Join MCIU to Learn current best practices regarding AAC principles such as how to support language learning, select appropriate vocabulary and get AAC users engaged in the process.

This interactive experience explores strategies for teaching even the youngest students language by engineering environments so all communicators have opportunities for rich, meaningful practice of language in the context of everyday routines. Learn current best practices regarding AAC principles such as how to support language learning, select appropriate vocabulary and get AAC users engaged in the process. Explore how to design educational experiences using interactive technologies which empower the learner and their support network to achieve their lifelong language goals. This presentation will also teach participants how to build the skills of communication partners and how training centered on coaching empowers parents and educators to take ownership of promoting the use of AAC systems all day long, in all environments.

Dates and Times

All meetings will be held online via zoom from 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM EST.

10/12/2022  |  10/24/2022  

11/8/2022  |  11/21/2022

MCIU is an ASHA CE approved provider
Julie Ortleib

Julie Ortlieb

Julie Ortlieb is a Project Consultant in the Office of Professional Learning at the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit. Her specialty is Special education, and she focuses her work on supporting learners with complex instructional needs. Julie has a vast array of education experience. She has taught in various special education settings, ranging from self-contained special education classrooms to inclusive, co-taught general education classrooms. Her passion for education and dedication to reaching all learners is evident in her engaging presentations.

Prior to her role as a Project Consultant, Julie was an Inclusion Facilitator and Special Educator in the North Penn School District. She was also a Multiple Disabilities Support Teacher with MCIU. Julie is a certified Wilson Reading Instructor with experience teaching the Wilson Reading Program, Fundations, and Just Words.

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Rachel Madel

Rachel Madel

Rachel Madel M.A.,CCC-SLP is a Los Angeles-based speech-language pathologist and communication expert dedicated to coaching parents and professionals on how to incorporate technology to best support speech and language development. Rachel presents both nationally and abroad on the use of augmentative alternative communication (AAC) for children with complex communication needs and coaches clinicians, teachers and parents on integrating technology in classrooms and at home to support communication. When she’s not working with children in her private practice in Los Angeles, she co-hosts a weekly podcast called “Talking With Tech” that focuses on best practices in AAC. She is the founder of a digital media company that provides educational resources, therapy materials and training videos to help support parents and professionals of children with autism. Her work has been featured in Autism Parenting Magazine, Speech Science, Praactical AAC, Xceptional Ed, Teachers with Apps and ChildNEXUS.

Chris Bugaj

Christopher Bugaj

Christopher R. Bugaj, MA CCC‐SLP is a founding member of the Assistive Technology Team for Loudoun County Public Schools. Chris co-hosts the Talking With Tech podcast featuring interviews and conversations about augmentative and alternative communication and has hosted The A.T.TIPSCAST; a multi-award-winning podcast featuring strategies to design educational experiences. Chris is the author of The New Assistive Tech: Make Learning Awesome For All, published by the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). Chris is the co-author of Inclusive Learning 365: EdTech Strategies for Every Day of the Year and The Practical (and Fun) Guide to Assistive Technology in Public Schools both of which are also published by ISTE. Chris co-authored two chapters for a book published by Brookes Publishing titled Technology Tools for Students with Autism. Chris co‐produces and co‐authors the popular Night Light Stories podcast which features original stories for children of all ages. Chris has presented over 550 live or digital sessions at local, regional, state, national and international events, including TEDx.