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Video of the Week: Transitioning Students Using AAC: Strategies to Promote Full Inclusion

November 28, 2018 by - Leave your thoughts

Video of the Week: Transitioning Students Using AAC: Strategies to Promote Full Inclusion

Transitions usually seem a bit daunting, but the move from the school system to post-school life is one fraught with a great many challenges. For people who use AAC, a group with unemployment rates exceeding 90%, the path to a rich and fulfilling life in adulthood requires a great deal of support. In many cases, the systems and individuals who are in the position to provide that support lack the information, experience, training, and resources they need to be effective. In today’s video, we hear from Dr. Rackensperger, Vice President for Persons who Use AAC and Their Families at  USSAAC, who has a unique perspective on these issues. She shares ways that we can address these challenges by using person-based panning and strengths-based approaches in our efforts to foster self-determination and build self-advocacy. This video is part of the USSAAC webinar series and is made possible with the support of... [Read More...]

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5 Kinds of Pre-stored Messages That Put the AAC Learner in Control

November 19, 2018 by - 3 Comments

5 Kinds of Pre-stored Messages That Put the AAC Learner in Control

Here’s a conundrum. Personal autonomy is an important component of happiness and well-being, yet it may be hard to come by for people who use AAC. How can we give some power back to our AAC learners so that they have more control of their own circumstances? One way is to provide them with the language that enables them to push back on us and/or assert their own influence on situations. Some individuals have the language in their AAC system already but need instruction and support in learning to say the kinds of things that allow them to advocate for themselves. We can also provide AAC learners with prestored messages that help them stick up for themselves, and teach them when and how to use those. Here are some examples to consider. Take a look and see if there are any that may help your AAC learners achieve more personal... [Read More...]

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Video of the Week: Thumbs Up for AAC Support in The Community

August 8, 2018 by - 1 Comment

Video of the Week: Thumbs Up for AAC Support in The Community

What better way to help local businesses become more AAC-friendly than to have people who use AAC every day teach them to use supportive strategies? Today’s video features the Thumbs Up Communication in Action group supported by Dr. Shannon Hennig’s Inclusive Communication in Wellington, New Zealand. Follow along in their journey as they advocate for more inclusive interactions in a community business and take a peek at this experience of effective self-advocacy.  Many thanks to the group members, Dr. Hennig, and to ISAAC for making this video available. You can see more of Dr. Hennig’s work here. Direct Link to Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2pkDvybXq1c

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5 Ways to Support Self-Advocacy in AAC Learners

July 30, 2018 by - Leave your thoughts

5 Ways to Support Self-Advocacy in AAC Learners

self-ad·vo·ca·cy: self ˈadvəkəsē/ Noun: the action of representing oneself or one’s views or interests. —————————- Empowering AAC learners to advocate for themselves may be one of the most important and impactful things that we can do to help them stay safe and achieve their goals. Here are some ways we can support that process. Provide messages for self-advocacy behaviors: It’s hard to represent your own interests without the appropriate set of vocabulary and messages. Words and prestored messages for protesting and rejecting are essential (e.g., No; Stop; No, thank you; I don’t want to). In addition, consider adding messages which allow the communicator to express disagreement or negative opinions (e.g., I don’t like it; I don’t think so; That doesn’t work for me; This is unfair; That’s disrespectful) and proactively provide self-advocacy information (e.g., Please do what I asked; It’s on my IEP; I have a right to be heard; I... [Read More...]

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Video of the Week: Thinking About the Communication Bill of Rights

May 23, 2018 by - Leave your thoughts

Video of the Week: Thinking About the Communication Bill of Rights

If you appreciate the Communication Bill of Rights, you won’t want to miss today’s featured video. Kudos to the leadership, clients, and staff of the Communication Technology Education Center (CTEC) for this wonderful video. Direct Link to Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_6Q44HuMvG0&t=3s 

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Video of the Week: Teaching Clients to Program Their Own AAC Devices

June 8, 2016 by - Leave your thoughts

Video of the Week: Teaching Clients to Program Their Own AAC Devices

Parents, therapists, and educators share the common goal of helping AAC learners be as independent as possible and assert control over their own communication systems. One step toward this kind of self-advocacy is to teach our clients to add messages to their own AAC systems. In this video, Lindsey Cargill demonstrates how she introduced this to Katya. Enjoy! Direct Link to Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zo3x333cIy0

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Watch It Wednesday: Communicating at Meetings and Public Events

March 11, 2015 by - 2 Comments

Watch It Wednesday: Communicating at Meetings and Public Events

When people who use AAC participate in team or committee meetings, they are generally welcomed by others in attendance. That’s a great start, but for the experience to be successful, we have to go beyond good intentions and use solid inclusive practices so that the group benefits from the perspective or information shared by the person using AAC. Helping people with AAC needs be full participants in team and other group meetings is an area where SLPs can make a positive impact. In this video by Communication Disabilities Access Across Canada, we learn how we can go beyond supporting the individual who uses AAC (which may be necessary but not sufficient) and help the team develop good practices for inclusive practices.    

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AAC: 4 Ways to Develop Self Advocacy Skills & Become A Self Advocate

July 20, 2013 by - Leave your thoughts

AAC: 4 Ways to Develop Self Advocacy Skills & Become A Self Advocate

Self Advocacy comes in many shapes and forms for all learners. We all need to have a level of self advocacy skills to have a positive self-esteem, to continue a path of life long learning, and to defend and protect ourselves in situations that potentially can be harmful. The teaching of self advocacy begins with learning to request and protest but goes way beyond that for ALL learners. For those with AAC needs, specific strategies and direct instruction are often necessary to make self advocacy a comprehensive and robust skill. Self advocacy skills are  a priority for older learners so for our  Strategy of the Month, we will discuss some ways to help develop self advocacy skills beyond the requesting and protesting levels. We hope to build strong self advocacy skills for ALL learners. Rating Scales– Teach the use of rating scales to help AAC learners give their opinions on... [Read More...]

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Safety Matters: 5 Resources for People who Use AAC

June 21, 2013 by - Leave your thoughts

Safety Matters: 5 Resources for People who Use AAC

  Though she was not the first of my clients with cerebral palsy who made me think long and hard about safety, Marla was the one who kept me up at night. It was the seventies, and I was a PCA when institutionalization was on the way out and community living was gaining ground. Marla lived on her own in an apartment and, for awhile when I was a college student, I visited her in the morning to get her up and at night to put her to bed. During the day, she could get around reasonably well and call for help if she needed it. But at night, after she was settled in bed, she was pretty much stuck there until someone returned in the morning. She didn’t have the physical skills to use a phone while lying down, and, if there was AT that would have helped, I... [Read More...]

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