Regional Demo Center: Atlantic Coast Florida
FAAST Atlantic Region Assistive Technology Demonstration Center
3275 Progress Drive, Suite A
Orlando, FL 32826
Main Clinic Phone: 407.882.0468
Main Clinic Fax: 407.882.0485
Contact FAAST ARDC Faculty/Staff
Nancy Harrington, M.A., CCC-SLP
(Lead AT Specialist, Assistant Regional Coordinator & Main Clinical Contact)
Jennifer Kent-Walsh, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
(Project/Center Director, Regional Coordinator & Main Administrative Contact)
Pamela Resnick, M.A., CCC-SLP
(Clinical Educator & FAAST ARDC Liaison)
Atlantic Coast RDC News
ARDC Staff recently presented the following sessions with colleagues at the ATIA Conference in Orlando:
- Augmentative and Alternative Communication Options for Head and Neck Cancer Patients
- Augmentative and Alternative Communication Town Hall
ARDC Research in the Orlando Sentinel:
- We’ve moved! We are still unpacking and getting settled, but we are now officially welcoming clients, families, and community partners to our new facility! Our new location is adjacent to the main UCF Communication Disorders Clinic. The address is as follows:
3275 Progress Drive, Suite A
Orlando, FL 32826
- Research Update: We are pleased to announce that we will soon be 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.
- October 2015 marked the 10th Anniversary of the FAAST Atlantic Region Assistive Technology Demonstration Center opening as a component of the UCF Communication Disorders Clinic! On Friday, October 9, 2015, the UCF Alumni Association hosted an Open House and Grand Opening Event for the new location of the UCF Communication Disorders Clinic, including the FAAST ARDC. FAAST Executive Director Michael Daniels and Board Member Christine Rudd attended and accepted a plaque presented to honor FAAST as a valued, long-term partner of the University of Central Florida Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders.
Large (Bottom) Photo Caption (Left to Right):
Dr. Michael Frumkin, Dean, UCF College of Health and Public Affairs
Ms. Christine Rudd, FAAST Board Member & UCF Alumnus
Mr. Michael Daniels, FAAST Executive Director
Dr. Jennifer Kent-Walsh, FAAST ARDC Director & Regional Coordinator
Ms. Nancy Harrington, FAAST ARDC Assistant Regional Coordinator
Dr. Richard Zraick, Chair, UCF Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
FAAST ARDC staff and students recently presented at the Annual Convention of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association in Denver, Colorado. The following clinically-relevant presentations were well received at the convention, which was attended by over 10,000 speech-language pathologists, audiologists, hearing scientists, students, researchers, and policy makers from across the country:
- Amundsen, S., Kent-Walsh, J., Rivers, K., & Ruddy, B.H. (2015, November). AAC Access for Patients in Medical Settings.
- Downs, O., Kent-Walsh, J., Schwartz, J., & Daly, T. (2015, November). Implementing the SPEAKall! iPad App & Intervention Protocol With a Child With Autism: A Pilot Study.
- Twyman, A., Schwartz, J., Kent-Walsh, J., Hahs-Vaughn, D. & Daly, T. (2015, November). Investigation Into the Use of Evidence-Based Interventions in Classrooms for Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Meet the Staff!
Nancy A. Harrington M.A., CCC-SLP
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 is a Speech Language Pathologist who has 31 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.
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.
Savannah Taylor, B.S. (FAAST ARDC Data Coordinator & Lead Graduate Assistant)
In Fall 2015, Savannah graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from the University of Central Florida (UCF). She is currently a graduate student in the Master of Education program at UCF with a focus on the early education of exceptional learners. She plans to graduate in Spring 2017. Savannah joined the FAAST ARDC team in Spring 2016 to assume the position as Lead Graduate Assistant and Data Coordinator.