Time : Thursday, Sept. 5 at 3:00 p.m. (EST), 12:00 p. (PST)
To develop their skills, both communication partners and communicators need opportunities to practice that are interesting, fun and interactive. This webinar will share ideas on how to use everyday life activities, literacy activities and games to practice communication skills in a meaningful way.
Presenters: Pascal Cheng, Wellspring Guild; Casey Woodfield, Asssistant Professor of Education, Rowan University; Lisa Mihalich Quinn, Executive Director, Reach Every Voice.
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Casey Woodfield is an Assistant Professor of Special Education in the Department of Interdisciplinary & Inclusive Education at Rowan University. She earned her Ph.D. in Special Education at Syracuse University, where she was also a research assistant at Institute on Communication and Inclusion. Her work explores communication support partnerships, inclusive education, and stories of/through lived experiences of multimodal communication, interdependence and neurodiversity. Her research and teaching aim to counter socially constructed notions of competence and voice, guided by the perspectives of disabled people as critical agents of advocacy and change.
Lisa Mihalich Quinn is a special educator and Executive Director of Reach Every Voice in Rockville, Maryland. Lisa works with non-speaking and unreliably speaking individuals to develop effective communication. She firmly believes in respecting neurodiversity, presuming competence, and listening to the voices of disabled people.
Pascal Cheng is an educational and communication specialist for HowardCenter Developmental Services in Burlington, Vermont, providing training and consultation in the areas of communication, assistive technology and literacy for children and adults. He serves as a member of the Vermont Communication Task Force, a group that works to improve communication supports and services for individuals with developmental disabilities in the state of Vermont.