Thanks to Emma and Toni Green for this report:
thank you ISAAC Australia for the grant that helped with conference costs.
The thing I loved most was seeing my friends who use AAC, speech therapists and other people I know.
I’m crazy excited that ISAAC will be in Australia in 2018.
It was great to see so many people from Australia at the conference, and to meet folk from Canada and other places around the world who use AAC or support people who do in one way or another.
The trade displays were fantastic and there was the latest technology available to try out.
The conference dinner and dance was hilarious, Emma got a lot of footage on her GoPro (but we daren’t make it public, it’s too funny!!)
As usual there were some brilliant presentations from people who use AAC . We particularly enjoyed Beth Moulam’s presentation on interviewing and hiring support staff.
It was great to be part of the Town Hall meeting, I was there to support Emma and as her scribe, so I got to watch and listen but say nothing (always good for parents to do!).
Jane and co did a great ad for the 2018 conference at the closing ceremony, and we have ISAAC the Moose travelling with us until we return to Australia to help spread the word about the conference.
I would really encourage parents to consider supporting their family member at the conference, it’s a great way to build networks, to learn and to see your family member grow in confidence as they communicate with others in a safe environment.