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CHAT Collective® inspires and empowers society to engage effectively with nonverbal and limited communicators through advocacy and education.

Learn about tools and techniques that can help you connect with those who have challenges communicating due to disabilities, stroke, ALS, and traumatic brain or other injuries.

 

barbNot everyone communicates with his or her voice – but we all deserve to be heard! I invite you to share my journey as the mother of a nonverbal communicator and to join me in encouraging verbal, nonverbal and limited communicators everywhere to learn how to interact with one another. It starts with awareness and respect; is facilitated by the right techniques and an easy-to-use communications system; and results in effective and mutually rewarding communication.  

At CHAT Collective®, we have been busy designing and testing a number of tools to enhance communication, increase engagement and build relationships. This exciting approach is how we can improve the ability and confidence of families, teachers, healthcare providers and others to interact, socialize and communicate with nonverbal and limited communicators!

Barbara H.Tresness
Founder, CHAT Collective® 

“Barb is a visionary. Where others see struggle, she sees hope. Barb recognizes potential in everyone and through creativity and determination, she inspires others to help create a more compassionate community”

Matt Seubert, Associate Executive Director for Development, Access CNY
Tresness family receives the Grossman Family iInspirational Service Award for their work with the disabled community.

Manlius Family Receives Inspirational Service Award

Each year, the Grossman Family Innovation Award recognizes family members of people with disabilities who inspire others to give freely of...

Upledger Institute’s UpClose Newsletter Featured Graham and Barb

Upledger Institute’s UpClose Newsletter Featured Graham and Barb

Download the 2005 Newsletter the features Graham and Barb's experience with dolphin assisted therapy.

CHAT Founder, Barb Tresness, Spoke 2015 Accessbility Summit

CHAT Founder, Barb Tresness, Spoke 2015 Accessbility Summit

One week ago today, Barb Tresness was selected to be one of four panelists out of 42 presenters to speak...

New Website Offers Solutions for Engaging Nonverbal and  Limited Communicators

New Website Offers Solutions for Engaging Nonverbal and Limited Communicators

CHAT Collective Introduces Tools and Techniques for Identification, Communication Facilitation and Socialization   March 12, 2015  (Fayettville, NY)  Founded on the...

CHAT Collective’s Barbara Tresness to Speak at National “Accessibility Summit”

CHAT Collective’s Barbara Tresness to Speak at National “Accessibility Summit”

March 1, 2015 (Fayettville, NY)  The founder of The CHAT Collective, an organization dedicated to empowering society to engage effectively...

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