Betsy Furler, MS, CCC-SLP
CEO and Founder, Communication Circles
Betsy is the CEO of Communication Circles, a unique agency that provides consulting services to app developers and tech companies as well as direct services to people with disabilities utilizing tech solutions. Betsy is considered a thought leader in the use of technology and people with disabilities. She is a speech pathologist with 25 years of experience. She is an expert in the area of augmentative communication and a pioneer in the use of mobile applications with people with a wide range of abilities. She has spoken at many national and international conferences on the use of technology and disabilities including SXSWInteractive, M-Enabling Summit, the International Society for Instructional Technology, and the Texas Computer Educators Association.
Betsy received a B.A. in Psychology and Sociology from Austin College in Sherman, Texas, and a M.S. in Communication Disorders from the University of Texas at Dallas. She holds a teaching certificate in the State of Texas and a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech, Language and Hearing Association. Betsy is a member of the Association for Competitive Technology and the UX Professionals Association.
Betsy lives in Houston, Texas with her husband Eric and two sons, Henry and Sam. She loves bullet journaling and continuing her quest for optimal productivity and efficiency. She is on the executive board of the Athletic Association at Westbury Christian School and a volunteer on the Speakers Committee of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.
OUR THERAPY ASSISTANTS
Sahmeen Ali, SLPA
Sahmeen graduated from Texas Woman’s University in May 2016 with a Bachelor’s degree in communication sciences. Shortly after, she achieved her license as a Speech Language Pathologist Assistant. Sahmeen has practiced as an SLPA since September 2016, and enjoys having both pediatric and adult patients because it helps develop and enhance her skills as an SLPA. Sahmeen hopes to continue her education in this field in a few years to achieve a Master’s degree.
Natalie is an assistant speech therapist and graduate student in the field of speech language pathology at the University of Houston. She was thrilled to join Communication Circles in May 2015, and thoroughly enjoys the work she does, particularly in the area of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC). She believes in teaching functional skills that enable individuals to communicate successfully in their unique environments and finds nothing more fulfilling than providing clients with a way to ‘get the message across’. She will obtain her Master’s degree in May 2017 to become a speech language pathologist and is considering specializing in the field of AAC in order to play a part in broadening the knowledge base surrounding the use of assistive communication for both AAC users and their communication partners.
Jessica handles office operations for Communication Circles, supporting the therapists with client and insurance billing, scheduling, and technology management. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in business / computer information systems from Louisiana Tech University and spent the first part of her career as an information systems analyst in the oil-and-gas industry. After seven years as a stay-at-home mom, Jessica is excited to join an organization that uses technology to improve the lives of children. When she’s not spending time with her family, Jessica enjoys crafting, genealogy, and volunteering in her faith community.
Megan contributes articles and blog posts for the Communication Circles website and social media. Megan has first-hand knowledge about assistive technology. She has cerebral palsy which led her to be wheelchair-bound and non-verbal. By using a Microsoft Surface with eye-gaze technology, Megan conquers life. She will graduate with her high school Class of 2017, maintaining a GPA of 3.7. In the classroom, her assignments and tests are scanned onto her computer. She also has been the president of GSA at her school. Using her eyes, she paints with a program on her Surface called ArtRage. Megan’s goal is to go to college to study digital media. She also wants to be an inspirational speaker for the voice of the disabled community. Instead of her looking at her disability as an obstacle, Megan uses her disability as a stepping stool to look past the obvious.