Become an Ambassador

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
Mom, Best Selling Author, Craniosacral Therapist And Founder Of The Graham Fund Shares A Documentary Of Hope And Healing

Mom, Best Selling Author, Craniosacral Therapist And Founder Of The Graham Fund Shares A Documentary Of Hope And Healing

SYRACUSE, N.Y., April 4, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — The Graham Fund, A Story of Hope and Healing (DVD documentary) shares the...

Paying It Forward

Take yourself back to 2000, it was a time when landlines were still a requirement, Facebook didn’t exist, and the...

INSPIRE: Barbara Huntress Tresness in Syracuse Woman Magazine

CHATting Together  By Lorna Oppedisano | Photography by Gerard H. Gaskin Barbara Huntress Tresness lived a storybook life. She didn’t...

Cover of "Beyond a Charmed Life: A Mother's Unconditional Life

Boston Globe reviews “Beyond a Charmed Life”

Beyond a Charmed Life, A Mother’s Unconditional Love is an inspirational memoir about a mother’s love for her special needs son...

Three Little Words

Barb Tresness is making it her mission to spread the word of her son, Graham, to help other nonverbal communicators...

I Became a Mom of a Special Needs Child

It’s March and it’s almost time to launch my new company:  CHAT Collective.  I’ve traveled to NYC and Washington DC...

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