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The AAC-RERC Writers Brigage: Knowledge Translation Through A Writers Workshop: A Guide for Individuals and Organizations by Johana Schwartz with Sarah Blackstone and the AAC-RERC Writers Brigade.

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Index of Articles relating to AAC-RERC

The following articles have been published by Augmentative Communication Inc. This material is not copyrighted. If you use it, however, please reference as follows: Sarah Blackstone (author), volume number and date, Augmentative Communication News, 1 Surf Way, #237, Monterey, CA 93940.

ACN - v. 21#4 - The Future of AAC. This final issue is about the future of AAC.

ACN - v. 21#3 - AAC Technologies. This issue focuses on recent improvements in the features of AAC technologies that the AAC community considers most exciting.

ACN - v. 21#2 - Patient-Provider Communication. This issue is part of an effort by an ad hoc group to increase awareness of patient-provider communication issues.

ACN - v. 21#1 - AAC-RERC Writers Brigade. In this issue, we introduce you to the AAC-RERC Writers Brigade, a variation on the idea of a writers workshop in which individulas with disabilities hone their skills to write about cutting-edge research and development work that addresses the needs of people with disabilities like theirs.

ACN - v. 20#4 - Children with Complex Communication Needs. This newsletter identifies principles and strategies that can help children with complex communication needs (CCN) succeed in their classrooms. It explores basic principles for serving students with CCN in our schools.

ACN - v. 20 #3 - The Human Element.This issue tells about the writer Johana Schwartz and her professional career as a writer with communication needs, and her assistant who provides a human touch to her writing.

ACN - v. 20 #1 &2 - AAC-RERC Webcast Series: Education through consumer appeal. This issue discusses how AAC-RERC Webcast Series can give updated information and instruction about developments in the field.

ACN - v. 19 #4 - Disaster preparedness. This issue is a call to action. The needs of people who rely on AAC are not being considered in the best distaster preparedness plans.

ACN - v. 19 #3 - AAC-RERC projects that have influenced the design of speech generating devices (SGDs).This issue considers the potential impact of research and development (R&D) activities funded throught he RERC on Communication Enhancement, known as the AAC-RERC.

ACN - v. 19 #2 - Webcasts on AAC technologies and young children. This issue highlights two webcasts presented by Janice Light.

ACN - v. 19 #1 - AAC for adults with acute and chronic medical conditions. This issue focuses on the use of augmentative and alternative (AAC) approaches and related assistive technologies (AT) by people who acquire severe communication impairments as a result of diseases or injuries during adolescence or adulthood.

ACN - v. 18 #4 - Government Funding for Speech Generating Devices (SGDs). This issue aims to give information on various funding for speech generating devices in the U.S. and around the world.

ACN - v. 18 #3 - Announcing the ACETS Training Guide. This issue gives information on the ACETS pilot program, which was designed to increase the employment potential for people who rely on Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC).

ACN - v. 18 #2 - Myths about AAC. This issue aims to address some of the misconceptions people have about AAC. The goal is to provide information that can be used to respond to the concerns of individuals with CCN and their family members.

ACN - v. 18 #1 -  State of the Science Conference (SOSC).  This issue highlights content from six SOSC presentations and some of the wideranging discussions that followed each one.

ACN - v. 17 #4 - Webcast series: 2005 and 2006. This issue discusses 4 webcasts that offer students, families and professionals easy access to up-to-date information about current topics of interest in AAC.

ACN - v. 17 #3 - Comments on school experiences across four decades. This issue provided information to help people with AAC learn how to become self-advocates, use SGDs and other assistive technologies and become competent in the uses of a range of communcation modes to converse and write.

ACN - v. 17 #2 - Primary communication facilitators. This issue discusses the role of primary communication facilitators. Studies at the University of Nebraska showed that facilitators for people with ALS participated in AAC evaluations and training sessions, made tech-support telephone calls and were engaged in ongoing interactions related to AAC technology use.

ACN - v. 17 #1 - Getting more out of school transition programs. This issue focuses on "transition" within and between school programs. It identifies the challenges, makes recommendations, and gives information for teachers, individuals and family members. It also makes suggestions about setting expectations and planning.

ACN - v. 16 #4 - Telework to improve employment outcomes. This issue gives a detailed description of the advantages and disadvantages of telework for individuals who rely on AAC.

ACN - v. 16 #3 - Telework, adult vocabulary and ACETS Online.This issue shares information about improving the employment situation for individulas who rely on AAC. It focuses on telework as an employment option, as well as describes adult vocabulary and symbols that specifically address adult communication needs. Finally, it introduces an online training program through Temple University known as ACETS.

ACN - v. 16 #2 - Visual Scene Displays (VSDs). This issue is about VSDs. It describes how they are different from our typical AAC displays and why they may benefit certain groups of people with complex communciation needs. VSDs are meant to support the communication process.

ACN - v. 16 #1 - Access: A major theme for 2003-2008. This issue describe how AAC-RERC projects will improve access for people with complex communication needs to communication technologies.

ACN - v. 15 #4 - 2003-2008: Electronic Screen Media and Intelligent Agents. This issue gives information on Electronic Screen Media and Intelligent Agents, which are appealling to children with ASD and can help them learn language communicate more effectively.

ACN - v. 15 #3 - Use of the Internet in AAC research.This issue shows how the Internet can remove barriers to participation in research for many stakeholder groups, particularly for individuals who rely on AAC technology to communicate.

ACN - v. 15 #2 - Nothing about us without us. This issue gives examples of how people who rely on AAC have been involved in the AAC-RERC's research.

ACN - v. 15 #1 - Technology Transfer in AAC. This issue discusses the past four years. The partners have made an effort to establish close relationships with many AAC companies. The nature of these relationships ranges from full partnerships in the development of a product, to information sharing about technology, to information transfer about the needs and abilities of individuals who rely on AAC.

ACN - v. 14 #6 - Virtues of Virtuality?This issue attempts to exploit newly available technological  technologies to foster collaberation, and addresses questions related to the impediments and facilitators of distance collaberation in research and engineering.

ACN - v. 14 #4,5 - The Evidence: Organizing language in AAC Technologies for young children. This issue highlights research underway at Pennsylvania State. More particularly, to investigate the learning demands of the layouts and organization of language concepts in AAC Technology with respect to young children.

ACN – v. 14 #2,3 – Across space and time: 2002 Interactive Lecture Series in AAC. This issue describes the collaboration among the AAC-RERC, Kornreich Assistive Technology Center and USSAAC to provide monthly web casts in AAC.

ACN – v. 13 #6 – State of the Science Conference on Communication Enhancement.
This issue describes the agenda for the Conference sponsored by the AAC-RERC in collaboration with USSAAC.

ACN – v. 13 #4,5 – The virtual AAC-RERC.
This issue provides an update of projects underway at Duke University, Penn State University, Temple University, University at Buffalo, University of Nebraska and University of North Carolina. In addition, it describes the AAC-RERC website.

ACN - v. 13 #3 – CADL on CPA.
This issue describes the Communication and Assistive Device Laboratory (CADL) at the University at Buffalo. Specifically, the focus on the issue in on communication performance assessment.

ACN v. 13 #1,2 – Year 2 update of progress of the AAC-RERC.
This issue provides an update all AAC-RERC research and development projects.

ACN v. 12 #6 -- Improving AAC technologies for young children.
This issue provides information about ongoing work at Penn State University regarding the organization and representation of language on AAC devices for young children.

ACN - v. 12 #4,5 – Dissemination and training.
This issue describes the information on the AAC-RERC website that relates to recent Medicare funding for AAC devices (Speech Generating Devices--SGDs).

ACN - v.12 #3 --- University of Nebraska Projects.
This article highlights three exciting projects related to elderly people who use AAC (David Beukelman, principal investigator). Published August, 1999.

ACN - v.12 #1 & #2 --- Six of Sixty Months
This issue highlights the ACETS project at Temple University (Diane Bryen, principal investigator) and Tech-Watch projects at Duke University (Kevin Caves and Frank DeRuyter, principal investigators). Published June, 1999.

ACN - v.11 #6 --- Three Projects
This issue highlights projects that have the potential to change how we think about (1) providing language on displays and devices (Penn State, principal investigator Janice Light), (2) strategies for promoting the successful employment of AAC users (Penn State, principal investigator David McNaughton) and (3) measuring communication rate during interactive exchanges in ways that give us better comparative data about the effectiveness of different device and display features (University of Buffalo, Jeff Higginbotham, principal investigator). Published February, 1999.

ACN - v11 #4 & #5 --- AAC-RERC Goes "Virtual."
This article gives an overview of the five-year NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) on Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC). Published December, 1998.


For more information, please contact the AAC-RERC, Box 3888, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC 27710. Phone: 919-681-9983; FAX: 919-681-9984; Web link:

NOTE: This AAC-RERC section is partially funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research of the Department of Education under grant number H133E9 0026. The opinions are those of the grantee and do not necessarily reflect those of the U.S. Department of Education.

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