Updates & Announcements

The A.T.TIPSCAST has been going through some updates lately.

New Hosting Site!

I’ve moved the audio files associated with the A.T.TIPScast from Cyberears to Podbean. If you experience any interruptions to how you access the A.T.TIPSCAST using your podcast application, re-subscribe! You can access every episode from http://attipscast.podbean.com/. I apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you.

YouTube Project Finished!

Every episode of the A.T.TIPSCAST has been converted into a video and uploaded to YouTube. You can access a video version of every episode from the YouTube Channel.

New Show! Talking With Tech

New content for the A.T.TIPSCAST continues to be on hold, but that doesn’t mean new content isn’t being produced! I’ve partnered with Lucas Steuber from SpeechScience and Rachel Madel to create a new podcast called Talking with Tech! The new podcast features discussions about technology related to communication and beyond!

New Book Update!

The book has gone through the first round of peer reviews! It is time to use their feedback to tighten some things up and move some things around to make it the best it can be before its ready to be released into the wild.

Thanks for bearing with all these changes!

5 Necessary Components of Effective AAC Implementation YappGuru University Webinar

Woman and girl looking at a tablet. ASHA CEU logo in top right corner. Title which reads Five Necessary Components of Effective AAC Implementation is imposed in the lower right.This week I was invited to present an hour long webinar for YappGuru University’s AAC After Work series. The series featured a number of internationally known presenters who work in the field of Augmentative/Alternative Communication and Assistive Technology. I presented Five Necessary Components of Effective AAC Implementation. You can find the slide deck by going to http://bit.ly/ygu5aac.

The webinar was recorded and can be purchased through YappGuru University by going to http://bit.ly/ygu5aaccourse. YappGuru University offers .10 ASHA CEUs for successful completion.

Below are some of the comments from some live participants:

“OMG I love the house/door thing!!! I need to use this with current parents!”

“These memes!!! I love it!”

“This was one of the best, most effective presentations I have seen!”

“Most excellent presentation! Loved it!”

“Thank you for all the information that was great!”

“This was fantastic!! Thank you!!”





The Least Dangerous Assumption -Cerebral Palsy Foundation Video

Back at ATIA 2017, I was invited to record a video for the Cerebral Palsy Foundation as part of their ongoing video series. I chose to talk about a concept called the Least Dangerous Assumption authored by Anne Donnellan and expounded upon on Cheryl Jorgensen in a follow-up article. The Foundation then took my raw footage and turned into something watchable (and, I hope if you like it, also shareable). Here’s the final cut! I hope I did the concept justice.

Here’s a big thank you to the Foundation for inviting me to record the video and to Karen Janowski for connecting us! Thank you Karen!

Updates & Announcements

Dear Chris, 

Where the heck have you been? There hasn’t been any new updates to the A.T.TIPScast in awhile. What’s the deal? While you’re busy explaining things, here’s another question for you. The Practical and Fun Guide to Assistive Technology in Public Schools turns 7 years old in April. Are there any plans for another book? Do you have any plans to do anything else? Whatchya working on? What’s keeping you busy these days?

Thanks for keeping us in the loop,



Dear Everyone,

Thank you for the questions. Believe me, no one is itching to get back to producing new podcast episodes more than me! I miss it! As for now though, the A.T.TIPScast is on vacation as number of different projects have taken precedence. Recently, I participated in an interview with Mai Ling Chan who recently launched YappGuruU, a new online learning platform specializing in courses for professionals working with people with disabilities. In the interview, we discuss some past events like the TEDxAshburn presentation but then dive into what’s been going on currently. Here’s a link to watch the video over on Facebook Live.

But, for those of you like me, List Lovers, here’s the breakdown of what’s up…with bullets!

  • Episode YouTube Conversion Project  – Every episode of the A.T.TIPScast is being converted and archived in YouTube. Check out the progress over at the A.T.TIPScast YouTube page.
  • Presentations & Coaching – Whether in person, via video conference, or through a webinar, I’ve been busy presenting. I’ve also been coaching teams working to bring about change in their educational institutions with regard to technology implementation for people with disabilities. You can see an entire list of presentation here.
  • YappGuru University Course – Once the A.T.TIPScast episodes are loaded in YouTube, I’ll be working to put them together in a way where people can get professional development credit for listening to them through YappGuru University.
  • NEW BOOK! – I’m busy writing a new book to be published by the International Society for Technology in Education. The book is an entirely new work focusing on creating practices and programs built upon educational experiences designed for every learner using contemporary technology considerations.

So, that’s what’s going on with me! If you’re reading this, then it’s because of you I have all these opportunities to make a change in the world.

Thank you for your support!





The AT Mannequin Challenge at ATIA 2017


three mannequins

By now, you’ve probably heard of the Mannequin Challenge. The concept is simple. For no good reason, create a scene where everyone holds completely still as another person walks through the scene filming it. Then, post your video to entertain or inspire others. Here’s a link to some of the more popular ones which have already been created – http://time.com/4565174/mannequin-challenge-ranking/

How does this relate assistive technology?

Let’s gather together to participate in a Mannequin Challenge to raise awareness for the use of technology to support people with disabilities. Let’s do an Assistive Technology Mannequin Challenge.

When: Friday, January 20th at 6:30pm ET

Where: At the launch of EdcampAccess at the 2017 Assistive Technology Industry Association Conference in Orlando, Florida


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Who: You and every one of your colleagues!

What to do: Creatively show off a concept, principle, practice, or piece of technology used to support a person with a disability by holding a pose for approximately 1 – 2 minutes. Someone, likely me, will slowly move through the crowd filming it.

Once recorded, I’ll edit it together with some music and post it to YouTube. Then we can all share it with everyone we know!

If you have any questions, let me know! 

Hope to see you there!

UPDATE! The Mannequin Challenge Happened! Here is the video we made together!

A.T.TIPSCAST Episode #155: ALgS or Model, Model, Model

This episode of the A.T.TIPSCAST is sponsored by the ebook version of
The Practical (and Fun) Guide to Assistive Technology

Cover for The Practical (and Fun) Guide to Assistive Technology in Public Schools

Episode Overview –

Episode #155 features a recording of a conversation between Chris and his wife Melissa which takes place during a baby sitting session. The episode explores early language development and describes the strategy of Aided Language Stimulation (ALgS) necessary for teaching language to a user of augmentative/alternative communication.

A.T.TIPS in this Episode –

A.T.TIP #488: Model on the AAC device.

Also, here’s a video that explains Aided Language Stimulation:

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A.T.TIPSCAST Episode #154: Planning for Motor Memory

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Episode Overview –

Episode #154 features a discussion on the concept of using motor plans and motor memory to become automatic at using an AAC device.

A.T.TIPS in this Episode –

A.T.TIP #486: Plan for motor memory right from the onset of device implementation.

A.T.TIP #487: Don’t mess with the motor plan once established.

Attribution Notification – Portions of the following musical tracks were used in this episode:

Upcoming Live Presentations

ISAAC Conference in Toronto, Canada – August 2016

AAC Practitioners in the 21st Century: Leveraging Our Efforts through Social Media and Digital Technologies (with Carole Zangari)

4 panel comic with a genie and a lamp. Panel 1 - Genie says "You rubbed the magic lamp! Make a wish!". Panel 2 - Genie says, "What? No! I won't let you waste your wish on that!" Panel 3 - Genie says, "If you wish to learn about digital tech you don't need me!" Panel 4 - Genie says, "Go to Carole's and Chris's Precon at ISAAC on August 6th instead!" In the bottom there is text that reads "sign up today! http://bit.ly/isaacprecons

Liberator AAC Summit – Melbourne, Australia – July 2016

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