Speaking is my mission
Since my youth, I have given lectures on my very personal experiences with AAC.
The following list provides insight into my repertoire of speeches and workshops.
My Offer in German
My development and AAC
I talk about my personal AAC development. In kindergarden, I used Bliss symbols. As soon as I was able to write, I started using my letter box with specific head movements. Since the age of ten, I have also used different technical aids. This lecture is made more dynamic by including moments of audience participation.
Speech & Personal Experience
AAC – what is it?
There are people whom, due to naturally or acquired disabilities, possess very little or no ability to communicate via spoken language. As such, they are unable to communicate their desires and needs and cannot participate in conversations with their fellow human beings.
This results in their being restricted in every area of daily life. AAC represents a field of remedial and special education. It tries to offer this group of people an alternative to spoken language through diverse methods and techniques which will allow them to participate.
This seminar offers a practical overview of particular AAC methods and techniques.
What is AAC? Children also want to know!
Children are especially insecure on how to deal with the topic of disability. It is very important to me that children (grades 1-6) have a conscious look at this topic, which is why I offer a special lecture for children. During this lecture, children playfully learn how disability affects everyday life. In addition, they also learn my secret language.
Speech & Personal Experience
My School Career
This lecture is about my school career. I experienced the whole range of the education system in Germany: I started at a special school, then by grade 7 I was taught at an integrative comprehensive school and afterwards at a high school. I compare the advantages and disadvantages of special, or rather, inclusive schooling.
AAC – My Stepping Stone to self-Determination
In a rather humorous way, I share episodes from my everyday life. It is quickly demonstrated that AAC has played a key role in my life. Without AAC, I would have ended up in a ball pit. Thanks to AAC, I work at the university.
Life with Assistance – Dependent Independence
Besides AAC, my autonomy and participation in every area of life depends upon a very good incorporated team of assistants. This applies to both independent living as well as the areas of work and leisure. This speech gives an idea of how my assistance-structure developed over the last years and how I grew into my role as an employer, as well as what my everyday life currently looks like. I emphasize how having personal assistance has opened many doors of opportunity for me, and I describe the challenges and duties which accompany the independent organisation of assistance.
How I Learned to read and write. My Literacy Story.
This lecture discusses my path to written language. Starting from my mother reading to me, to the haptic understanding of letters, and finally writing independently on a computer.
My Offer in English
Alternative and Augmentative Communication: How tech allowed me to study instead of ending up in a ball pit
Strangers might call me “severely disabled” or “considerably restricted in all areas of life“. Friends and colleagues describe me as being a lively chatterbox or an ambitious workaholic. I describe myself as an educational scientist, a master’s student, a research associate at the University of Cologne, a speaker on alternative and augmentative communication, a supervisor of seven assistants and finally, a woman who communicates exclusively through her eyes. Ever since my teenage years, it was crystal clear to me that my calling lies in alternative and augmentative communication. I want to fuse my own experience with expertise to raise public awareness about alternative communication and thereby empower others.