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We have 20 webcasts available for use, including   Research to PracticeConsumer Perspectives, and Professional Development Resources.


Research to Practice

 AAC-RERC researchers provide information (illustrated with video clips) on evidence-based  AAC interventions

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AAC Interventions to Maximize Language Development for Young Children

Janice Light (Penn State University) describes the components of effective interventions for young children who use AAC.

(Quiz available)

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Maximizing the Literacy Skills of Individuals who Require AAC

Janice Light (Penn State University) describes the components of effective literacy interventions for individuals who require AAC.

(Quiz available)

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Employment and Individuals who use AAC

David McNaughton and Anthony Arnold share research findings on key supports to employment for individuals who use AAC, and describe the employment success stories of a variety of individuals who use AAC.

(Quiz available)

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AAC for Aphasia: A Review of Visual Scenes Display Project

David Beukelman (University of Nebraska) describes recent research on effective AAC interventions for adults with Aphasia.


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Supporting Communication of Individuals with Minimal Movement

Susan Fager (Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital) and David Beukelman (University of Nebraska) describe AAC interventions for individuals with minimal movement (e.g., brainstem stroke, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Guillan Barre’ Syndrome, and chronic myasthenia gravis).

(Quiz available)

AAC and Communication in the Workplace

David McNaughton (Penn State University) and David Chapple ( Prentke Romich Company) use a series of case examples, with video illustrations, to demonstrate that individuals who require AAC can achieve positive employment outcomes.

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Visual Immersion Program (VIP) for Individuals with Autism

Howard Shane and Meghan O'Brien (Children's Hospital Boston) discuss the use of the Visual Immersion Program to teach expression and receptive language skills to individuals with autism.

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Supporting Successful Transitions for Individuals who use AAC.

David McNaughton (Penn State University) describes key supports to successful transitions for individual who use AAC

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AAC for Persons with Primary Progressive Aphasia

Melanie Fried-Oken (Oregon Health and Science University) describes the use of AAC for persons with primary progressive aphasia.




Consumer Perspectives


Individuals who use AAC discuss the impact of AAC on their lives, and make recommendations to professionals on components of effective interventions

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How Far We've Come, How Far We've Got to Go: Tales from the Trenches

Michael B. Williams (ACI), a long time practitioner of the art of augmented communication uses historical biography to elucidate many of the key social and technological issues in AAC today.

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AAC: A User's Perspective

Colin Portnuff talks about receiving his diagnosis - Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) - and the application of speech and voice technology in AAC.


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AAC and College Life: Just Do It!

Beth Anne Luciani (California University of Pennsylvania) describes the benefits and the challenges of college life for individuals who use AAC.

(Quiz available)

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Disaster Preparedness for People with Complex Communication Needs

Pamela Kennedy describes the steps for emergency preparation that are critical for all individuals with complex communication needs.


Professional Development 

 Presentations on issues related to AAC interventions

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An Introduction to the Use of AAC for Children with Complex Communication Needs

This introductory level webcast on "AAC and Children" by Kathy Drager, Janice Light, and David McNaughton (Penn State University) is designed as an introduction to the use of AAC

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Overview of the Health-based Funding Programs that Cover Speech Generating Devices

Lew Golinker (AT Law Center) provides an overview of funding issues in AAC.

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Seating and Positioning for Individuals who use AT

Aileen Costigan (Penn State University) provides an introduction to important issues in seating and positioning for individuals who use assistive technology (AT).

(Quiz available)

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Adding Projects for People with Disabilities to Engineering Design Classes

Kevin Caves describes strategies he has used for adding projects for people with disabilities to engineering design classes.

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Public School Students: Who Can Pay for SGDs?

Lew Golinker ( AT Law Center) describes funding options for public school students who need a speech generating device.

patient provider webcast


We have created a series of videos, hosted by Sarah Blackstone, on the topic of patient provider communication. Speakers include Amy Wilson-Stronks, Richard Hurtig, Paul Rao, Karin Ruschke, and John Costello.

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Mobile Devices and Communication Apps: Current Trends and Future Directions

Howard Shane, Jessica Gosnell, David McNaughton, and Sam Sennot discuss the use of mobile communication technologies (e.g., the iPad) by children with complex communication needs.


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Adaptive Access: Key Design Considerations

Dr. Susan Fager (University of Nebraska at Lincoln) and Jeff Higginbotham (State University of New York at Buffalo) present on Key Design Considerations for People with Communication, Motor, and Cognitive Challenges.