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 with nonverbal and limited communicators,  Barbara Tresness has been invited to be a guest speaker at one of the country’s premier conferences on special needs children on April 17-18.  The “Accessibility Summit,” held annually in the Washington, DC area, draws experts, educators and other attendees from community, medical and faith-based organizations nationwide.

“I’m honored to be joining Chairman of Special Olympics Tim Shriver and other leading advocates for special needs children at the conference,” said Tresness, who is the mother of a nonverbal child.  “This will be an exciting platform for me to introduce The CHAT Collective to a broad audience of care providers who are in desperate need of new communications solutions.”

The CHAT Collective, which stands for Connecting Humans through Awareness and Technique, provides tools, resources and instruction to assist in identifying nonverbal and limited communicators; in facilitating communication with them; and in engaging them in social and educational activities.  The CHAT Collective serves those who have communication challenges brought on by birth, strokes and traumatic brain or other injuries.

“Tools and techniques that foster socialization between verbal, nonverbal and limited communicators are desperately needed to build confidence, skills and relationships that will be beneficial to all participants,” said Tresness.

At the Summit, Tresness will be participating in a panel discussion, entitled “Advocacy Through Collaborative Conversation,” which will focus on helping parents to engage in positive and productive discussions on behalf of their children; and she will be introducing techniques for communicating with nonverbal and limited communicators in a workshop, entitled “Talk to Me.”

Now in its 15th year, the Accessibility Summit will feature 40 workshops and over 60 disability-related exhibitors offering a broad range of information and resources to individuals, families and caregivers, faith-based organizations, educators and other professionals impacted by disability.

About CHAT Collective

CHAT Collective, an acronym for “Connecting Humans through Awareness and Technique,” was founded in 2014 to inspire and encourage society to engage effectively with nonverbal and limited communicators through advocacy and education.   The CHAT Collective Communications Systems is comprised of innovative tools and techniques to assist in the identification, communication facilitation and socialization of those with communication challenges brought on through birth, strokes and traumatic brain or other injuries.


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