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This blog is a professional collaborative blog written, edited, and produced by a group of speech-language pathologists. The opinions expressed on this website on each post are that of the individual author and not of any of the authors' employers. The website is maintained by Jessica Chase, M.A. CCC-SLP. For overall questions about the blog, please contact its owner via e-mail. If you have questions about an individual post or material on this blog, please contact the writer/creator of the blog post via his or her website. If you are a speech-language pathologist blogger who is interested in becoming a collaborator at Speechie Freebies, please complete this form to be considered. The policies below are valid from January 24th, 2013.

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Copyright/Intellectual Property/Indemnification
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Authors of this website will not infringe the proprietary rights, including but not limited to the copyright, patent, trademark, or trade secret rights of any third party (such as use of graphics from Angry Birds, copying another persons’ materials, or plagiarism of text from another material/website) with materials or information posted to the website. If you believe that material located on or linked to by Speechie Freebies’ authors violates your copyright, you are encouraged to notify Speechie Freebies in accordance with the Digital Millenium Copyright Act. Speechie Freebies will respond to all such notices, as required or appropriate, by removing the infringing material or disabling all links to the infringing material. In the case of a visitor who may infringe or repeatedly infringes the copyrights or other intellectual property rights of Speechie Freebies or its contributors, Speechie Freebies may, in its discretion, terminate or deny access to and use of the site

You agree to indemnify and hold harmless Speechie Freebies, its authors, its contractors, and its licensors, and their respective directors, officers, employees, and agents from and against any and all claims and expenses, including attorneys’ fees, arising out of your use of this site, including but not limited to out of your violation of this agreement. 

Individualized Treatment
Information and materials published on this website are not meant to replace speech and language therapy. They are meant to share professional information in the area of speech-language pathology with parents, teachers, and professionals. In addition, the information presented on this website is general and should not be interpreted or used as advice for a specific person with a communication disorder. Speechie Freebies and its authors do not guarantee that a person's speech and language skills will improve by implementing or using some or all of the ideas/materials on this website. If you or someone you know feels that they may be experiencing a communication disorder or learning disability, discuss this with a physician, school psychologist, speech-language pathologist, or medical professional for a person-specific diagnosis and treatment plan. 

Accuracy of Posts/Materials
The authors of Speechie Freebies do their best to ensure that the information presented on this website is accurate, up to date, and professional. The authors of Speechie Freebies do not promise or make representations as to the accuracy, completeness, currentness, suitability, or validity of any information on this website. In addition, Speechie Freebies and its authors will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use.

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In no event will Speechie Freebies, or its suppliers or licensors, be liable with respect to any subject matter of this agreement under any contract, negligence, strict liability or other legal or equitable theory for any special, incidental, or consequential damages, the cost of procurement or substitute products or services, for interruption of use or loss or corruption of data, or for any amounts that exceed the fees paid by you to Speechie Freebies under this agreement. Speechie Freebies shall have no liability for any failure or delay due to matters beyond its reasonable control. The foregoing shall not apply to the extent prohibited by applicable law.

The statements expressed in posts on this website do not reflect the views of the employers of the authors of this site

Speechie Freebies has not reviewed and cannot review all of the material posted to the site and therefore, cannot be responsible for that materials content, use, or effects. By operating the site, Speechie Freebies does not represent or imply that it endorses the material there posted, or that it believes such material to be accurate, useful, or non-harmful. By using this website, downloading its materials, or visiting links posted, you are responsible for taking the necessary precautions to protect yourself and your computer systems from viruses, worms, Trojan horses, and other harmful or destructive content. Speechie Freebies may contain content that is offensive, indecent, or otherwise objectionable as well as content containing technical inaccuracies, typographical mistakes, and other errors. This site may also contain material that violates the privacy or publicity rights or infringes on the intellectual property and other proprietary rights, of third parties, or the downloading, copying, or use of which is subject to additional terms and conditions, stated or unstated. Speechie Freebies disclaims any responsibility for any harm resulting from the use by visitors of the site or from any downloading by those visitors of content there posted. 

Privacy

 The creators/authors of this adhere to the Code of Ethics for speech-language pathologists and adhere to HIPAA guidelines. Speechie Freebies and its authors will not post any photos of clients whom have a communication disorder or a clients' protected health information. If a photo or video of a person (client or not) appears on the website, there will be written consent on file from that person or legal guardian for a person under the age of 18 to appear on this website. Most of the speech-language pathologists posting on this website are licensed through the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) or are in college to receive their degree and licensure in speech-language pathology.

Speechie Freebies uses Google Analytics to collect anonymous statistics for the purpose for improving this site (such as the number of visitors per day).

Use and Distribution of Materials or Information on This Site
Please feel free to use the ideas and materials on this site in your therapy sessions or at home at your own risk, for which Speechie Freebies and its authors shall not be liable. It is your own responsibility to decide whether the materials, products, services, or information provided by this website meet your specific requirements and therapy needs. The materials and content on this website, unless otherwise specified, are the intellectual property of each Speechie Freebies collaborator. Materials and content include but are not limited to blog entries, graphics, photographs, charts, worksheets, visual aids, product reviews, etc. You may print and use Speechie Freebie’s creations (worksheets/graphics/visuals) for personal and professional use, however, you may not re-sell them or commercially exploit the content, publish them without expressed written permission, distribute them, or produce mass quantities of them. You may also not transmit or store the content from this site on any other website or other form of electronic retrieval system. Please do not steal ideas and credit them as your own - when in doubt, credit the author. If you link to them on your website, Pinterest, Facebook, or other social media account, credit the Speechie Freebies individual author as the creator.

You represent and warrant that your use of Speechie Freebies will be in strict accordance with this agreement and with all applicable laws and regulations and your use of the site will not infringe or misappropriate the intellectual property rights of any third party. This includes, but is not limited to, local laws or regulations in your country, state, city, or other governmental area, regarding online conduct and acceptable content, and including all applicable laws regarding the transmission of technical data exported from the United States or the country in which you reside.

Contributions
Materials uploaded, text posted, graphics shown, audio/video files, software, and files posted by authors of Speechie Freebies or posted by users via comments, blog posts, uploads, and links made available by means of Speechie Freebies are entirely the responsibility of the author or user. By making the content available on Speechie Freebies, authors and users represent and warrant that:

  • The downloading, copying, and use of content will not infringe the proprietary rights, including but not limited to the copyright, patent, trademark, or trade secret rights of any third party (such as use of graphics from Angry Birds, copying another persons’ materials, or plagiarism of text from another material/website).
  • If your employer/a company your are associated with has rights to the intellectual property you create, you have either received permission from your employer/company to post or make available the resource or have a waiver as to all rights in or to the material.
  • You have fully complied with any third-party licenses relating to the content and have done all things necessary to successfully pass through to end users any required terms.
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Termination

Without limiting any of those representations or warranties, Speechie Freebies has the right to refuse or remove any content that, in its reasonable opinion, violates any Speechie Freebie policy or is in any way harmful or objectionable. In addition, Speechie Freebies has the right to terminate or deny access to and use of its website to any individual or entity for any reason, with or without notice, with or without cause, effective immediately. If you wish to terminate this agreement, you may simply discontinue using the site

Compensation Disclosure

This blog does not currently receive forms of cash for sponsorship, writing product reviews, or any other forms of compensation. Authors on this blog may link to their Teachers Pay Teachers stores but may not use an affiliate program to gain profit (including but not limited to Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, iTunes Affiliate Program, etc.). Authors providing product or app reviews may receive the product/software to trial before providing the review. Compensation received on an author’s individual website will follow his or own compensation disclosure policy. If and when an author on this blog does receive compensation in another form, the reader will be notified in written form on the individual entry or the disclosure policy will be changed.

Graphics Used on This Site/Fair Use Rights

Some of the worksheets that are created on this site have graphics from various graphic artists (including but not limited to Scrappin' Doodles, KPM Doodles, 3 Am Teacher, Melonheadz, Graphics Factory, etc.). These graphics, as well as licenses to use the graphics for the ability to distribute created items for sale/free, have been purchased by the author of the individual post on this website for the use of the owner in the creation, sharing, or selling of worksheets (such as on Teachers Pay Teachers). These graphics may not be resold by the creator or a visitor of this site or taken from the worksheets for your personal use. To purchase graphic art yourself or to learn more about graphic artists’ company policies visit individual graphic artist websites. Some of the graphics in which are used for free worksheets as well as that are embedded on this website are legal due fair use rights. 

External Links/Product Reviews

Speechie Freebies and its social media network sites (i.e. Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, etc.) include links to other websites. These links are provided for your convenience to provide further information. The links do not signify that Speechie Freebies and its authors endorse the website(s). Speechie Freebies and its authors have no responsibility for the content of the linked website(s). Each website that is linked to is owned and run by a different person/company of whom owns the rights to its products and information. That website has the right to change its information or the link may not be available after a period of time. In the case of Pinterest, images are often posted that link to websites that are not related to the field of speech-language pathology. Be aware that when you click a linked website that you are visiting that page at your own risk. The authors of Speechie Freebies do not ensure or make representations as to the accuracy, completeness, currentness, suitability, or validity of any information on linked websites. In addition, Speechie Freebies and its authors will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from the display or use of an external, linked website.

In regards to product reviews, Speechie Freebies and its authors will do their best to provide accurate information about the product being reviewed based on their knowledge of the product. Speechie Freebies is not associated with and does not endorse any specific product companies. To find out if an individual author is associated or endorses a specific product or company, visit his or her website. Any conflict of interest will be identified on the individual blog post. Therefore, Speechie Freebies and its authors do not ensure or make representations as to the accuracy, completeness, currentness, suitability, or validity of any information in relation to products reviewed. Speechie Freebies and its authors will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from the display or use of a product reviewed on this blog. Speechie Freebies and its authors have only been compensated in application code/product form when stated on the individual post. Compensation received will never influence the content, topics, or posts made on this blog. If the authors claim or appear to be experts on a certain topic or product or service area, they will only endorse products or services that they believe, based on expertise, are worthy of such endorsement. Any product claim, statistic, quote, or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer or provider. 

Content Posted on Other Sites

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Digital Millenium Copyright Act Notice

If you believe that the content available by means of Speechie Freebies (as defined above) infringes one or more of your copyrights, please notify us by the means of an e-mailed notice providing the information described below to the e-mail address listed. If Speechie Freebies takes action in response to an Infringement Notice, it will make a good faith attempt to contact the party that made such content available by means of the most recent e-mail address, if any, provided by such party. Please be advised that you will be liable for damages (including costs and attorney’s fees) if you materially misrepresent that a product is infringing your copyrights. Thus, if you are not sure content located on or linked-to by Speechie Freebies infringes your copyright, you should consider first contacting an attorney.

All Infringement Notices need to be sent to speechiefreebies@gmail.com as plain text e-mails without attachments and include the following or they will be deemed invalid:

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  • An identification of the copyright claimed to have been infringed.
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  • A statement by you that you believe in good faith that the use of the content that you claim to infringe your copyright is not authorized by law, or by the copyright owner or such owner’s agent and under penalty of perjury, that all of the information contained in your Infringement Notice is accurate, and that you are either the copyright owner or a person authorized to act on their behalf.


If a DMCA notice is valid, we are required by law to respond to it by disabling access to the allegedly infringing content. If you are a contributor of content and access to portions of your content have been disabled for this reason, we will notify you. You then have the option to send us a counter-notice stating why your content does not infringe copyrights and asking for access to be reinstated. Counter notices need to be sent to speechiefreebies@gmail.com as plain text e-mails without attachments and include the following or they will be deemed invalid:

  • Your name, address, phone number, e-mail address, and physical or electronic signature.
  • Identification of the allegedly infringing content and its location before disabling access.
  • A statement under penalty of perjury explaining why the content was removed by mistake or misidentification.


Changes

These policies are subject to change/updates as determined by the website owner. It is your responsibility to check this agreement periodically for changes. Your continued use of or access to the site following the posting of any changes to this agreement constitutes acceptance of these changes. Speechie Freebies may also, in the future, offer new services and/or features through the website, including the release of new tools and resources. Such new features and/or services shall be subject to the terms and conditions of this agreement.
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