintenance and landscaping jobs on-site as well as assisted with landscaping at the Dudley Town Hall, Dudley town beach and Corbin Cemetery.  The summer program was such a success, the relationship with Dudley Department of Public Works will carrying on throughout the school year.
The students also gained hands on experience working with tools in the construction of a shed.  This project assisted our students in their development of important work habits, team building skills, and confidence to prepare them to be productive members of our community.  The staff and students at the Southern Worcester County Educational Collaborative would like to express our sincere gratitude to the Janet Malser Humanities Trust for a generous contribution to the Grow School summer program.





 
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