What do you do when it’s freezing in Utah so you want to warm up but you also want to chat with great people about AAC? You head to Florida for ATIA 2016, of course.
ATIA (Assitive Technology Industry Association) is a not-for-profit organization which serves as a voice for the assistive technology industry. They spend their time advocating for and supporting AAC, and the annual convention is no exception. The exhibit hall and sessions are a robust conglomeration of concepts, designs, and innovations.
That’s definitely something we love being a part of.
So we packed our “shut up and model with me” t-shirts, all our best CoughDrop gear, and our prettiest smiles and headed to Orlando for our second time at ATIA (Learn a little about CoughDrop's 2015 ATIA experience here.).
The ATIA conference is a great opportunity to rub shoulders with people who care about assistive technology (including AAC). It's a savvy bunch of therapists, parents and caregivers who attend, and the convention explodes with folks who are passionate about moving assistive technology forward to more fully meet the needs of those who use it.
It's great to meet so many people who share our passion for making every voice heard. There's something wonderful about hearing new ideas and being part of an extended AAC community. We revel in making connections and expanding our view. For example, the #edcampxs hosted a great discussion of things we can agree are important regarding AAC.
CoughDrop is focused on using cloud-based, team-driven AAC to strengthen communication and build relationships. That was our aim at ATIA. People had the chance to test drive CoughDrop and we got to hear their feedback about the program. Also the t-shirts were a hit. If you missed your turn to engage with CoughDrop, don't worry, you can still give it a try. Just visit mycoughdrop.com for a free two month trial.
We are grateful for every person we met at this conference. Every conversation, every question, every insight inspires our path for the future and helps us drive CoughDrop to be the very best.