Student and Teacher

Augmentative Communication

Contact Information

High Desert Education Service District
Bend Education Center
520 NW Wall St.
Bend, OR 97701
Phone: 541-693-5700
Toll Free: 1-866-910-2833
Fax: 541-693-5701


Ann Fleck

Aug Com Specialist

541-693-5710
ann.fleck@hdesd.org

Melanie Schaefer

Assistive Technology Specialist

541-693-5735
melanie.schaefer@hdesd.org

The High Desert Education Service District provides augmentative communication services to children birth-21 years of age who have not developed adequate speech to access their educational environment. In addition to computerized communication devices, the program offers training in techniques other than speech to support education. These techniques include facial expressions, gestures, sign language, eye gaze, pictures and initial-letter curing.