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It's great to see here! 

I am excited to share my most recent project, The P.A.S.S. Approach. This 4-step guide is designed to help everyone effectively and respectfully talk with those who use communication devices to speak. This project was featured in Serving Patrons with Disabilities through the American Library Association and the June 2023 edition of American Libraries Magazine.

 

The idea was sparked by my daughter Grace who has autism and finds it difficult to communicate. She relies on an Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) device to voice her needs.

 

More than 4 million people in the US use AAC devices, so I created The P.A.S.S. Approach to enhance communication between those use AAC and those who do not because everyone deserves to be heard.

About Me

I am wild about books! I've worked as a writer, librarian, and acquisitions editor for a small publishing company. That means I have been part of the entire book making process from writing to publication, to sitting on the library shelf! 

I am also the mom to a beautiful daughter with autism. Grace is nonverbal and uses an ipad with a communication app to voice her needs. She inspired me to create the P.A.S.S. Approach, a 4-step guide to help others understand how to communicate with anyone who uses a device to speak. I have shared my approach with librarians across the US.

I LOVE to read and no matter how old I get my favorite book will always be Charlotte's Web, although Miss Nelson is Missing is a close second.

I live on ranch in Texas with my husband where we raise a mess of kids, cows, horses, donkeys, goats, sheep, and a cacophony of roosters, chickens, and ducks. All in all, I am living the life I love surrounded by books, kids, and furry animals. 

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