Dr. Kathy Howery
This presentation will explore the many demands that Speech Generating Devices make of the people with speech impairment that seek to use them to share their voices audibly in the world. The overarching question explored is what does the device demand? What are the cognitive, technological, and physical demands that must be met by the user to express themselves through audible voice? How are these demands experienced in the day to day lives of people who use SGDs? Also brought to light are other demands, demands that are perhaps more subtle and more societal but demands that nonetheless will be shown to shape if, when, and how devices are used. Exploration of Ableism and it’s role in the Demands of the Device will be explored.
Dr Kathy Howery received her PhD in Special Education from the University of Alberta in 2017. She is currently an educational consultant and a sessional lecturer at several Universities in Alberta. Her doctoral research drew upon hermeneutic phenomenology to seek to understand what is it like for young people with complex communication needs (CCN) to speak with speech generating devices.
Kathy has presented at scores of educational conferences at both the national and international level including the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ISAAC) Conference, the Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA) Conference, and the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Conference. Kathy has also presented her research in the area of CCN, and in the area of Universal Design for Learning (UDL), at numerous conferences in Alberta, British Columbia, and Quebec.