Closing the Gap Presentations

Posted on 2017-10-11 12:30:56 by Admin under News

Don't miss these presentations at Closing the Gap!

Let’s “Chat” About Literacy in the Classroom

Using AAC devices, Chat Editor and a smart board, we successfully implemented literacy in the elementary school classroom to teach students who are nonverbal and who have learning disabilities. Using 20 selected targeted words (core words and high frequency Dolch sight words), the entire team collaborated to improve both reading and communication skills. Using best practices of modeling and focused literacy intervention, students made measurable growth. By immersing the students in predictable text and building a personal library of books, they gained ownership of their learning. Books were also sent home to help families learn the AAC device, as well as to provide a concrete opportunity for generalization.

Date and Time:

  • October 19, 2017
  • 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm


  • Maureen Castillo
  • Sarah Fischer 


Bilingual WordPower: WP60 Basic and WP60 Espanol Basic

This presentation will provide an in-depth overview of the new WordPower60 Espanol Basico vocabulary for the TouchChat app, and the corresponding NOVA chat/Chat Fusion devices. WP60 Espanol Basico was developed to correlate with the English WP60 Basic vocabulary. Device Profiles allow one to navigate easily between the two systems for bilingual AAC users. Manual communication board supports are included, as well as pages to support children’s books to enhance development of literacy and use of core language.

Date and Time:

  • October 18, 2017
  • 11:00 am – 12:00 pm


  • Nancy Inman
  • Pamela Corley



First Annual AAC Town Hall (For Adults Who Use AAC)





Do You Use AAC? You’re Invited to Join Us!

At the First Annual AAC Town Hall Meeting at Closing the Gap 2017, we will discuss What Brings Us Together? Everybody is welcome to attend, but only those who use AAC can speak. If you communicate using AAC, come share your thoughts!

Please RSVP to by September 22nd!*
There is no cost for people who use AAC and one assistant to attend the Town Hall meeting


Facilitators will ask one question at a time and everybody will have a turn to answer. These are the questions that the facilitators will ask. Please prepare your answers in advance so you are ready to share and make connections with other participants:

1. What is your name?      2. Where are you from?      3. How are we the same?

4. How are we different?      5. What makes you strong?      6. If you could do anything, what would you do?

Facilitators, Tom Reed and Eh Nay Moo pictured above.


*Email Deanna to RSVP if you plan to attend/participate in the Town Hall. Also let her know  if you will have an assistant, which parts of the conference you wish to attend and if you have any equipment or technology needs related to your AAC system.

Closing the Gap is offering participants in this presentation (individuals who use AAC and one assistant), free admission Wednesday, October 18. Those interested in full conference participation, may attend the full 3-day conference (Oct. 18-20), for the reduced rate of $200 (one assistant receives a guest pass). 
AAC users interested in participation, must contact Deanna on or before September 22. Closing The Gap will follow up directly with participants after September 22 with conference specifics and registration options.


Date and Time:

  • October 18, 2017
  • 12:30 pm – 3:00 pm


  • Deanna Morrow
  • Jolene Hyppa Martin

New Device Financing Option Available

Posted on 2017-09-08 11:55:27 by Admin under News

PRC & Saltillo are now registered providers with CareCredit!

  • CareCredit is a medically based credit card for office visits, dental work, DME, etc.
  • Client Advocates can apply for credit at
  • The applicant can apply for any dollar amount, less than, equal to or more than is required to pay for the DME order. The card can be used for other medical expenses as long as the provider is a registered CareCredit provider.
  • Once the applicant is approved and has obtained their credit card number, they should contact Jan Hughes at 800-262-1984, ext.1216. She will provide instructions on how to process the claim.
  • The Funding Department will ensure all required funding paperwork is complete and once the order is ready to be placed, will confirm the order with the client advocate.

After the order is confirmed, the advocate will go to and select Pay My Provider

  • Select Prentke Romich Company as the provider
  • Enter the ID# (provided by Jan Hughes)
  • Enter the dollar amount and the current date
  • Select payment option

    -  6 or 12 Months Interest Free  (1– If payments are timely)
    -  24 Months with Interest  (2)

Once these steps are complete, PRC receives notification from CareCredit that payment has been made and the order is released for shipment.


1–Based on current promotional rate
2–Interest rate varies based on amount financed

2.9.0 software released with new texting feature

Posted on 2017-08-22 11:48:30 by Admin under News

Texting has been added to Chat Software version 2.9.0. You can use your NOVA chat™ device or Chat Fusion™ device to send and receive text messages. Compose text messages the same way you enter any other message in the speech display bar.  

Important! To use texting on your device, you must also have an Android™ phone with a texting plan available. 

See the following link for instructions on setting up a system with texting,

An Intermediate Scan Vocabulary file has also been added.

To download the Chat 2.9.0 Software Update, go to Menu>Help>Check for Updates on your device to initiate an automatic update or go to Downloads from this website, choose your language and download the appropriate Chat Software Update to manually copy to your device. 

Minnesota Town Hall Meeting at Closing the Gap 2017

Posted on 2017-08-11 13:39:08 by Admin under News

If you are wondering how to go about participating in the Minnesota Town Hall Meeting at Closing the Gap this October, wonder no more!

How to Participate in the Minnesota AAC Town Hall Meeting
Closing the Gap 2017

Where: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Bloomington, Minnesota
When: Wednesday, October 18th from 12:30-3:00PM

There is no cost for people who use AAC and one assistant to attend the Town Hall meeting.
Closing the Gap has generously offered free admission to all Wednesday sessions and the
exhibit hall! Also, you may attend the full conference for the reduced rate of $200 (one
assistant receives a guest pass). Please RSVP to by Friday,
September 22 if you plan to attend the Town Hall and let Deanna know if you will have an
assistant and which parts of the conference you wish to attend. Also let Deanna know if you
have any equipment or technology needs related to your AAC system.

The topic for the Town Hall meeting is “What Brings Us Together?”

The following questions will be used to guide the discussion. The facilitators will introduce each
question one at a time and give everyone the opportunity to share their thoughts:

1. Tell us your name and where you are from.
2. How are you similar to others who use AAC?
3. What makes you unique?
4. If you could do anything, what would you do?

- Consider ahead of time what you want to say during the meeting.
- Get some things ready to say before you come or while you are waiting.
- Have a note about how you communicate if you will need assistance.
- Take note of where the people with the microphones are in the room.
- The person with the microphone will tell you when it is your turn.
- If you have a device, indicate where the speaker is and turn up your volume.
- If you need help, ask a volunteer.
- If you have an assistant, they are welcome to attend the meeting with you.

Credit for the theme and ideas of the 2017 Minnesota AAC Town Hall Meeting
goes to the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ISAAC).


- This meeting is accessible for people with communication disabilities.