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09/19/2023, Unlocking Literacy for Students with Complex Communication & Physical Access Needs

Date: 09/19/2023 Time: 11:30-12:00 Location: internet Type: Webinar


Do you believe that all students can learn to read and write?  What about students who cannot speak or students who are unable to hold a pencil to write?  How do we provide robust literacy instruction to students who use Augmentative Alternative Communication and those who have significant physical disabilities? 

Comprehensive literacy instruction for students with complex needs requires the use of tools and strategies so that students can respond and participate.  The tools and strategies also allow teachers to assess learning and make data-based decisions based on learning goals.  In this session, we will share these tools and strategies, while building a community of support to help us apply what we learn to our students throughout the school year.  The Special Education Technology Center has created self-paced modules to support teachers, paras, SLPs, OTs, and parents in unlocking literacy for students with CCNs and physical disabilities.  In this webinar we will provide an overview of module 1 and provide the participants with access to the module series. 


Kristin Leslie, ATP, MAT, OTR/L

Kristin Leslie is an occupational therapist and an assistive technology professional who is currently in the role of director at the Special Education Technology Center (SETC).  She has worked in special education in Washington state public schools for 23 years. Her leadership role at SETC includes providing guidance to administrators, families, and school teams on assistive technology tools and best practices to remove barriers to student learning.

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: