Regional Demo Center: Atlantic Coast Florida

Contact Information

FAAST Atlantic Region Assistive Technology Demonstration Center

University of Central Florida Communication Disorders Clinic

12424 Research Parkway, Suite 155 (Research Pavilion)

Orlando, FL 32826

Communication Disorders Clinic & Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders

Main Clinic Phone: 407.882.0468

Main Clinic Fax: 407.249.4774


FAAST ARDC Faculty/Staff

Nancy Harrington, M.A., CCC-SLP (Lead AT Specialist, Assistant Regional Coordinator & Main Clinical Contact) - 407-882-0465

Melissa Malani, Ph.D., CCC-SLP (iCommunicate @ UCF Program Coordinator) -

Stephanie Bruining, M.A. (Graduate Assistant & Data Coordinator) - - 407.882.0476

Jennifer Kent-Walsh, Ph.D., CCC-SLP (Project/Center Director, Regional Coordinator & Main Administrative Contact) -

UCF Communication Disorders Clinic Collaborating Faculty/Staff

Pamela Resnick, M.A., CCC-SLP (Clinical Educator & FAAST ARDC Liaison) - - 407.882.0463




                                            FAAST-ARDC GETS NATIONAL RECOGNITION

                                                             Congratulations to Dr. Jennifer Kent-Walsh for her Award by ASHA!





Poster Presentations by FAAST-ARDC at the Annual Convention of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Assocation in Chicago, IL. From top left:  Ms. Stephanie Bruining Amundsen and Ms. Venite Freia, Ms. Nicole Dickerson and Dr. Melissa Malani & Ms. Erika Nicsinger

Ms. Nicole Dicerson, Ms. Jenny Arzt, and Dr. Jennifer Kent-Walsh also received a Meritorious Poster distinction for their presentation entitled Learning to Produce Novel Multi-Symbol Questions/Statements: AAC Error Patterns.



Congratulations to Dr. Jennifer Kent-Walsh, who was bestowed with the Honors of the Florida Speech Language Hearing Association (FLASHA) at the annual convention, held at Marco Island, May 23rd-26th!  This honor is bestowed upon a FLASHA member in recognition of distinguished contributions in speech-language pathology, audiology or education of the hearing impaired over a period of time; plus active participation/service to FLASHA.  All of us here at the FAAST ARDC are extremely proud of Dr. Kent-Walsh!


Staffing Updates

Photo of Nancy Harrington

The FAAST ARDC is pleased to welcome a new full-time member to our team - Nancy Harrington, M.A., CCC-SLP.  After working for almost 20 years as an Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Specialist in Ireland, Nancy has returned to the United States to join our team as the Lead Assistive Technology Specialist & Assistant Regional Coordinator.  Nancy has extensive clinical, administrative, and university teaching/supervision experience and is a fantastic addition to our team!

Photo of Melissa Malani

The FAAST ARDC is pleased to welcome Melissa Malani, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, as the Program Coordinator for iCommunicate @ UCF, a program funded the the Chelsey G. Magruder Foundation.  Melissa has been an ongoing collaborator of the FAAST ARDC for several years and we are thrilled to now have her working with us on our current collaboration with the Down Syndrome Foundation of Florida via the iCan Communicate program.


Ongoing Partnership Program: iCan Communicate


                   Parent Training by Dr. Malani                                                   Shared Storybook Reading Practice


The FAAST ARDC is pleased to be continuing its partnership with the Down Syndrome Foundation of Florida on the iCan Communicate program. The Spring 2013 program ran through March & April and was a great success! Individual speech and language sessions for the Spring group of children were held during Summer and Fall.  We had a fun filled and productive culminating summer event on the 27th of July!

A Group of Students from UCF Dept. of Communication Sciences and Disorders presented their work with the iCC program, titled iCan Communicate, uCan Too  at UCF's Service Learning Student Showcase on April 10th 2013. They came away with 2 awards for this valuable and innovative program! Congratulations!


If you have a child with Down Syndrome, please click here to learn more about this innovative program that provides communication assessments and iPads for individuals with Down syndrome.

To read more about this program, please access the following links for recent publicity on iCan Communicate:

UCF Today Article - March 2012

Central Florida Future Article - April 2012

UCF Knightly News Story - April 2012


PrAACtical AAC Blog

Looking for useful ideas for Augmentative & Alternative Communication?  Check out Dr. Carole Zangari's PrAACtical AAC Blog, which  provides a wealth of information for anyone interested in successful use of AAC!




Don't forget to read the June issue of FAAST ACCESS, FAAST's online newsletter. Read the article by Dr. Janet Whiteside PhD, highlighting UCF's Aphasia House and it's collaboration with the FAAST ARDC for treatment of people with Aphasia.


Visual Supports for Service Learning

Students of Dr. Jennifer Kent Walsh SP 6437 class, as part of a service learning project, in collaboration with FAAST ARDC, created 40 visual supports customized to meet the individual needs of clients with communication difficulties.  The visual supports were designed, based upon information from Speech & Language Therapists, working with the clients spread out all around Florida! The Students also visited the FAAST ARDC to learn about what FAAST has to offer!


Research Award

April 3, 2013  -  Dr. Jennifer Kent-Walsh  was awarded a 2013 Excellence in Research Award at the Founder's Day Honors Convocation at the University of Central Florida.  The Convocation Ceremony celebrated UCF's 50th Anniversary. Congratulations  Dr. Kent-Walsh!


New AAC Clinical Research Resource Site

iPad PhotoJan 15, 2013 - The FAAST ARDC is pleased to announce the launch of a new website dedicated to the AAC research activities associated with the FAAST Center/University of Central Florida AAC Lab and the University of New Mexico AAC Lab. The AAC ColLABoration is led by Dr. Cathy Binger and Dr. Jennifer Kent-Walsh. The mission of the AAC ColLABoration is to ensure that children with severe speech impairments meet their full communicative, educational, and social potentials. Check out this new resource for AAC clinical research!


FAAST ARDC In the News & Community:

Dr. Jennifer Kent-Walsh, Dr. Melissa Malani, Ms. Stephanie Bruining, Ms. Venita Freia  and Dr. Cathy Binger presented at the Annual Convention of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Assocation in Chicago, IL (Nov 14 - 16, 2013).  Presentations were very well received and are listed below:

Binger, C., Kent-Walsh, J., King, M., Webb, E., Buenviaje, E. & Mansfield, L. (2013, November).  Early sentence productions by 5-Year-olds using AAC: Effects of augmented output.  Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association, Chicago, IL.

Kent-Walsh, J., Dickerson, N. & Arzt, J. (2013, November).  Learning to produce novel multi-symbol questions/statements: AAC error patterns.  Poster presented at the Annual Convention of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association, Chicago, IL.

Kent-Walsh, J., Freia, V. & Bruining, S., (2013, November). Learning to produce multi-symbol aided AAC messages: Varying learning patterns.  Poster presented at the Annual Convention of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association, Chicago, IL.

Kent-Walsh, J., Malani, M., Bruining, S. & Freia, V. (2013, November). iCan Communicate: A service-learning approach to AAC instruction.  Poster presented at the Annual Convention of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association, Chicago, IL.

King, M., Binger, C. & Kent-Walsh, J. (2013, November).  Using dynamic assessment to assess syntax with 5-Year-Olds using an AAC iPad App.  Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association, Chicago, IL.

Malani, M., Murza, K., Kent-Walsh, J. & Binger, C. (2013, November). Communication partner instruction in AAC: A systematic review.  Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association, Chicago, IL.


It was another sunny and warm day at Lake Eola for the Down Syndrome Association of Central Florida's Step Up For Down Syndrome Annual Event on October 12th, 2013. Ms. Nancy Harrington and Ms. Stephanie Amundsen were there to display and discuss FAAST and AAC options for those attending this exciting event! It was a great event with plenty of fun and information available for all!

Ms. Nancy  Harrington  was at the Early Steps Autism Clinic on October 5th, 2013,  exhibiting a range of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) devices, and discussing AAC options with families. The Early Steps Providers followed up with a site visit to FAAST ARDC on October 18th to see and learn about the full range of devices and services available through FAAST.

 Ms. Harrington at the Early Steps Autism Clinic Oct. 5th - assisted by NSSLHA Volunteers.

Ms. Nancy Harrington presented at the 7th International CFC Conference, in Orlando on August 3rd, 2013.  The presentation was titled "What's Appening?  Exploring new Territories with iPads", and looked at accessibility options of iPads, for people with disabilities and iPad Applications for Augmentative & Alternative Communication and Learning.

Dr. Jennifer Kent-Walsh and Ms. Nancy Harrington presented "FAAST" Ideas for Summer Communication Fun!" for a Down Syndrome Association of Central Florida (DSACF) Webinar on July 15th, 2013.

Dr. Jennifer Kent-Walsh was the key speaker, presenting a full day course at the Nebraska Augmentative & Alternative Communication summer conference on June 14th, 2013.  The course, "Practical Language-Based Interventions for Clients Using Augmentative & Alternative Communication", covered guidelines for evidence based interventions to maximize language and communication outcomes for individuals who use AAC.

It was a beautiful morning at Lake Eola in downtown Orlando on June 1st 2013 for the Nathaniel's Hope Make 'm Smile" event. Ms. Nancy Harrington, Ms. Stephanie Bruining, Ms. Venita Freia and Ms. Jaclyn Lucy were on hand for a FAAST ARDC exhibit. There was  a large crowd and lots of people got to have a hands on look at adapted toys and speech generating devices, as well as learn about what FAAST does and the services of the Atlantic Region Demonstration Center.


 One of the event's VIPs enjoys exploring the various devices.


Dr. Jennifer Kent-Walsh and Dr. Melissa Malani exhibited and presented at the Annual Convention of the Florida Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (FLASHA) in Orlando from May 23rd -26th, 2013.  Dr. Kent-Walsh and Dr. Malani presented  Service-Learning & AAC iPad App Mixology:  A Recipe for Effective Clinician-Faculty Collaboration.   Dr. Kent Walsh also presented  the session AAC App Application: Building Children's Language Skills through Play Interventions, based on her research done in conjunction with Dr. Cathy Binger, Ms.Carolyn Buchanan, Ms. Pamela Resnick, Ms.Jenny Arzt & Ms. Nicole Dickerson.

Ms. Nancy Harrington presented a session on FAAST and Augmentative & Alternative Communication (AAC) to a contingent from the University of Sao Paolo, Brazil on April 29, 2013.  The session was attended by University Faculty, Speech-Language Pathologists and Master's and Doctoral Students from the University. The Brazilians were very interested to hear what FAAST had to offer and thought it would be great to have a FAAST in Brazil!

Ms. Nancy Harrington presented a session for the Central Florida Early Steps Providers on FAAST  and AAC to Aid Development of Communication  and Social Skills for Young Children with Developmental Disabilities, on April 24, 2013. The session was attended by 45 providers, who were very interested in what FAAST had to offer and how AAC could aid the development of the young children attending Early Steps.

Ms. Stephanie Bruining offered a session on iPad Apps for Communication and Education in Orlando during the Florida Down Syndrome Conference on the UCF Campus in March.  The session was well attended and received by family members and service-providers of individuals with Down syndrome.

The FAAST ARDC recently partnered with Assistiveware to offer a Proloquo2Go workshop.  The training was very well attended and received by UCF students, local clinicians, and family members of clients using Proloquo2Go.

iPad PhotoMs. Pamela Resnick and Dr. Jennifer Kent-Walsh presented a clinical session that was co-authored by Dr. Cathy Binger at the  Annual Conference of the Assistive Technology Industry Assocation in Orlando in January 2013.


With her colleague, Dr. Cathy Binger, Dr. Jennifer Kent-Walsh recently co-chaired the first AAC-focused web-based conference for the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association - Partner Instruction in AAC:  Strategies for Building Circles of Support. The Conference featured presentations by a range of leaders in AAC research and clinical work and was attended by close to 300 speech-language pathologists from around the world, including Ms. Pamela Resnick.


Click here to read the latest issue of Communique - the official newsletter of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders.  FAAST ARDC programs and services are highlighted within the Spring 2012 issue.

Click here to read about UCF students who partnered with the FAAST ARDC and the Down Syndrome Foundation of Florida to offer the iCan Communicate program being honored at the Annual Service-Learning Showcase at the University of Central Florida.

Dr. Jennifer Kent-Walsh recently published an entry on augmentative and alternative communication in the Encyclopedia of Lifestyle Medicine and Health.

Faculty from the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders and the FAAST ARDC accepted the Lynda Pollack, MD, Advocate Award presented by the Down Syndrome Assocation of Central Florida at the State Down Syndrome Conference on behalf of the University of Central Florida. The Lynda Pollack, M.D. Advocate Award honors an organization or individuals each year who give of themselves, their talents, and their time advocating for children with disabilities and their families. It is presented to leaders, who like Dr. Pollack herself, have a passion and vision for individuals with Down syndrome and this vision lights the way for others. The DSACF states that it is through the efforts of these individuals or organizations that people with Down syndrome are realizing their strengths and gifts and recreating our community.


Atlantic Center Now Accepting Referrals for Winter 2013 AAC Assessments & Therapy

We are now accepting referrals for our  Winter 2013 Augmentative and Alternative Communication Assessment Clinic in Orlando. Please click here to learn more about this program and contact Nancy Harrington at or 407-882-0465 to obtain additional information or to discuss timing options for AAC assessments.


FAAST ARDC - News Archives

The FAAST ARDC has had the pleasure of hosting several special programs since opening in 2005.  Please click on the below links to read about some of our past special program offerings.



iCan Communicate Parent Evaluation of Student Survey

iCan Communicate Immediate Post Participation Survey

Assistive Technology Device Loan Program Survey 

Did you borrow a device / equipment from us to try during an assessment, training, therapy, or at home/in the community?  If so, please complete the below survey EACH time you borrow something from us for yourself or for use/consideration with a client or family member.  Please note that completion of these surveys are critical for us to sustain funding to support the purchasing and loaning of assistive technologies for clients and service providers

Assistive Technology Device Demonstration Survey

Did you participate in an activity during which assistive technology was demonstrated for you or a client/family member? If so, please complete the below survey EACH time you participate in a device demonstration activity.    Please note that completion of these surveys are critical for us to sustain funding to support the ongoing operation of our center/program.