"Patty understood that communication is an intimate connection between two people, and a means for developing relationships." - Parent
About Patty Walsh-Cassidy
Patty Walsh-Cassidy had a vision. She saw a world in which some children struggled to communicate, and believed things could be different. It was her conviction that every child should have the education, tools, and support they need to have their dreams, hopes, and desires heard.
This conviction drove Patty's work over a more than twenty-year career as a speech therapist, assistive technology specialist, teacher, trainer, speaker, and innovator. In 1995, Patty co-founded the Collaborative Center for Assistive Technology and Training (CCATT) at the Collaborative for Educational Services in Northampton, Massachusetts, where her mantra, "Be a bubble-blower, not a bubble-popper," served as the cornerstone of the CCATT Center's philosophy. At the CCATT Center, Patty and her colleagues transformed the lives of many.
Patty hoped to one day create a lending library to make available the devices, software, materials, and guidance that make such a difference to those still striving for a voice. As a vehicle for outreach and education for families, professionals, districts, and local communities, the PWC Lending Library serves as Patty's dream made real, a living reminder of her legacy and a continuation of her vision for the futures of the students whose lives she altered forever, and for those she never had the opportunity to meet.
Read about the origins of the library's crane logo, as told by Patty's daughter, Shannon.
About the CCATT Center
Driven by her conviction that every child should have the education, tools, and support they need to have their voices heard and their dreams realized, Patty Walsh-Cassidy served the Collaborative for 20 years as a speech pathology and assistive technology specialist. In 1995, she was instrumental in founding the Collaborative Center for Assistive Technology and Training (CCATT), which assists individuals, families, and professionals to address alternative and augmentative communication needs.
The CCATT Center's multidisciplinary team of teachers and therapists bring extensive classroom experience and a wealth of expertise to their work with school districts throughout the region to help students access curriculum through technology. Specialists with extensive experience in augmentative and alternative communication, adapted computer access, and assistive technology for individuals with disabilities help students ages PreK-22 explore solutions that suit their needs. The CCATT Center introduces teachers, professionals, and parents to the latest in assisitive technology and guides educators, schools, and districts to promote access for every student. Learn more about the CCATT Center.