5 Ways to Spread the Word About Augmentative and Alternative Communication

International AAC Awareness Month is celebrated around the world each October. The goal is to raise awareness of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) and to inform the public about the many different ways in which people communicate using communication devices.

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Here are some ideas adapted from praacticalaac.org:

1. LEARN

  • Participate in a webinar,  read a journal article or explore a new AAC app.
  • Discover accessibility options built into the operating systems of the technologies you use.
  • Go to a vendor website of a speech-generating device or AAC app that is of interest to you and participate in the training materials.
  • See what AAC-related trainings are in your area  and register.

2. CONNECT

  • Follow #augcomm, #assistivetech and/or #AAC on Twitter.
  • Join ASHA SIG 12.
  • Expand your professional learning network.
  • Find support groups online  or within your community.

3. CREATE

  • Adapt a game or book to use with AAC in therapy.
  • Develop a back-up communication aid for someone who uses technology to communicate.

4. EDUCATE

  • Share information about what you have learned with families and other professionals
  • Teach volunteers and those who are unfamiliar with AAC devices about their use in a variety of environments.
  • Hold an informational night for parents, caregivers and other professionals to learn about low tech-high tech devices.

5. DO

  • Organize a AAC training session
  • Identify needs of AAC and technology on your caseload
  • Raise money to purchase  new equipment for your department.

RESOURCES:

VENDORS:

  • Dynavox
  • Prentke Romich Company (PRC)
  • AbleNet
  • AssistiveWare
  • Mayer-Johnson LLC
  • Saltillo Corporation
  • Words+ Inc.
  • Spectronics Inclusive Learning Technologies

–Heather Osterhouse, M.A., CF-SLP and Monica Puente, M.A., CCC-SLP, Beaumont Pediatric Speech Department

 

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