AbleNet Inc, Roseville, Minn, is partnering with the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ISAAC) to offer the first AbleNet—ISAAC Remarkable Achievements Award, which will be given to an AAC professional who has achieved outstanding results by effectively using easy-tech AAC tools for individuals with communication disorders, says the company. 

The award is due to be presented at the ISAAC 14th International Conference in Barcelona, Spain, in July 2010. The winner will receive a  $2,000 stipend, he/she will be a key speaker at the ISAAC Biennial Conference, and receive $500 toward travel to the conference.

All ISAAC members or individuals applying for membership are eligible candidates for the award, says AbleNet. Applicants must submit a short essay or video in English focusing on easy-tech AAC tools used with individuals with communications disorders and describing the impact this has had on the individuals. Personal background information about the applicant, such as a short curriculum vitae, and two letters of recommendation detailing why the applicant deserves the award should be included with the essay or video. 

The closing date for applications is February 1, 2010. The application can be e-mailed to mona.zaccak@isaac-online.org or mailed to:
AbleNet – ISAAC Remarkable Achievements Award, ISSAC Secretariat, 49 The Donway West, Suite 308, Toronto, ON M3C 3M9, Canada.

ISAAC works to improve the life of adults and children with communication disorders. The organization notes that it has thousands of members in 50 countries. Members are people who use AAC, their families, therapists, teachers, physicians, researchers, and people who

AbleNet is an international company that provides educational and technical solutions to help children and adults with disabilities. This includes a line of communication aids for nonverbal individuals; access aids, such as switches and wheelchair mounting devices for people who require physical supports; and special education classroom curriculum and software.  

[Source: AbleNet]