Highlands, NJ - Autism is on the rise.  The CDC’s most recent study estimated that there are 110,000 individuals with autism in New Jersey.  Gateway to Language and Learning© is a developmentally-based series of core word page sets designed for nonspeaking or severely speech-impaired children and adults who communicate through the use of an augmentative and alternative communication devices (AAC).  Gateway can meet the needs of individuals with a wide range of disabilities including Autism, cerebral palsy, apraxia, Down Syndrome, and ALS.

Author Dr. Bruno created Gateway in 1997 to help a young boy named Frankie with cerebral palsy communicate and achieve academic requirements.   Gateway is comprised of single words that can be joined together to create longer messages. Over the years, Dr. Bruno has added to and changed Gateway to reflect a variety of developmental levels, types of communicators, and changes in technology.

Dr. Joan Bruno is a speech-language pathologist and the Director of Communication Technology Resources. She has over 30 years of experience in the field of AAC and has published and presented nationally and internationally on AAC assessment and intervention.  Since 1991, she has directed Camp Chatterbox, an award winning AAC camp.

Dr. Joan Bruno offers free webinars to provide an overview of the revised and updated Gateway to Language and Learning page sets for the DynaVox T10 and DynaVox Compass App.  Participants in this webinar will learn about changes to the Gateway Paradigm, new text page sets, updates to symbols and vocabulary and additions to the Theme pages.  Key features of the page set will be explained in order to help participants make informed decisions about which Gateway version best meets the needs of the targeted user. 

For more information go to http://response.dynavoxtech.com/Gateway.