Gretchen Hanser


When you look at things, see through the eyes of the communicator!People who use AAC often have vision issues - sometimes significant ones. That means they might not be seeing what you see. Small symbols might be hard to see. Symbols close to others might be distracting. And other people may not be able to see at all. Make sure that when you set up an organization structure that you are looking at things as the communicator does. And if you're not sure how to do that, make sure you find someone who can help!

Gretchen Hanser

Director of Assistive Technology, International Academy of Hope in NYC.


Gretchen has worked in the field of assistive technology and literacy for students with significant disabilities for over 20 years.  She is an educator and an occupational therapist.  Her primary focus has been on augmentative and alternative communication and literacy for students with the most significant disabilities.  She has worked in a variety of educational settings developing model classrooms, developing school based assistive technology centers, providing teacher and related service provider trainings, participating in assistive technology assessment teams and working directly with students and staff in the classroom.  Gretchen has taught university classes and presents nationally and internationally on these subjects.  She is currently the Director of Assistive Technology at the International Academy of Hope in New York City.