• Zagreb, Croatia
  • October 17-19, 2018
  • 35+ speakers
  • 10+ countries

ATAAC conference brings leading world experts and users of assistive technology (AT) and augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) to Zagreb to present their knowledge and share their experience with you.

Under the patronage of the President of Croatia Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović.




Lectures of speakers who are not presenting in English will be simultaneously interpreted in English.

  • Wednesday, October 17
    Children, Schools and Education
    8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
    9:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.
    Conference opening
    Conference opening
    9:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
    Inclusive classroom: How AT helps Children with Severe and Profound Cognitive Difficulties
    Ian Bean is an independent special needs ICT consultant and trainer specializing in the use of ICT and assistive technology to support learners of all ages with severe and complex additional needs.

    This session shares some of the many ways that technology is being used successfully to support the communication, learning and leisure needs of young people with severe and profound difficulties.

    We’ll explore:

    • Enabling access and the implications for your teaching.

    • Building motivation and engagement and what you can do to make your lessons memorable.

    • Presuming competence and having high expectations of what your learners can achieve.

    • Target setting and tracking your learner’s progress.

    • Free and low-cost teaching resources and where to find them.
    10:45 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
    Break & Networking
    11:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
    Best Practices Examples: Using AT in the Early Years Classroom
    Lelia Kiš-Glavaš

    • Full professor tenure at Department of Inclusive Education and Rehabilitation at Faculty of Education and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Zagreb

    • Member of Government of the Republic of Croatia committee for persons with disabilities and Croatian National board for improving the social dimension of higher education

    • Scientific interests: system of support for students with disabilities in higher education in Croatia (implementation and development, evaluation of the effectiveness and satisfaction of participants in the process), professional rehabilitation and employment of people with disabilities (motivation of persons with disabilities and employers attitudes), human rights of people with disabilities, educational inclusion (in higher education, and education of teachers in primary and secondary education), undesirable behaviours, rehabilitation through movement and basic perceptive-motor stimulation

    Within this presentation:

    • You will be introduced to the theoretical bases of assistive technology at an early age

    • You will get acquainted with the goals and opportunities for the application of assistive technology in stimulating the overall development of pre-school children with developmental difficulties

    • You will see a short video about the application of assistive technology in several kindergartens in the Republic of Croatia
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    11:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Product Demo: ABC Maestro
    Lidija Iličić is a special education teacher that joined the E-Glas team after working in nursery and elementary schools. After the experience of direct work with numerous children with disabilities she recognized augmentative and alternative communication and assistive techology as the biggest ally in rehabilitaton.

    Guruprasad Madhale Jadav always thought that technology can help in creating a better world. That came true when he joined E-Glas where he participates in the development of assistive technology.

    Together they worked on developing ABC Maestro – a program that facilitates primary learning of reading, writing and keyboard usage with the help of simple and interesting activities. During the lecture they will introduce this education and rehabilitation software and we will explore the following:

    • Benefits of step-by-step activities for developing reading and writing pre-skills while learning how to use the keyboard

    • Advantages of visual and content individual support that ABC Maestro offers to the little readers

    • What to do when the child's interest for reading and writing is low and how to use ABC Maestro to increase the user's motivation

    • Why kids, specialists and teachers love ABC Maestro

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    12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.
    HIPER: Early Education Program
    About Hureka... (coming soon)
    12:30 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.
    E-Glas: Our Story
    (coming soon)
    12:45 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
    Band Dlan - Music performance
    About Deaf Band Dlan... (coming soon)
    2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    Poster presentation
    4:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    How to teach AAC users..? AAC and AT in special school setting
    Alina is a special Ed teacher and SLP teaching AAC and AT at special school in Krakow (Poland) for 23 years. 18 years ago she used to be teacher-in-residence at the Bridge School – amazing place in California serving children, who have complex communication needs.

    In this lecture you’ll meet her current students and learn:

    • How she organize their education

    • How their week looks like

    • What educational goals they set

    • How they equipped students to allow participation

    • What are base elements of lesson preparing

    • Samples of lesson and solutions
    4:30 p.m. - 4:40 p.m.
    Video Story: Mate Bešlić - AAC User in School
    Mate Bešlić is a 9-year-old boy that suffers from Spinal Muscular Atrophy Type 1. Because of his condition Mate is breading with the help of the mechanical ventilation and uses eye-tracking technology to communicate.

    Mate is a very communicative boy full of life, currently attending the second grade of the Primary School Galdovo in Sisak, Croatia. His education is being carried out both in the form of homeschooling and in the form of regular classroom attendance. He is successfully completing the regular school curriculum with the individual teaching approach. All of the classroom programmes are being prepared and carried out by Martina Grđan, a homeschool teacher.

    The video story shows the process of Mate’s education. You will be able to see how the school curriculum was adapted for the use of a communication aid.
    4:40 p.m. - 4:50 p.m.
    Video Story: Little house - little school
    Aleksandra Milković, graduate journalist. is the Association director and the head of projects in the Association. She is a mother of a child with developmental difficulties, the president of the national Croatian union of associations of children with developmental difficulties OSIce.

    Her biggest accomplishment is the „Room of wonders“ project, in which she was the head of the project and its development. She has multi-year experience in organizing seminars, conferences, PR events, organizing humanitarian actions, organizing and managing project teams in every project from the Association in the last five years, organizing and managing the office

    The Association of persons with disabilities in Sisak-moslavina County is an independent, voluntary, nonparty and a non-profit organization in which children with developmental difficulties and people with disabilities that have various body, intellectual and sensory deprivations join in order to achieve privileges and rights that they are entitled to by law.

    The Association celebrates its 15th year of working this year, and it helps 130 children and young people with developmental difficulties through various activities such as: work therapy, sensory integration therapy, program of preparing children for school („Little School“), help in studying, brake from care, playrooms, creative workshops, summer sports camps, occasionally organizing field trips, birthday parties and hangouts between parents and children.
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    4:50 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Video Story: Education and Rehabilitation Center Križevci
    Education and Rehabilitation Center Križevci is an institution that provides preschool and elementary school education programmes for children with developmental difficulties from age 3 to age 21. The Center also carries out rehabilitation programmes such as kinesiotherapy, speech therapy, sensory integration therapy and many other. The goal is to develop and strenghten functional knowledge and abilities of students with developmental difficulties in order to provide them independence and social inclusion. Programmes that are being carried out are primarily addressed to individual skills and needs of every child. The Center is comitted to developing self-respect, confidence and self-represantation among their students.

    Ivana Dugina Baran, a special education teacher working at the Center for Education and Rehabilitation Križevci as a teacher for children with autism spectrum disorders.

    Helena Strsoglaves, a special education teacher who used to work with children with multiple disabilities (motor disabilites, speech delay) and is currently working as a special needs coordinator and sensory integration therapist.

    In this video lecture you will learn about:

    • everyday work with students with autistic spectrum disorders; communication, socialization, motor activities (good practice examples),

    • communication –> the key of repressing unwanted behaviour and social inclusion,

    • motivational tricks: ideas on how to motivate students,

    • sensory integration and communication.
    5:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
    Integration of Children with Developmental Difficulties into the Educational System
    Ines Delzotto graduated at the Faculty of Education and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Zagreb and works as a special education teacher at the Veruda Pula Center for Rehabilitation where she has founded the first Office for Assistive Technology in Croatia. The Office offers services of diagnostics, rehabilitation, consulting, education and the development of new instruments.

    She specialized in assistive technology rehabilitation at the Institute for Research and Development in Milano, Italy.

    In this lecture you will find out:

    • How to reconcile students' primary disabilities and the challenges of using assistive technology in the educational system?

    • Continuum of instruments in the educational system.

    • The resposibilities of a special education teacher when there is a student that needs assistive technology in the classroom.

    • Is assistive technology in the classrooms an additional burden to what is already an overburdened system?

    5:45 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.
    TEACCH, PECS and Sign Language in Home Education of a Student with Pervasive Developmental Disorder
    Matea Hotujac Dreven, mag.edu.phon.reh., is Certified Level 2 Floortime therapist for play therapy, under The Greenspan Floortime Approach, and works in Primary School Braća Seljan, Karlovac

    This lecture will present a multidisciplinary approach to teaching a pupil with a pervasive developmental disorder who is being home-schooled as part of a regular primary school education due to his medical condition.

    This is a case study of a 3rd grade pupil attending Primary school Braća Seljan in Karlovac.

    As a special part of this lecture there will be an overview of the organization of lessons for a pupil attending Primary school Braća Seljan in Karlovac, who is being home-schooled due to his medical condition (a pervasive developmental disorder, motor aphasia and sensory integration dysfunction).
    6:15 p.m. - 6:45 p.m.
    Special Education Center Milan Petrović
    About... (coming soon)
    6:45 p.m. - 6:55 p.m.
    Video Story: Rehabilitation Center Zagreb
    About... (coming soon)
    6:55 p.m. - 7:05 p.m.
    Video Story: Special Education Center Rijeka
    About... (coming soon)
    7:05 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.
    Video Story: CeDePe Association
    CeDePe Zagreb is an organisation that has been operating since 1977 and its main function is to gather people with cerebral palsy, polio and other motor disabilities. Through its work and activities it creates conditions for a dignified life, working on life quality and social inclusion by providing social services and promoting rights of children and adults with cerebral palsy.

    Marija Godo is working as an occupational therapist at CeDePe Zagreb since 2010. She participates in the implementation of various programs and projects. In the Day care centre Marija performs individual and group activities with adolescents and adults with cerebral palsy and during Summer School she works with children with developmental difficulties.

    The video story will show:

    • Different situations in which adolescents and adults with cerebral palsy and multiple difficulties use assistive technology

    • Why it is important to encourage clients autonomy in activities of daily living

    • How to implement assistive technology (customized IT equipment, communication enhancement equipment, picture display and custom feeding equipment) in Day care centre

    7:15 p.m. - 7:25 p.m.
    Video Story: Nikola - AAC user
    (coming soon)
  • Thursday, October 18
    AAC, Rehabilitation and Workplace
    8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
    9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
    How to Establish Communication and Cooperation with Non-Speaking Children in Hospital and Home Environment
    John Costello is a Speech-Language Pathologist at Boston Children’s Hospital where he has specialized in augmentative communication for 33 years. In addition to providing outpatient pediatric augmentative communication assessment and intervention services, John founded the first of its kind pediatric intensive care/acute care unit augmentative communication program as well as a dedicated AAC program for people with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. All of these programs are at Boston Children’s Hospital.

    John has authored or co-authored articles and chapters related to AAC assessment and AAC in the hospital setting, teaches several AAC graduate courses at Boston University and has lectured nationally and internationally on many topics in AAC.

    In this lecture, you will learn:

    • Rationale for Developing a communication profile

    • Focus on equalizing the ‘gap’ between what someone CAN communicate and WANTS to communicate (may be different from what partner’s want them to communicate)

    • Differentiating Presume POTENTIAL from Presume COMPETENCE and the argument for focusing on Presume Potential

    • Differentiating Presume POTENTIAL from Presume COMPETENCE and the argument for focusing on Presume Potential,

    • Strategies to support foundations of communication success and willingness to ‘cooperate’ for emerging and context dependent communicators.
    10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
    Break & Networking
    11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
    Determining Best Access method for persons with physical and / or visual impairment
    Janet Bischof-Rosario is an occupational therapist that has been working w/children and adults w/physical disabilities and augmentative communication for over 33 years at the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, formerly known as the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. She manages the Technology Center at the SRALab, staffed by 4 SLPs and 4 OTs, who provide AAC services, computer access, and electronic aids to daily living assessments. She really enjoys helping to identify the most efficient access method for a child to communicate via their AAC device, use a computer, and/or text on their cell phone.

    In this lecture, you will learn:

    • Why including an OT in your AAC assessment process is considered Best Practice

    • 5 Fun simple ideas to develop switch skills using computer, tablet, and adapted toys

    • How to choose most appropriate type of switch scan from over 4 types for your student/client

    • 5 different ways to mount switches, including low cost options

    • To identify principles to assist you when its difficult to decide between switch use and eye gaze access for AAC using 2 case studies

    • Facts about 4 different tabletop and w/c mounting options for AAC devices

    11:45 p.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Product Demo: Tobii Dynavox
    Product Demo... (coming soon)
    12:00 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.
    Systematic Growth of Skills in AAC: Why and How?
    Bethany Diener is a speech-language pathologist who has specialized in providing AAC services for adults and children with a variety of diagnoses and in many environments for over 30 years. As the Manager of Implementation Resources for Tobii Dynavox, she participates in product development and creates training and implementation resources. Bethany is dedicated to encouraging independence and successful use of augmentative-alternative communication by augmented communicators and their partners.

    Growth in AAC is our desire. We want people to be more competent and independent. However, our approach is often responsive (a situation occurs and we intervene) rather than systematic and intentional. This session will discuss evidence for and use of device modifications (low or high tech), skill-based intervention, and partner-skills to influence growth. Case studies will be used to demonstrate how these factors can be used together to encourage growth in an intentional manner.

    Learning objectives:

    • State the purpose of growth in AAC and three factors that influence it.

    • Identify three methods of growing language in AAC devices (low and high tech) and benefits of each.

    • Explain four areas of communicative competence in which skill-based growth can be targeted.

    • Describe three partner-skills that influence growth.

    • Apply these factors intentionally to address goals in case studies.
    12:45 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
    20 years LIFEtool Computer aided Communication
    David Hofer, CEO of LIFEtool Computer aided Communication and a Son of deaf Parents, taking care of the development of Softwareprogramms, APPs, Services and Solutions for children with disabilities in Austria and beyond. Proud of being involved in project development and delivering educational services for Teachers, Therapists and Parents not only in Austria but also in Novi Sad, Zagreb, Mostar or Prague.

    In this lecture, you will learn how to start with the iPad or the Computer in the field of early intervention for children with disabilities in terms of:

    • First experience in working with a switch/a touchscreen

    • Fun with playing

    • Training of attention and anticipation

    • Training of cause and effect

    which you can use for

    • Early intervention

    • visual Training

    • Children with physical impairments

    • Children with learning disabilities
    13:00 p.m. - 13:15 p.m.
    Music performance by music composer Erik Balija
    About ... (coming soon)
    2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    Poster presentation
    4:00 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
    Product Demo: HARPO
    Wojtek represents Harpo Company - the producer and distributor equipment for disabled persons. He has experience in export management while working with the disabled gives him a strong foundation for presenting interesting ideas important for the future development of society. With Harpo – he helps the world to see!

    In this lecture, you will learn:

    • 5 ways of get acquainted with technology and Braille by Mountbatten Brailler Tutor

    • Why is it crucial that blind children get similar experience with technology as their sighted peers

    • How to communicate using Braille even when you don't know Braille

    • What do students learn with Mountbatten Brailler Tutor

    • When should they start using Mountbatten Brailler
    4:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    Demo: Housemate
    Brian Dillon is a design engineer specialising in the area of Assistive Technology. He has brought many innovative products to the industry including the Magic Flute musical instrument, the Point-It! computer access joystick, the ClickToPhone smart phone solution, and most recently, the HouseMate and TwoXTen environmental controls.

    Brian has previously spoken at ATIA, Closing the Gap, European Seating Symposium, Communication Matters, ARATA and other industry conferences. He lives and works in Kilkenny, Ireland.

    In this lecture Brian will present:

    • An overview of the different elements of a fully accessible home

    • A brief history of control devices from simple to complex

    • Single switch scanning with voice feedback using the TwoXTen

    • Step-by-step guide to recording InfraRed signals with HouseMate

    • 3 different switch scan techniques to control a Smart Phone

    • How HouseMate integrates different technologies into a single consistent user friendly interface.

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    4:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Supporting language development with AAC users
    In this lecture, you will learn how to support language development of students using AAC systems:

    • Discover fun ways to promote vocabulary growth

    • Stimulate students to speak and write longer sentence

    • Provide case examples

    5:00 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.
    5:15 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
    Planning early for AAC with ALS
    John Costello is a Speech-Language Pathologist at Boston Children’s Hospital where he has specialized in augmentative communication for 33 years. In addition to providing outpatient pediatric augmentative communication assessment and intervention services, John founded the first of its kind pediatric intensive care/acute care unit augmentative communication program as well as a dedicated AAC program for people with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. All of these programs are at Boston Children’s Hospital.

    John has authored or co-authored articles and chapters related to AAC assessment and AAC in the hospital setting, teaches several AAC graduate courses at Boston University and has lectured nationally and internationally on many topics in AAC.

    In this lecture, you will learn:

    • The benefits of providing proactive AAC intervention for people with ALS

    • The concept of Message banking to preserve authentic voice for all persons facing loss of speech

    • The ability to ‘double dip’ and create synthetic voice from banked messages (currently limited language options).
    6:00 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.
    Swiss Model
    Fiore Capone is the founder and managing director of Active Communication, a company which provides assistive technology for persons with disabilities in Switzerland.

    Fiore has created a Europe-wide network supplying AT professionals, and a Swiss platform called Swiss Handicap for AT professionals and persons with disabilities.

    In this lecture, you will learn:

    • How the Swiss model evolved over the years from being product (sales)

    • Why and how service is being funded in Switzerland

    • Why a device is worth less without the help of the AT professional

    • How to tailor the service to the needs of the user

    • Case studies of different persons with disabilities being supported by Active Communication.
    6:15 p.m. - 6:45 p.m.
    AT as a New Quality in Rehabilitation of Traumatic Brain Injury, Strokes, Dementia and other Neurodegenerative Diseases
    Kasia has spent last 13 years in a field of assistive technology and AAC. As a SEN teacher and SLP, she was witnessing striking development speed of technology and relatively slower implementation of AT solutions at kindergardens, schools, hospitalas, hospices and rehabilitation centers, with high hopes for seeing the revolution that takes place now. Today, as a founder of Atabi, she is happy to teach about AT over 400 people yearly in Poland and support individuals with complex communication needs by assessing newest technology solutions suitable for them.

    In this lecture, you will learn:

    • Reasons why and tricks how to advocate for AT to be used by different specialists as a way to support cognitive functioning of children and adults after TBI

    • 5 ways of adjusting existing AT solutions to neurorehabilitation segment

    • Case Studies:

    - Lady Margaret in a world of AT - 90 year old ALS Patient in her way to conquer new technology

    - Lady Elizabeth and her recipes for life – 68 year old stroke Patient using communication software

    - Andrew, a boy who loves board games – 12 year old child after severe TBI restoring his passion for games thanks to AT

    • What to do when we encounter resistance regarding AT
    6:45 p.m. - 6:55 p.m.
    Video Story: AT and Workplace adaptation
    AT and Workplace adaptation... (coming soon)
    6:55 p.m. - 7:05 p.m.
    Video Story: The usage of assistive technology at the Primary School Pećine, Rijeka
    Javorka Milković is a special education teacher who has been working a number of years at the Department for Children with Visual Impairments in the Primary School Pećine Rijeka. She provides rehabilitation methods for students with visual impairments and takes a strategic overview of all forms of support designed to ensure pupils with special educational needs achieve success like offering practical support and advice to class teachers and learning support assistants.

    This video story will give you basic information on the usage of assistive technology in the rehabilitation work at the Department and the First Library for Children with Visual Impairments, as well as in the inclusive classrooms with students with multiple disabilities.

    The following will be shown:

    • ways in which Clevy keyboard, ABC Maestro software, a voice synthesizer for PC, Interactive Wall, an electronic magnifier and ZY Fuse Heater for making tactile images are being used at the Department for Children with Visual Impairments and in the inclusive classrooms at the Primary School Pećine, Rijeka,

    • how did the usage of the mentioned technology improve the rehabilitation and school education of students with visual impairments and what do users themselves think about assistive technology,

    • how to use available assistive technology in accordance with different disabilities and various disability degrees and how to make worksheets and other tasks appropriate for students in inclusive classrooms,

    • what is needed to be done so assistive technology would become an everyday part of the work being done in the inclusive classrooms.
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    7:05 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.
    Video Story: Glavić Polyclinics
    Video Story...(coming soon)
  • Friday, October 19
    Sensory Stimulation, Autism and Early Intervention
    8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
    9:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
    Sensory Stimulation and Integration in Multi Sensory Environments
    Dr. Lesley Collier is a practicing occupational therapist and academic with an interest in how our sensory environment affects our ability to engage in everyday activities. Her research and clinical work includes establishing evidence based approaches for therapists, carers and families that can be used both in clinical situations as well as at home. This lecture will focus on research and evidence in using sensory approaches with adults and children with disabilities.

    In this lecture you will learn:

    • 5 ways of implementing a sensory approaches in everyday environments

    • Why adults and children with disabilities find this approach helpful

    • How to assess sensory need in adults and children with disabilities

    • What sensory approach to use based on your sensory assessment

    10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
    Coffee Break
    11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Autism and AAC: Controlling Behavior Issues
    Jennifer Abramson is a Speech-Language Pathologist at Boston Children’s Hospital, where she works in the Autism Language and Augmentative Communication Programs. There, she evaluates learners with autism who have moderate-profound communication impairments. She also provides therapy and is a source of support to her patients’ families and teams. Jennifer is a co-author of the book Enhancing Communication in Individuals with Autism: A Guide to the Visual Immersion System and is an Adjunct Instructor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the MGH Institute of Health Professions in Boston, MA.

    In this lecture, you will learn:

    • The benefits and principles of using visual supports with learners with autism

    • How to shape both aggressive behaviors and disruptive behaviors using visual supports

    • How a range of behavioral supports can be helpful to have in your toolbox, as various behaviors can benefit from alternative approaches. Both simple and commonly used tools (e.g., first/then displays, countdown boards, token boards) as well as more unique approaches that provide enhanced explanations of task and behavioral expectations will be addressed

    • Which tools and tricks may be helpful in addressing various behaviors demonstrated by learners with autism
    12:00 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.
    How to teach Children with Autism using Technology
    This session will share some of the many ways that technology is being used successfully to teach young people with Autism.

    We’ll explore:

    • Why use technology?

    • What works and where are the challenges?

    • Technology to support communication.

    • Technology to support social skills.

    • Technology to support learning.

    • Free and low-cost teaching resources and where to find them.

    12:45 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.
    SoundBeam...(coming soon)
    2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    Poster presentation
    4:00 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
    Demo:MagicFlute and GroovTube
    Ruud van der Wel is a respiratory therapist. He works with severely disabled children, most of whom suffer from a progressive muscular disease. In the year 2000 he started to use electronic wind instruments in his therapy sessions and in 2005 he launched the website www.mybreathmymusic.com.

    Not long after that he co-developed a new musical instrument: the Magic Flute. In November 2008 he founded the 'My Breath My Music' foundation. This foundation aims to give people with severe physical disabilities the opportunity to play music, using either adapted electronic instruments or electronic instruments we have developed ourselves. Child support is an important element of this now well-known organisation. Through the years Ruud kept on developing new technology for children. In 2012 he started to think about developing breathing exercise hardware in conjunction with breath-controlled apps. In 2015 the first GroovTubes found their way to its users.

    In this lecture Ruud will present:

    • How to make (Respiratory) therapy more effective through serious gaming (GroovTube)

    • How to make (Respiratory) therapy more effective through electronic musical instruments (Magic Flute)

    • Some thoughts on Assistive Music Technology

    • My Breath My Music foundation “big giveaway action”: free music software for all ATAAC visitors

    • Real air guitar: How to strum a guitar with breath.

    4:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    ATAAC Awards - for the best AT products
    The final decision will be made by votes of the professional comitee and the participants.

    The winners will be announced on the last day of the conference and promoted on the ATAAC website, and social media channels.

    4:30 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
    AT Funding Overview
    About... (coming soon)
    4:45 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
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    5:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
    Early Intervention: Challenges and Perspective
    (Ivšac Pavliša, J., Šimanović, M., Popčević, K., Tomić, A.)

    This team represents a multidisciplinary synthesis of professionals from higher education (Faculty of Education and Rehabilitation Sciences) as well as nongovernmental sector (Croatian Association on Early Childhood Intervention). For years they’ve been trying to fill the gaps in the field of early assessment and support for children with disabilities and their families all around Croatia.

    In this lecture, you will learn:

    • Key principles of early intervention often neglected when providing support to small children with risk of developmental disabilities

    • Why it is important to include both the child and the family in the early support system

    • Examples how to connect different systems (f.e. health, social welfare, education) which are usually disconnected and contribute to chaos in a life of a family seeking for support

    • How important it is to provide, support and disseminate knowledge about evidence-based practice
    5:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
    Rights of Parents of Children with Disabilites
    Ana Alapić is a single parent who is attending to the care of her nine-year-old son Mate, a boy that is breading with the help of the mechanical ventilation. Ana Alapić is also the president of the ‘’Kolibrići’’ Association.

    For the last 7 years, she has been volunteering with the cause of improving the rights of children dependent on life support and their parents.

    In this lecture you will learn about:

    • basic rights of parents of children with disabilities,

    • to whom to address in order to fulfill these rights,

    • what to do in the case of the rights denial,

    • the importance of participating in the work of associations with the cause of providing more rights for children with disabilities, their families, and persons with disabilities.

    6:00 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.

    6:15 p.m. - 6:45 p.m.
    Panel Discussion: Parents of Children with Disabilites
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    6:45 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
    Video Story: Little Prince Association
    The Association ''Little Prince'' from Ivanić-Grad, Croatia has been taking care of children and persons with disabilities for over 11 years now. They have been doing that through various workshops, creative work, therapeutical activities, public sensibilization and education. The ''Little Prince'' Association does different projects for children's rights, classroom assistants and social inclusion of persons with disabilities. One of the ways they tried providing equal social inclusion of children and persons with disabilities was communication availability, the most important factor in creating the sense of belonging and relationships with others.

    Our success story about the use of communication aids started 3 years ago with the initiative of our current Association president Dubravko Pavković whose son is a child with disabilities and also had the chance to try out and use a communication aid for the first time. After acknowledging all the positive sides of assistive technology and its' possibilities for improving the quality of everyday life, an initiative to provide access to communication aids to all the members was started. The initiative was a success thanks to the joint cooperation and the financial support from the Association ''RTL Helps Children''.

    Video lecture summary:

    • ''First steps-first words'': an introduction to assistive technology

    • How to use communication aids in therapeutical activities?

    • Fun activities with Tobii – how big is the value of speech tablet for AAC in the quality of persons' free time?

    • 3 biggest challenges in the early phases of using a communication aid

    7:00 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.
    Conference closing


Each day of the conference different 60-minute workshops will take place. Each day, you will be able to attend the one of your choice from a dozen of workshops taking place at the same time. Number of participants for each workshop is limited. Reservation of desired workshops is possible only after buying a conference ticket.

DAY 1: Nadine Farris (Inclusive): ChooseIt! Maker - Create personalised and accessible choice making activities for students with a range of needs.

• Create a range of activities, quickly and easily using this online resource.

• Explore 30,000+ symbols, progression and achievement recording and a variety of access options.

• Turn photographs, symbols, text and sounds into cause and effect activities, question and answer activities, games, quizzes and more…

• Share activities and access them offline using our FREE Apps!

DAY 1: Guruprasad Mahdale Jadav i Lidija Ilicic (E-Glas): ABC Maestro - Learn to write and read and have fun!

DAY 1: Dave Gilbert (Pretorian): Computer access for people with disabilities

DAY 2: Robert Kohls (Rehadapt): Mounting & positioning of communication aids

How to mount different kind of communication devices in the best way. From simple switches to complex AAC Devices. Closing the gap from using devices a few minutes to everywhere and anytime.

DAY 2: Dušan Bursac (AT-Tech): Interactive whiteboard in education

DAY 2: Brian Dillon (HouseMate): Smart home solutions

DAY 3: Magnus Sundelin (Tobii Dynavox): Snap + Core First

Participants will learn how to get started using Snap + Core First on their communication journey.

DAY 3: HIPER early education software
DAY 3: David Hofer (Lifetool): How to start with the iPad in the field of AAC

• First experience in working with a switch/a touchscreen

• Training of attention and anticipation

• Training of cause and effect which you can use for

• Early intervention

• visual Training

• Children with physical impairments

• Children with learning disabilities

EVERY DAY: Meet Assistive Technology - Booth Guided Tour

Visitors who are not at the closed-type workshops will be divided into the groups of 5-7 people. The groups will be guided by a trained volunteer to each exhibitor booth in the hall.


ATAAC Dedicated Playground is a room at the end of the exhibition hall that utilizes both, the exhibition of products and practical use of products in everyday education and play.

The Playground is managed by the expert therapist as a supervisor and a team of volunteers (students aiming to become therapists) who will show visitors specific games and activities that are both new, and practical for therapists, parents and end users of assistive technology.

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The ATAAC conference will host poster presentations of therapists using assistive technology (AT) in their work and/or working in the field of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC).

The ATAAC conference is an excellent opportunity to present your organisation and to connect with others in developing AAC methods. You are most welcome to present your work and your organisation!

Poster presentations held on the last year's conference resulted in many contacts and cooperation between different organisations.

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All the attendees are welcome to visit the exhibition area to see and try different aids for persons with disabilities, ranging from computer access assistive technologies to augmentative and alternative communication.

Leading world manufacturers of assistive technology solutions from England, Sweden, USA, Germany, Austria, The Netherlands, Finland, and Croatia shall present their products in the showroom.

The attendees are welcome to see the presentations of different communication aids, eyegaze control equipment, educational toys, various switches, alternative computer access equipment, therapy aids, educational software, environmental control devices, etc.



    Attendance at one conference day of your choice.
    1 DAY
    Attendance at all (3) conference days.

    3 DAYS
    Watch the whole conference online.

    Recordings available - Oct 17 - 28, 2018.


Watch the ATAAC 2017 Highlights!

See you at the ATAAC 2018!

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