UPDATES: Exciting things are happening for the LET’S TALK Communication Access Initiative! Following the successful production of The Snow Queen in March of 2018, our Board of Directors and Advisory Board collaborated to plan and implement some incredible inclusive projects for 2018 and 2019. We have had the opportunity to offer FIVE FULL SCHOLARSHIPS for our LET’S TALK Public Service Campaign Presentation to five local schools. In addition, we have established a PEN PAL PROJECT to promote understanding and to develop friendships with students at Infinity Middle School in Aurora, Colorado. We continue to have our Monthly Meetings that are open to the general public to build relationships, to support participation and to grow our community’s awareness of how AAC systems support our neighbors, friends and family to engage, learn and grow.
Events and Projects to look forward to in 2019: •READ with AAC Project at local libraries to engage our members who use augmentative communication devices with elementary aged children. •21 and over Speakeasy Denver Event where all guests will have the opportunity to use technology to order their custom made cocktails and to mingle with a diverse crowd of fascinating people at our 1920s themed event! •Collaboration with the City of Aurora’s First Responders to launch an Alert Decal Program featuring a decal that will be placed on passenger side windows of vehicles and on front doors of residences, schools and businesses where a child or adult with sensory, behavioral, motor and/or communication needs is a passenger, resident, student or employee. The Decal Program is designed to alert First Responders that a passenger, resident, student or employee has complex communication needs and may require alternative/augmentative forms of communication. •Production of an educational and comedic film in collaboration with Circles, Ltd., dedicated to supporting positive interactions between medical professionals and their patients who have complex communication impairments. Our goal is to collaborate with two major Colorado hospitals to pilot this film as part of the orientation process for all new staff to help support their understanding of how to successfully communicate with someone who has limited to no verbal speech or difficulty understanding language. AWARDS: We are thrilled to share that our LET’S TALK news story, My Device, My Voice (Let’s Talk), that aired on 9 News Denver with Kyle Clark was recently awarded the EMMY for Technology Single News Story! We are honored and humbled to be recognized with this award and incredibly grateful to Cody Broadway of KUSA Television for believing in our mission and sharing our story with the public.