IGNITE Collective, Inc.

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Email: hello@ignitefutures.org

Phone: 310-853-0794

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Communication Support

We are proud to provide communication support to people who have little, no, and/or unreliable speech. Our leadership and staff are trained in best practices as outlined by the Institute on Communication and Inclusion, and adhere to the Communication Bill of Rights as developed by the National Joint Committee for the Communication Needs of Persons with Severe Disabilities.​

This program is overseen by Communication Trainers Molly K. Rearick, EdD, CESP and Kristian Constantino. Molly has participated in numerous communication trainings and has provided communication support to multiple clients since 2014. She conducts qualitative and mixed methods research with colleagues on alternative means of communication, and presents at statewide and national conferences on these methods. Kristian holds a certificate in Assistive Technology at California State University, Northridge and supports multiple clients who type to communicate.​​

Communication Partner

  • Participation in at least one informational conference*

  • Participation in at least two hands-on trainings*

  • Participation in ongoing in-service trainings

  • Supervision once per week from Mentor and/or Trainer, in person or via video conference

  • Successful support of at least one typist and/or letterboard user

    • Ensuring eye scanning of keyboard and/or letterboard

    • Providing the least support necessary

    • Fading support as appropriate

    • Independent, reliable use of yes/no and multiple-choice questions

    • Working toward message passing

    • Encouraging typing and/or letterboard use with additional partners

 

Communication Mentor

All of the above, plus:

  • Participation in at least one informational conference* per year

  • Participation in at least one hands-on training* per year

  • Successful support of at least two typists (see above)

  • Supervision of at least one communication partner

 

Communication Trainer

All of the above, plus:

  • Presentation at one or more conference* or training* per year

  • Successful support of more than two typists (see above)

  • Supervision of at least one mentor