Meet Your Dedicated Team
At Forbes AAC, we recognize the value of having individual points of contact while working through the process of procuring an AAC device. We believe it is critical to connect you with a team that specializes in your local region. For this reason, we have teams of Assistive Technology Specialists and Funding Coordinators to manage specific geographic regions of the country.
Shawna Dunnaway, MLS, OTR/L, ATP - Assistive Technology Specialist
Shawna is an occupational therapist and assistive technology specialist. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Occupational Therapy from University of Missouri and a Master’s Degree from Fort Hayes State University with emphasis in Assistive Technology. Shawna is a licensed ATP through RESNA. She previously worked at the University of Missouri- Assistive Technology Evaluation Center as part of an interdisciplinary team along with a speech language pathologist for 15+ years. In that role she has completed a vast number of AAC and computer access evaluations. In addition, she has consulted with schools for educational technology, worked extensively with alternative mobility and power wheelchair evaluations, AAC mounting, and completed work site evaluations for vocational rehabilitation.
Shawna is passionate about developing and implementing AAC solutions for individuals with complex communication needs. She works in close collaboration with clients, caregivers and therapy teams to create systems that enable individuals with disabilities to participate actively in all aspects of their lives.
If you are interested in products or services, you can reach Shawna by phone or email:
Merit Simanton - Funding Specialist
Merit joined recently joined the Forbes AAC team in 2019. As a Funding Specialist, she works closely with caregivers, Speech-Language Pathologists, and other team members to get clients the equipment they need. Merit is experienced in procuring funding throughout various regions of the country; she is an expert in processing authorizations and claims for Medicaid, managed care plans, private insurances and waiver programs.
Merit and Shawna work together to ensure that their clients get the AAC devices and accessories they need, as efficiently as possible.
If you have any questions about funding or eligibility, you can reach Lori by phone or email:
Phone 419.589.7688 ext 232