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VSHA Annual Conference - Day 1

  • The Essex Resort & Spa (map)

Come join us at our annual conference for 2018. You can register for the conference here. Feel free to review the full agenda for both days of the conference or see details for day 2.


Dr. Katrina Fulcher-Rood, CCC-SLP

1:00pm - 5:00pm: Integrating mobile technology into your AAC toolkit: Strategies for assessment, physical access, and functional communication


Dr. Katrina Fulcher-Rood, CCC-SLP is an assistant professor at SUNY Buffalo State. She currently teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in augmentative and alternative communication, assessment, language development, and speech-pathology practices in school-based settings. Dr. Fulcher-Rood's research interests include: examination of naturalistic communication of individuals with complex communication needs, development of technology for individuals with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis that is usable in daily conversations, investigation of clinical decision making in speech-language pathology, and creation of feasible research-based recommendations for use in daily clinical practice. Dr. Fulcher-Rood is currently a principal investigator for two internal college grants which examine diagnostic reporting in speech-language pathology, and assessment practices for English as a Second Language learners. In addition, she is a co-principal investigator for a National Institutes of Health Grant researching evidence-based assessments for Spanish-speaking children.

Click here for Katrina's course description, agenda and learner outcomes.

Melissa Clark, CCC-A: Roundtable Discussion

1:00pm - 2:00pm: Reauthorization Act of 2017 and Accessing Communication through Audibility


Melissa Clark is a new member of Nine East Network's Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program. Melissa received her Bachelor of Science degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology from Kent State University in 2010, and she received her Doctor of Audiology degree from Syracuse University in 2015. Melissa holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology from ASHA (American Speech Language-Hearing Association), and she is a member of the Educational Audiology Association.

Click here for Melissa's Roundtable Discussion agenda and learner outcome.

Ellen Frederick, Ph.D - Otometrics

2:00pm - 4:15pm: Fitting Best Practices


Click here for Ellen's course description, agenda and learner outcome.

Linda Hazard, Ed.D, CCC-A

4:15pm - 5:00pm: Medicaid Updates


Dr. Linda Hazard, is the program director for the Vermont Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (VTEHDI) Program. She earned her audiology degree from Boston University and a doctorate in Leadership and Social Policy from the University of Vermont. Dr. Hazard is also a consultant for the National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management (NCHAM) where she serves as the Region 1 Network Coordinator and mentors 7 states in quality improvement initiatives. Dr. Hazard was the President of the Directors of Speech and Hearing Programs in State Health and Welfare Agencies (DSHPSHWA) in 2016 and 2017. She serves on the American Speech Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) National Medicaid Committee, is one of the ACI Alliance State Champions for Vermont and serves as the Chair for the Vermont Deaf, Hard of Hearing and DeafBlind Advisory Council. In February of 2017 Dr. Hazard received the prestigious Antonia Brancia Maxon Award for EHDI Excellence and published a chapter on qualitative research for the EHDI I Book.

Click here for Linda's Medicaid Presentation agenda and learner outcome.

Later Event: October 18
VSHA Networking Social