Carol Schaeffler
Augmentative Communication Specialist


Who is Carol Schaeffler?

Carol Schaeffler has been working in the areas of augmentative communication and assistive technology for 35 years as a clinician, educator, advocate and administrator.


Ms. Schaeffler has provided evaluations and treatment for hundreds of individuals requiring assistive technologies. She has successfully worked with children and adults with a wide range of acquired and congenital disabilities. 

Ms. Schaeffler has been an educator and trainer for many years.  She has been on the faculty of the Brooklyn College Graduate Department of Speech - Language Pathology and Audiology for 18 years, teaching the courses, Augmentative Communication, Assistive Technology and Cerebral Palsy.  She has done hundreds of trainings for staff, families and administrators as well as presenting at numerous conferences.  


Ms. Schaeffler has extensive experience in attaining funds for the personal ownership of augmentative communication devices.  She has successfully obtained funding through Medicaid, Medicaid Waiver, VESID, the Board of Education, Early Intervention and Insurance Companies.


Ms. Schaeffler has been instrumental in developing public policy and evaluation standards. As chairperson of the New York State Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s  Augmentative Communication Task Force, Ms. Schaeffler was one of the primary contributors to the New York State Medicaid Guidelines and Evaluation Protocol for Augmentative Communication.  She developed the original Augmentative Communication Evaluation Protocol for the New York City Board of Education.


Ms. Schaeffler has established a number of programs during her career. She was the Chief of Services for the Premier HealthCare Center for Assistive Technology at Brooklyn College for 13 years. She was the Director of Educational Technology at United Cerebral Palsy of New York City for 14 years.  During that time she developed the TECH School Project (a classroom based program for children requiring assistive technologies). In her role as Assistive Technology Evaluation Coordinator, Ms. Schaeffler set up and trained the original assistive technology teams for the New York City Board of Education.  Besides developing and administering these programs, Ms. Schaeffler provided supervision and training for her multi-disciplinary teams.


As a consultant, Ms. Schaeffler has assisted agencies in determining their assistive technology needs and implementing effective programs. She has provided consultation and evaluation services to numerous Early Intervention, Pre-School and School-Age Programs.


Ms. Schaeffler has been deeply committed to the field of Assistive Technology.  She is uniquely qualified to help programs and individuals implement the use of assistive technologies.

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