Coordinator's Column Welcome to another exciting year with Special Interest Group (SIG) 12. I would like to extend a warm welcome to the newly joining affiliates, as well as loyal returning affiliates. This SIG is a great opportunity to stay in touch with some of the new advances, collect old but ... Coordinator's Column
Coordinator's Column  |   January 02, 2017
Coordinator's Column
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Coordinator's Column   |   January 02, 2017
Coordinator's Column
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, January 2017, Vol. 2, 1-3. doi:10.1044/persp2.SIG12.1
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, January 2017, Vol. 2, 1-3. doi:10.1044/persp2.SIG12.1
Welcome to another exciting year with Special Interest Group (SIG) 12. I would like to extend a warm welcome to the newly joining affiliates, as well as loyal returning affiliates. This SIG is a great opportunity to stay in touch with some of the new advances, collect old but classical advice from people experienced in the field, and network with others who have the same passion for augmentative and alternative communication (AAC).
To that effect, I would like to begin by introducing the Coordinating Committee. We have some changes coming in to the new year. Barbara Braddock (assistant coordinator) and Gail Van Tatenhove (professional development manager) have rotated off the committee. Nicole Dupre will be taking over as assistant coordinator. Nicole comes from Houston Unified School District and is great spokesperson for speech-language pathologists working in school districts. Michelle Guttmann will be taking over for Gail and she comes to us from Purdue University where she works an associate clinical supervisor as well as an adjunct associate professor in the Department of Neurology with Indiana University School of Medicine. Angela Standridge (co-lead for the Texas Assistive Technology Network and a consultant to Region 4 Education Service Center) will be joining the Coordinating Committee. She brings with her more than 25 years of experience in the field of AAC/assistive technology (AT) and will no doubt be a great asset to the SIG by adding the perspective of an AT coordinator. We also have added a position of associate editor to the Coordinating Committee. Deana Hughes (clinical and academic faculty and postdoctoral researcher at San Diego State University) will be our associate editor. Katya Hill (associate professor from University of Pittsburg) will continue to serve on the Coordinating Committee, and I, Meher Banajee (associate professor at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center) will continue as coordinator. Ilana Oliff (associate director, Clinical Issues in Speech-Language Pathology) has been serving as our American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) ex officio and will continue during this next year. Last, but not least, B. J. Gallagher from McDaniel College will continue to serve as continuing education content manager.
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