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AAC by the Bay

Washington State educators will be gathering in-person in their regions to attend the AAC by the Bay Conference. We currently have a number of locations hosting this conference broadcast. If you don’t see a location in your region and would like to host AAC by the Bay in your district or region, contact Some locations do not have enough participants yet to become active. There is a registration fee of $80 per person for this two day conference. Twelve clock hours are available for an additional fee.

SETC will have live sites in Washington from AAC By the Bay at the Bridge School San José, California. There is an exciting line-up of speakers covering literacy, CVI, Social Stories,  Emotional Competence, receptive language assessment, and a summary of the research being conducted at The Bridge School.  Speakers include Dr. Janice Light, Dr. Johanna Geytenbeek, Dr. Gabriela Rangel-Rodriquez, Christine Wright-Ott, Elisa Kingsbury, Amanda Eiser Hess, Tara McCarty, Lynn Elko, Rebecca Matthews and Dr. Sarah Blackstone. Washington educators must register though SETC.   More about our conference speakers…

Register for the site nearest to you, Spokane, Yakima, Bellingham, Seattle, Everett, Redmond, Bremerton, Wenatchee, Arlington, Franklin Pierce, Olympia or Tumwater. We do have growth potential for new locations, contact Sue Wright if you have a site location and at least 5 coworkers to participate. Include your name, school district, ESD, five associates and their emails.



Thursday, April 27, 2023, six hours of in-service 

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM Plenary 1: 
Assessing implementation of the C-BiLLT: A language comprehension test for children with complex communication needs 
Dr. Johanna Geytenbeek 
11:30 AM – 11:45 AM Break  
11:45 AM – 1:15 PM Plenary 2: 
Assessing Comprehension of Children with Complex Communication Needs: How We Use C-BiLLT & What We Have Learned 
Elisa Kingsbury 
Rebecca Matthews 
Amanda Eiser Hess 
1:15 PM – 2:15 PM Lunch  
2:15 PM – 3:45 PM Plenary 3: 
Focus on the brain for developmental gain: How gene surgery for AADC deficiency, deep brain stimulation for dystonia and self-directed mobility in children with complex communication and physical needs can affect motor development, communication and participation 
Christine Wright-Ott 
3:45 PM – 4:00 PM Break  
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM Plenary 4: 
Laying a Foundation for Family Centered and Evidenced Based AAC Interventions for Individuals with Cortical Visual Impairment and Complex Communication Needs 
Tara McCarty 
Lynn Elko 

Friday, April 28, 2023, six hours of in-service 


9:00 AM – 10:30 AM Plenary 5: 
AAC technologies and interventions to support literacy learning for individuals with complex communication needs 
Dr. Janice Light 
10:30 AM – 10:45 AM Break  
10:45 AM – 12:15 PM Plenary 6: 
Emotional Competencies in People Who Use AAC 
Dr. Gabriela Rangel-Rodríguez 
12:15 PM – 1:15 PM Lunch  
1:15 PM – 2:15 PM Plenary 7: 
Practice to Research ↔ Research to Practice 
Dr. Sarah Blackstone 
2:15 PM – 3:45 PM Plenary 8: 
I have a Story about that: Social Stories that enhance Self-Determination and Language for Children with CCN and CVI 
Rebecca Matthews 
3:45 PM – 4:30 PM Q&A Panel of Presenters 
4:30 PM – 5:00 PM Summation Dr. Vicki Casella 

Registration fee of $80 per person for this two-day conference. We are accepting registrations, but payments will be delayed until after all sites are confirmed.