The Ventura County AAC Family Group is led by Linda Kroenke who is the Parent Liaison for A Voice Discovered and a parent of a child who uses AAC. The Parent group will provide social meet-ups for parents, caregivers and support staff, informational meetings and workshops, and social meet-ups for people who use AAC and their families/caregivers as well as people interested in learning more about AAC. Please like us on Facebook for updates about future events. If you would like to be added to the AAC Family Group list please email Linda at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also join our Facebook Group "AAC Parent/Caregiver Support Group of Ventura County".
The Family/Caregiver Support Group hosts a holiday party each December with opportunities to make a craft, compose a letter to Santa and talk to Santa himself! Everyone had a fantastic time and were able to meet with Santa when they were ready to tell him what they wanted for Christmas as well as snap a quick picture!
AAC Family/Caregiver Breakfast Playdate
We had a great turn out for our first Family/Caregiver Breakfast Playdate. The parents and kids had a fantastic time spending time together and learning about each other's communication systems while having a delicious breakfast and watching the planes take-off and land. The WayPoint Cafe was wonderful and very accommodating as well for such a large group! We look forward to more of these events in the future!
AAC Family Swim Night
Our first family swim night at Daland Swim School in Thousand Oaks was a great success! We had a few regulars attend as well as a new family interested in learning more about AAC. Floating low-tech communication boards were provided which were a great communication tool as well as a great way to raise awareness about AAC!
Art Trek in Newbury Park
The Art Trek event was so much fun! Everyone had a great time and was able to tap into their creative side! The AVD AAC Parent Group looks forward to future events at Art Trek. Thank you so much to Art Trek of Newbury Park for a wonderful time!
AAC Information Workshops
A Voice Discovered provides 2-4 free workshops each year on various topics related to AAC. Past topic have included Intro to AAC, AAC Assessment, AAC and the IEP, AAC and your Rights, and Practical Strategies: Implementing AAC at home and in the community. If you have an idea for an AAC related topic please email email@example.com
Thank you to all who came to our September 23rd Coffee Meet-up! We had a couple of new attendees and one lucky parent one a ticket to our October 8th Casino Night! Like us on Facebook or email Linda to get information about upcoming AAC Family Group Coffee Meet-ups. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Water Play in the Park
The second social event this year was held at a park in Camarillo. Fun water toys were brought for the families to play with which was a good thing since it was HOT that day. Families also brought picnic lunches to enjoy in the shade. Families with kids who used AAC attended as well as families interested in learning more about AAC attended. It was a small event but everyone had a great time!
Easter Egg Hunt
The Ventura County AAC Family Group is led by Linda Kroenke the Parent Liaison for A Voice Discovered. The first Social Event of the year was an Easter Egg Hunt at the home of a local family on March 26th. It was a lot of fun with an egg hunt, egg dying using whipped cream (yum!) and lots of delicious snacks provided by a local family!