What is Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)?

According to the American Speech Language Hearing Association, there are over 2 million people with significant expressive language impairment who use AAC. AAC users including people with the following disorders; autism, cerebral palsy, dual sensory impairments, genetic syndromes, intellectual disability, multiple disabilities, hearing impairment, disease, stroke, and head injury.

According to the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication Organization. AAC is a set of tools and strategies that an individual uses to solve everyday communicative challenges. Communication can take many forms such as: speech, a shared glance, text, gestures, facial expressions, touch, sign language, symbols, pictures, speech-generating devices, etc. Everyone uses multiple forms of communication, based upon the context and our communication partner. Effective communication occurs when the intent and meaning of one individual is understood by another person. The form is less important than the successful understanding of the message.

The types of AAC includes both low-tech and high tech. Low tech AAC includes symbol charts, PECS,  and communication boards, while high tech AAC include electronic devices such computers, tablets and devices.

The following information provides resources, articles and tips on using AAC:

3 sets of AAC goals for interactive books

5 quick and easy games that build AAC skills

50 simple switch or low tech activities

AAC and Echolalia

AAC for caregivers manual

AAC Quiz

Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) systems for students with CVI and multiple disabilities 

How to make an AAC symbol library

Language opportunities to use AAC at home

Low-Tech AAC Ideas

Promoting inclusion and participation for people who use AAC

Reducing prompt dependence in AAC learners: 5 things to try

The periodic table of AAC

Using AAC more in the classroom

Using LIST in PODD communication books

What does it take to implement AAC

 

Adult Provider Training Resources

Abuse and Neglect

Sexual Abuse of People with Disabilities

Sexual Abuse Definition-The ARC

Preventing Abuse of Children with Cognitive, Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Abuse and Neglect: Individuals with Developmental Disabilities

Choking/ Aspiration

Teaching Material on Choking

Arizona Department of Economic Security

Eunice Kennedy Shriver-Dysphasia, Aspiration and Choking

Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities

New York State Choking Prevention Resources

Washington State Department of Social and Health Services

State Agencies Choking Alerts

Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities

Minnesota Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities 

New Jersey Health and Safety Alert Choking

CPR Training for Disabled Students

Fire Safety

Educational materials for people with disabilities

Fire safety and teaching people with intellectual disabilities

Fire Safety for Individuals with disabilities

Fire safety outreach materials for people with disabilities

Guide to teaching fire safety to students with disabilities

Incident Reporting

Incident/abuse, identification, reporting and processing 

Incident reporting for individuals with developmental disabilities

Incident response and reporting manual

Major unusual incidents and unusual incidents

Personal support worker incident report requirements

Overview of Developmental Disabilities

Introduction to developmental disabilities

Introduction to intellectual and developmental disabilities 

Introduction to developmental disabilities classroom participant guide

Orientation Manual for Direct Support Professionals

Van Safety

A guide for drivers of seniors and persons with disabilities

Oversight of Passenger Safety

Safe Transportation of People in Wheelchairs

Transportation Safety Awareness

Summer Sensory Activities

June 20th mark the first day of summer. In many places with Covid-19 still looming around, summer fun may be limited but still there is always an opportunity to create sensory activities. the following links below are some suggestions. Some of the links show ways to create sensory bins using different themes. Enjoy and stay safe.

5 summer sensory activities

10 awesome summer sensory play activities

10 washing activities summer sensory play ideas

17 cool summer sensory activities that help kids

Ideas for summer sensory play

Must-try summer sensory activities

Sensory Summer

Spring and summer sensory bins

Summer Sensory Bins

Summer sensory play ideas for kids with ice and water