ACES 2020 Needs Volunteers

ACES is a program for young adult users of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) located on the main campus of Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  ACES is a two-week intensive program followed by monthly meetups and ongoing social media engagement.

ACES needs volunteer peer mentors for ACES – July 25-August 7, 2020.

Apply to Volunteer for ACES 2020

Position Description – ACES Peer Mentor

General Information

  • 1 mentor needed for each 1-2 participants
  • Unpaid experience; transportation, meals, and lodging at volunteer’s expense
  • Flexible scheduling; various shifts available including morning, afternoon, evening

Requirements

  • Some academic background or experience with people with disabilities, augmentative/alternative communication (AAC), computer access, and/or related fields
  • Respectful, person-centered attitude
  • Independent learner who is able to take direction

Responsibilities

  • Attend Volunteer Orientation anticipated July 24/25, 2020 (TBD) or complete approved comparable preparation
  • Support assigned and unassigned participants during ACES on-campus with various tasks
  • Learn basic use and support for participants’ AAC systems 
  • Encourage learning and reinforce course content during activities (e.g., assist participants with activities and provide communication modeling as appropriate, etc.)
  • Assist participants with completing course assignments as needed
  • Engage with, include, and support participants in conversations, group discussions, etc. (i.e., ensure all participants’ voices are heard) 
  • Attend and participate in ACES courses or activities, under the direction of ACES staff, as assigned and appropriate 
    • Volunteers are personally responsible for the completion of all paperwork required for course credit, observation hours, and/or clinical experience, etc. 
  • Follow through on commitments in a timely manner
    • Attend all ACES activities assigned during scheduled volunteer hours.  Volunteers are required to inform ACES staff at least 24 hours in advance of any changes to the committed schedule. 
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Kim Singleton

Kim is the Director of TechOWL @ the Institute on Disabilities. In her previous life, Kim was a speech-language pathologist specializing in children and adults with complex communication needs, creatively enhancing lives with emerging technology. Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, she received her Master's Degree in Speech Pathology from Miami University. She loves to sing and play.

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