Getting Started: Funding A Speech Device with AbleNet

Available May 1, 2024 – April 30, 2029 | 30 minutes | 0.05 ASHA CEUs

Our goal is to ensure every SLP has the tools and support they need to help an individual obtain a high tech speech device using their medical insurance. Join us for a short webinar to learn how to simplify speech device funding by using resources and tools available to you to maximize your success and get speech devices into your students and clients hands as quickly as possible.

Content Disclosure: This session will focus on AbleNet’s funding process for the QuickTalker Freestyle. Other funding processes will not be discussed.

Presenter Information

Samantha Kalkowski.

Presenter: Samantha Kalkowski​, M.S. CCC-SLP

Relevant Financial Disclosure: Samantha is employed by AbleNet and receives a salary.

Relevant Non-Financial Disclosure: Samantha has no non-relevant financial disclosures.

Presenter Biography: Samantha Kalkowski received a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Services and Psychology from Missouri Baptist University in 2003. In 2010, she earned a Master of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Rockhurst University. She also holds a Professional License as a Speech-Language Pathologist and a certificate of clinical competence from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA).

Her professional career as a Speech-Language Pathologist includes experience in Schools Districts, Early Intervention, Clinics, Private Practice, and TeleTherapy.

Samantha has provided Speech and Language Therapy services to children and adolescents with Sound-System Disorders, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, Language Impairments, Fluency Disorders, Voice Disorders, Developmental Delays, Social Communication Disorders, Selective Mutism, Language Literacy Disorders, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Intellectual Disabilities, Medically Fragile and children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Her role at AbleNet is to share information regarding Assistive Technology and AAC with Speech-Language Pathologists and others to support children, adolescents, and adults.

Session Information


  • Introduction (3 minutes)
  • Challenges funding AAC devices for individuals (9 minutes)
  • Funding an AAC device through insurance (25 minutes)
  • Recap (1 minutes)

Learner Outcomes

  • Learners will be able to identify three challenges to providing AAC to clients and students.
  • Learners will be able to identify steps needed to fund a device use a student/client’s insurance.
  • Learners will be able to identify three AAC device challenges post-delivery.


  • Free


  • Speech-Language Pathologists, Assistants, Early Career Professionals

Topic Area

  • Augmentative and Alternative Communication

ASHA CEU Information

ASHA CE Approved Provider - AbleNet, Inc. Introductory Level 0.05 ASHA CEUs.

ASHA CEU Requirements: Must complete the post webinar assessment with 80% accuracy. Unlimited attempts are allowed. Partial credit is not available.

ableU Policies

Accessibility: Please email [email protected] if you require any additional accessibility support. We will be happy to work with you!

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Refund: Refunds are not available for free sessions.