182: AAC on The Beach: Providing AAC to First Responders with Nicolette Contella

AAC on The Beach: Providing AAC to First Responders with Nicolette Contella


In this episode of SLP Coffee Talk, I sat down with Nicolette Contella to talk about her passion for AAC and how she offers AAC training to first responders with her organization AAC On The Beach. Nicolette is a new grad and started this organization and I am so excited to share her story with you! 

Nicolette Contella was born and raised in NJ. She attended the University of Maryland for her BA and MA. She loves talking about side hustles, The American Dream, technology, and digital marketing. 

She is the owner of Grazie Mille Co, a digital marketing agency, the owner of Nicolette Contella on TpT, where she creates functional resources for adults and children, the director of the Belmar Junior Lifeguard program, and recently the founder of AAC on The Beach, an organization that provides AAC and communication training to lifeguards, police, fire, EMS and more. 

Nicolette will be starting her CF this September in the school setting in NJ. 


In This Episode You’ll Discover:

  • How Nicolette got started working with first responders
  • How Nicolette became passionate about AAC
  • The resources Nicolette has for first responders to improve their ability to communicate with different people
  • How you can help bring this resource to your community
  • Nicolette’s plans for the future of her organization


I hope you enjoyed this episode with Nicolette! It’s so cool how she saw a need in her community for more AAC training and filled that need. 

If you want to learn more about how you can bring this training to your community, make sure to check out her website. You can also follow her on Instagram and check out her free resources

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AAC on The Beach: Providing AAC to First Responders with Nicolette Contella


Joke of the Week:

Q: What travels all around the world, but stays in one corner? 

A: A postage stamp.


Resources Mentioned: 

Visit Nicolette’s website

Check out Nicolette’s free resources

Follow Nicolette on Instagram

Follow AAC On The Beach on Instagram

Follow Grazie Mille Co. on Instagram

Visit the Grazie Mille Co. website

Visit the AAC on the Beach website


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