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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

Supporting Successful Transitions for Individuals who use AAC.

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

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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

This introductory level webcast on "AAC and Young Children" by Kathy Drager, Janice Light, and David McNaughton (Penn State University) is designed as an introduction to the use of AAC. The production of this webcast was funded by U.S. Department of Education grant H325K080333

AAC for Persons with Primary Progressive Aphasia

Mobile Devices and Communication Apps: Current Trends and Future Directions

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

Patient-Provider Communication

Language and learning: Cognitive science considerations in the design of AAC technologies for children and adults

Adaptive Access: Key Design Considerations

AAC and Communication in the Workplace

Introduction to Supporting Effective Patient Provider Communication

Amy Wilson-Stronks: Patient Provider Communication

Richard Hurtig (University of Iowa) - Patient Provider Communication

Paul Rao (ASHA): Patient Provider Communication

Karin Ruschke (ILS): Patient Provider Communication

John Costello (Boston Children's Hospital): Patient Provider Communication

Summary - Patient Provider Communication