Led by professionals and stakeholders in Assistive Technology (AT) and AAC from throughout the state of Wisconsin.
Mike Hipple, an AAC communicator for 18 years, founder of the WI AAC Network, and active member in the United States Society of AAC.
Sharon Redmon an experienced educator with Masters of Adaptive Education Assistive Technology, experience as assistive technology specialist. She provides direct student services and has been in a consultant role.
Jennifer Schubring, a speech pathologist specializing in AAC with the Green Bay school district and also has her own private practice specializing in AAC. Her undergraduate degree is from UW-Madison and Masters from Penn State.
Kelsey Osten, a speech pathologist from the Hudson School district with an interest in AAC. Her undergraduate and Masters are from UW-Madison. She is experienced with students who use AAC in elementary and secondary levels.
Julie Gamradt, Clinic Director and speech pathologist at the Communications Aids and Systems Clinic, known as CASC, at the Waisman Center in Madison. She has extensive experience providing clinical and community based services that focus on AAC. She earned her masters degree from UW-Madison.
Kelly Fonner is a consultant and trainer in assistive and educational technology. She trains and consults on strategies to implement AAC, access and literacy technologies. Kelly earned her undergraduate degree from Millersville University and Masters of Educational Technology from Johns Hopkins University.
Eleanor Agnew is the mother of Deena who is 23 years old and non-verbal. They live in Manitowoc and Deena attends the CP Center in Two Rivers. Deena uses a Tobii/Dynavox I15+ with Compass. Eleanor feels that all device users should have access to the correct device for them.
Another accomplishment of the Wisconsin AAC Network has been the creation of the Wisconsin Assistive Technology Regional Network (WATRN) meetings. This is a result of the school committee’s efforts to provide a platform where professionals around the State, who are passionate about AT and AAC, come together to learn, share and support each other. The school committee meets monthly to coordinate and plan the regional meetings. The goal was to have 3-4 regional meeting throughout the state for the 2018/19 school year. We started with three regions and as of winter of 2019 we have seven regional meeting locations throughout the state. See the calendar and events.
Mission: To provide a platform where professionals around the state of Wisconsin who are passionate about Assistive Technology (AT) and Augmentative Alternative Communication (AAC) are able to meet in regional groups. The WATRN seeks to provide educators of Wisconsin support, share knowledge, discuss/learn best practices and raise awareness around current issues facing school based AT/AAC professionals.
Vision: Foster a grassroots effort to fill a gap left behind by the defunding of WATI. Bring Wisconsin back to a place where AT/AAC professionals are created, developed and supported in order to provide a high quality of AT/AAC services to all students with disabilities throughout Wisconsin.
Parent Support Committee
The Parent Support Committee is a group of parents and AAC communicators providing support and awareness to advance AAC. This year we look forward to making more connections throughout the State and exploring offering a educational workshop for parents.