FAAST Atlantic Region Assistive Technology Demonstration Center
3280 Progress Drive, Suite 250
Orlando, FL 32826
Main Clinic Phone: 407.882.0468
Main Clinic Fax: 407.882.0483
Contact FAAST ARDC Faculty/Staff
Carolyn Buchanan, M.A., CCC-SLP, ATP
(Lead AT Specialist, Assistant Regional Coordinator & Main Clinical Contact)
Jennifer Kent-Walsh, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
(Project/Center Director, Regional Coordinator & Main Administrative Contact)
Nancy Harrington, M.A., CCC-SLP, ATP
Clinical Instructor, FAAST Assistive Technology Professional, AAC Lab Research Grant Coordinator
Pamela Resnick, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
(Clinical Instructor & FAAST ARDC Liaison)
Atlantic Coast RDC News
The Atlantic Regional Demonstration Center has recently moved to our new premises at 3280 Progress Drive, Suite 250, just across from the main UCF Communication Disorders Clinic. We welcome visitors of all ages to explore our range of Assistive Technology, including: Adaptive Toys, Alternative Computer Access, AT for Vision and Hearing, Aids for Daily Living and Aging in Place, iPads with Apps for communication, learning and cognition & Augmentative and Alternative Communication Devices.
FAAST Switch Adapts Toys for Holiday Giveaway
FAAST recently collaborated with AT Makers to adapt over 100 toys to be switch accessible. Over 40 volunteers from both organizations and two high school robotics teams spent eight hours adapting the toys that are being given away at a holiday events throughout the state in December.
Giving a ‘Voice’ to Innovation: Jennifer Kent-Walsh Wins Marchioli Award
ARDC Research in the Orlando Sentinel:
ARDC Staff recently presented the following clinically relevant sessions at conferences in the USA and Canada:
- Kent-Walsh, J., Binger, C., Harrington, N. and Timpe, E, Campbell, O. (2017, November) Teaching Young Children to Produce Grammatically Complete Sentences via Aided AAC Modeling, Presentation at the ASHA National Convention, Los Angeles, CA.
- Kent-Walsh, J., Binger, C., Harrington, N. and Timpe, E, (2017, January) Targeting Aided Expressive Language with Preschoolers Using AAC Apps, Presentation at the Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA) Conference, Orlando, FL.
- Timpe, E., Kent-Walsh, J., Binger, C., Hahs-Vaughn, D., Schwartz, J., Harrington, N. and Vazquez, J. (2017, January) Effects of Parent Instruction on the Aided Turns of Preschoolers, Presentation at the Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA) Conference, Orlando, FL.
- Kent-Walsh, J., Binger, C., Harrington, N. and Timpe, E. (2016, November) Teaching 5 year olds using AAC to Ask Inverted Yes-No Questions using Apps: An Aided AAC Modeling Intervention, Presentation at the ASHA National Convention, Philadelphia, PA.
- Timpe, E., Kent-Walsh, J., Binger, C.,Hahs-Vaughn, D., Schwartz, J., Harrington, N. and Vazquez, J. (2016, November) Effects of Parent Instruction on the Communication Turns of Preschoolers With Down Syndrome using AAC., Presentation at the ASHA National Convention, Philadelphia, PA.
- Kent-Walsh, J., Binger, C., Harrington, N., (2016, August) Teaching Young Children to Ask Inverted Yes-No Questions using Apps: An Aided AAC Modeling Intervention, Presentation at the ISAAC International Conference, Toronto, Canada.
- Timpe, E., Kent-Walsh, J., Harrington, N., Lavadia, L. and Vazquez, J. (2016, August) iCan Communicate: Expanding Service Delivery Models to Include Telepractice, Presentation at the ISAAC International Conference, Toronto, Canada.
- We are pleased to announce that we are recruiting participants for a new research study funded by the National Institutes of Health. You can read about this project in the following article: http://today.ucf.edu/nih-funds-study-on-technology-services-for-children-with-severe-speech-disabilities/ Additional details will be posted as the study advances to participant recruitment.
Useful Web links:
Great resource for AAC Tips!
Assistive Technology in the classroom:
Assistive Technology for Children with Autism: https://www.cesa7.org/sped/autism/assist/asst10.htm
Assistive Technology for Seniors
CP Channel: Powerful Resource for people with cerebral palsy
AT Maker website: great resource for making adapted toys
Meet the Staff!
Carolyn Buchanan, M.A., CCC-SLP, ATP
Ms. Carolyn Buchanan joined the ARDC Team in August 2017 as the Lead Assistive Technology Specialist and Assistant Regional Coordinator for the FAAST ARDC. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Stetson University and her Master of Arts from the University of Central Florida. Carolyn has recently returned to FAAST and the University of Central Florida after working as an Augmentative Communication Specialist for Crotched Mountain ATECH Services in New Hampshire.
Jennifer Kent-Walsh, PhD, CCC-SLP, S-LP(C)
Dr. Jennifer Kent-Walsh is a Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders and the Principal Investigator/Director of the FAAST ARDC. Jennifer received her Bachelor of Education degree from McGill University, her Master of Science degree from Dalhousie University, and her Doctor of Philosophy from The Pennsylvania State University. Jennifer currently is active in assistive technology (AT) and augmentative and alternative communication (AAC)-related teaching, research, and clinical service activities at the University of Central Florida. Along with her research collaborator, Cathy Binger, and other faculty and student investigators, she concentrates her research efforts on developing and evaluating interventions designed to improve language and communication outcomes for children with developmental disabilities who use AAC. Jennifer enjoys grounding her research and teaching in local community contexts and frequently provides opportunities for FAAST ARDC clients to engage with student clinicians.
Nancy A. Harrington M.A., CCC-SLP, ATP
Mrs. Nancy Harrington returned to the United States in 2013 as the Lead Assistive Technology Specialist and Assistant Regional Coordinator for the FAAST ARDC. Nancy now serves as The AAC Lab Research Grant Coordinator and FAAST Assistive Technology Professional. Nancy is a Speech Language Pathologist who has 34 years of clinical experience working with individuals with disability and their families. Nancy received her undergraduate degree in Speech Pathology & Audiology from the State University of New York at Geneseo in 1982 and her Master’s Degree in Speech Pathology from Hofstra University, Hempstead, New York in 1983. Nancy has worked in a variety of educational and medical settings in New York, and she worked as a team member and administrator with Enable Ireland, a specialist service for individuals with physical, sensory and learning disabilities, for nearly 20 years.
Sarah Gray, B.A
Ms Sarah Gray is a graduate student at the University of Central Florida, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, where she has serves as a Research and Teaching Assistant. Sarah has a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Sciences & Disorders and brings with her experience as Kindergarten Teacher, Literacy Teaching Assistant and Adjunct Instructor for at Lake Sumter College Kids college program and Bay Street Players Young Peoples’ Theatre Program.
Sydney Winner, B.S.
Ms. Sydney Winner is a graduate student at the University of Central Florida, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. Sydney has a Bachelor of Psychology with a Minor in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Sydney is a Florida Board Certified Speech Language Pathology Assistant and has worked as a Field Intern for the Center for Autism and Related disabilities and as an Apple Inc. specialist. Sydney has been able to help connect people of all ages with technological goods and accessibility features for use of Apple products for assistive technology.