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07/25/2023, JULY Book Club: If At Birth You Don’t Succeed

Date: 07/25/2023 Time: 07:00-07:30 pm Location: internet Type: Webinar


The SETC Summer Book Club offers participants a unique way to read about and discuss books featuring AAC user perspectives. Through participation in online and in person discussions participants we will dive into up to 3 different books highlighting AAC user perspective. Join us on our SETC Facebook and Instagram pages at the beginning of June, July, and August where we will host a kickoff event and introduce the book for the month. Then, hop on Zoom the last Tuesday of each month for a 30 minute discussion with other educators and family members. 

JUNE BOOK: Ghost Boy by Martin Pistorius

JULY BOOK: If At Birth You Don’t Succeed: My Adventures with Disaster and Destiny

 by Zach Anner

AUGUST BOOK: Out Of My Mind by Sharon Draper

Learning Objectives: Participants will

  • Read books written from the perspective of AAC users
  • Respond to online discussion points based on the book content
  • Participate in online discussion to explore the perspectives and experiences of people with complex communication needs. 


Brenda Del Monte, MA, SLP-CCC
Brenda Del Monte has been working as a therapist for over 18 years. Brenda received her undergraduate degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences from the University of Washington and her Masters in Speech-Language Pathology at Western Washington University. She has worked with children and adults with multiple disabilities since 2003. Brenda owns Technically Speaking, PLLC, a company that serves those who use AAC.  As an expert in AAC, Brenda contracts with Advanced Therapy Solutions to evaluate, train and treat those with multiple disabilities and complex medical conditions. 

Brenda serves as a practice scholar research mentor at Northern Arizona University’s OTD program. Brenda has taught courses for Central Washington University, Arizona State University Speech-Language Pathology SLP Master’s Program and Northern Arizona University Occupational Doctoral students.

Sarah Kinsella, MA CCC-SLP

Sarah Kinsella is a Speech-Language Pathologist with a passion for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) and supporting students with complex communication needs. She holds a Master’s degree in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences and has worked in the public school setting for 11 years. She also served as the district Assistive Technology Specialist for 7 years, working with multidisciplinary teams and families to support students with a variety of Assistive Technology and AAC needs. She is passionate about her field and thankful for the students with whom she works as they help her learn and grow along the way.


Email Sue Wright at the SETC office

Clock hours for this webinar and others in this series are available from ESD105 for a small fee. The following Professional Development Enroller link provides more information about clock hours: