May AAC Social Get Together at Gabriel Park

The AAC Social Get Together on May 4th, 2019 at Gabriel Park was a successful gathering of a total of 50 adults with complex communication needs, families and their children learning to use AAC, and a range of other people interested in AAC. It was a beautiful sunny day and the graduate students working with the uLab did a wonderful job organizing a range of fun activities, including some design work around the destination accessible playground …

First Words, a Poem by Rick Creech

With Power compelling, mind triumphs. Quiet thunder, God, men hear words. Silent, I am no more! -Rick Creech, Reflections From a Unicorn In the past weeks, we have been listening to our new AAC Design Council, led by and made up of members with complex communication needs. The first fruits of these efforts inspire me. With words and ideas, the community has begun sharing perspective and insight. I feel honored and thankful to be a …

Caroline Musselwhite March 6 Evening Event

Caroline Musselwhite: Ten Tips for AAC Intervention Come to this fast-paced session about strategies that WORK to support AAC implementation for students with disabilities.March 6, 2019Time: 6:00pm-8:00pmSmith Memorial Student Union1825 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97201

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Practices and the work they do

I remember my colleague and friend Dr. Sheldon Loman said that he likes to support practices that work and not necessarily get into the brand names of the educational approaches that gather these practices up into packages. I think his view is interesting because it makes you think about the elements of an educational intervention package and not get caught up with an amorphousness of something that is the latest craze. With our recent weekend …

Henry the Labrador dog headshot

Just do it

I remember one time someone important in my field said, you’re really an idea guy aren’t you. I remember smiling and thinking, well yes certainly I like to think and share ideas, so yes I’m an idea person! Then for a while I thought, aw man idea guys are silly, because they just think.Then, I learned that it is through generating ideas that we can find novel solutions to try out. When I first learned …

uLab members on beach with sunset

Thoughts

As we start the new academic year here in Portland, I would like to take a moment to express thanks for the amazing individuals, families, professionals, and uLab team members that have made the previous year so meaningful and productive.

New Education Features in iOS 9.3 Open Many New Doors

Have you seen the new iOS 9.3 features for education?  You can read about them here on the Apple Education Preview site. I had been hearing rumors of this and Apple has been publicly sharing about some of these great features, but they’re finally here. These are some of the key new features of the 9.3 update: Shared iPad for students “Students can log in to any iPad in any classroom and make it their own.”  This is terrific …