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Janice Light (Penn State University) describes the components of effective literacy interventions for individuals who require AAC.
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.
Colin Portnuff talks about receiving his diagnosis - Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) - and the application of speech and voice technology in AAC.
David Beukelman (University of Nebraska) describes recent research on effective AAC interventions for adults with Aphasia.
Beth Anne Luciani (California University of Pennsylvania) describes the benefits and the challenges of college life for individuals who use AAC.
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.
Janice Light (Penn State University) describes the components of effective interventions for young children who use AAC.
Lew Golinker (AT Law Center) provides an overview of funding issues in AAC.
Aileen Costigan (Penn State University) provides an introduction to important issues in seating and positioning for individuals who use assistive technology (AT).
David McNaughton (Penn State University) describes key supports to successful transitions for individual who use AAC
Kevin Caves describes strategies he has used for adding projects for people with disabilities to engineering design classes.
Pamela Kennedy describes the steps for emergency preparation that are critical for all individuals with complex communication needs.
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).
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.
Lew Golinker ( AT Law Center) describes funding options for public school students who need a speech generating device.
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
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.