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ACN: AAC in Today's Classrooms - Vol. 20 #4
(December 2008) 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.
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Clinical News: Principles for classrooms with students who use AAC
For Consumers: Classroom strategies: Dos and dont's
University Research: Practically Speaking
AAC-RERC: The Accessible Literacy Learning (ALL) curriculum
Resources & References
ACN: Communication Access for People with Complex Communication Needs - Vol. 20 #3
(September 2008) This issue seeks to expand the boundaries of our thinking about the rights of people with complex communication needs (CCN). Without the right to communication access, there is no equality for people with CCN and too few are included in their communities.
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Clinical News: Communication access for people who rely on AAC
Governmental: The UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities
For Consumers: Communication assistants: Human supports for communication access
AAC-RERC: The Human Element
Resources & References
ACN: Emerging AAC - Vol. 20 #1 & #2
(June 2008) This issue focuses on ways each of us can support our colleagues who are in the early stages of developing AAC resources in their cities, states and nations.
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University & Research: Getting started in emerging AAC areas: What do we know?
Clinical News: The Bridge School Teacher-in-Residence Program
Governmental: ISAAC's EAN committee and Build-AAC project
AAC-RERC: AAC-RERC Webcast Series: Educating through consumer appeal
Resources & References
ACN: Complex Humanitarian Emergencies (CHEs) - Vol. 19 #4
(December 2007/January 2008) Call to action for people who rely on AAC to have disaster plans in place. This issue gives resources and information to be prepared.
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Complex humanitarian emergencies (CHEs)
World disasters and humanitarian emergencies: Unheard voices

Perspective: Person with CCN
Next time, I'll be ready

Perspective: Family
A Gulf family's odyssey

Perspective: Educator
Rebuilding an infrastructure

Governmental
Some "need to knows"

Resources & References
ACN: AAC research and development: Having an impact - Vol. 19 #3
(October-November 2007) Considers the potential impact of research and development (R&D) activities funded through the RERC on Communication Enhancement, known as the AAC-RERC. We site examples of how, over the past nine years, the knowledge gleaned from AAC-RERC projects has influenced the design of speech generating devices (SGDs) and, in so doing, the lives of people with CCN.
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University & Research
AAC research and development: Having an impact

Case Example #1
AAC technologies for beginning communicators

Case Example #2
AAC technologies for people with aphasia and traumatic brain injury

Case Example #3
Literacy and AAC

Resources & References
AS: Life-Long Learning - Vol. 9 #3
(September 2007) This issue of AS focuses on how individuals who rely on AAC can develop their intellectual abilities and increase their knowledge of the world.
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The Learning Experience
Message from the editor
Learning from Role Models
Learning in Cyberspace
Williams Thrives on Evolution of AAC
Topics:

AAC-RERC   Adults   Children   Education   Technology  
ACN: Digitized Speech Generating Devices (SGDs) - Vol. 19 #2
(July 2007) Focuses on digitized speech devices, which range in size, shape, cost and complexity.
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For Consumers
Using digitized SGDs

Equipment
Types of digitized SGDs

On the Web
AAC TechConnect

Clinical News
SGDs and young children: Rethinking basic assumptions

AAC-RERC
Webcasts on AAC technologies and young children

Resources & References
AS: Community, Support and AAC - Vol. 9 #2
(June 2007) This issue focuses on the need for support for people who rely on AAC. It covers the unique kinds of daily and occasional supports that can be given
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In the Spotlight: Community, Support and AAC
Friends and Relations: On the Balance
Out and About: Learning through Trial and Error
Raves & Reviews: The Journey
AAC-RERC: Transitions to Independence
Topics:

AAC-RERC   Adults   Advocacy   Policy  
ACN: AAC for adults with acute and chronic medical conditions - Vol. 19 #1
(February 2007) Describes the use of AAC approaches and related assistive technologies (AT) by people who acquire severe communication impairment as a result of disease or injuries during adolescence or adulthood.
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AAC in the ICU
Based on chapter two by Garrett, Hepp, Costello & Fried-Oken2

Brainstem Impairment
Based on chapter three by Culp, Beukelman & Fager14

Traumatic Brain Injury
Based on chapter five by Fager, Doyle & Karantounis22

Spinal Cord Injury
Based on chapter four by Britton & Baarslag-Benson30

Dementia
Based on chapter eight by Bourgeois & Hickey36

MS, PD, and HD
Based on chapter ten by Yorkston & Beukelman43

ACN: Funding - Vol. 18 #4
(December 2006) This issue focuses on government funding for AAC devices around the world, and gives information about ten U.S. funding sources.
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Clinical News: Ten U.S. Funding Programs
On the Web: www.AACFundingHelp.com
Governmental: Funding Around the World
References & Resources
ACN: Modeling use of AAC - Vol. 18 #3
(September 2006) This issue focuses on the affects of modeling behavior. Modeling is not just a matter of imitation, but often is an intentional instructional strategy, and this kind of instruction plays a crucial role for many individuals learning augmentative and alternative communication skills.
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For Consumers: Seeing is believing
Clinical News: The role of modeling in AAC
Types of Modeling: Approaches to AAC instruction
University & Research: The effects of modeling aided AAC
Training Partners: Learning more about what to do
AAC-RERC: Announcing the ACETS Training Guide
Resources & References
AS: Choking and AAC - Vol. 9 #1
(April 2006) This issue focuses on the topic of choking or aspiration pneumonia and eating problems.
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In the Spotlight: Choking & AAC
Friends and Relations: Individuals take charge
Out and About: Working together for change
Raves & Reviews: An unfortunate event
AAC-RERC: ACOLUG: AAC On-line
ACN: State of the Science Conference (SOSC) - Vol. 18 #1
(April 2006) This issue highlights content from six AAC-RERC SOSC presentations and some of the wide-ranging discussions that followed each presentation.
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Principles: Blackstone, Williams and Wilkins
Access to AAC: Shane, Higginbotham, Russell and Caves
Inter-connectivity: DeRuyter and Caves
Beginning Communicators: Light and Drager
Adolescents/Adults with Developmental Disabilities: McNaughton and Bryen
Adults with Acquired Disabilities: Beukleman, Fager and Ball
Resources & References
Topics:

AAC-RERC   Adults   Children   Research   Technology  
ACN: Vision and AAC - Vol. 17 #4
(December 2005) This issue is to hoist a flag that says "Be on the lookout for vision problems".
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Cliical News-Vision and AAC
On the Web-What does the world look like?
Case Example#1-Jacob: Age 17
Case Example#2-Rebecca: Age 7
AAC-RERC- Webcast series: 2005 and 2006
Resources & References
AS: Mastering The Technology - Vol. 8 #3
(September 2005) This issue focuses on the results of a study on communication devices
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In the Spotlight: Mastering the Technology
Out and About: Tech 2010 Project recommendations
Friends and Relations: Tech 2010 Parents Talk
Raves & Reviews: My story of learning AAC
AAC-RERC: What is the AAC-RERC?
Topics:

AAC-RERC   Technology  
ACN: AAC and the Schools - Vol. 17 #3
(September 2005) This issue provides information on AAC in the school, and why literacy has been so elevated in theory and so neglected in practice. It also provides information on adults who have been through the educational system and literature about AAC in today's schools.
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Newsletter Contents:

Clinical News-ASHA's AAC Model Outreach Sites: Twenty years later
AAC-RERC-Comments on school experiences across four decades
University/Research-AAC services in the schools: A survey
Resources & References
ACN: Living with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) - Vol. 17 #2
(July 2005) This issue focuses on people with ALS and their closest communication partners, and highlights the tremendous difference that effective communication supports has on their lives.
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Social Networks-Interview: Living with ALS
Equipment-Tom's AAC system
AAC-RERC-Primary communication facilitators
A Fact Sheet-Communication Support
University & Research-ALS caregiver research
Case Example-Mr. G: A person with ALS
On the Web-SGD funding for people with ALS
AS: Rejection - Vol. 8 #2
(June 2005) This issue focuses on the rejection that people with disablities may feel when others look and act differently toward them.
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In the Spotlight: Who is that Masked Man?
Friends and Relations: Being Yourself
Out and About: Rejection
Raves & Reviews: The Big Box Incident
AAC-RERC: Visual Scene Displays
ACN: Transitions: Straight Talk - Vol. 17 #1
(April 2005) This issue focuses on the effects of transition periods in life on people who use AAC tools and strategies.
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Clinical News-The coming of age transition
AAC-RERC-Getting more out of school transition programs
For Consumers-Do not work on me!
On the Web-Resources:Coming of age transition
University/Research-Follow-up studies
Equipment-Transitions: Straight talk
Resources & References
AS: Writing from Experience - Vol. 8 #1
(March 2005) This issue focuses on writing and its role in the lives of people who rely on AAC.
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In the Spotlight-Writing from Experience
Friends and Relations-A day in the Life July 17, 1974
Out and About-A call to write
Raves & Reviews-Bill Rush (1955-2004)
AAC-RERC-The Writers Brigade: Year Two
ACN: Interior Dialogue and AAC - Vol. 16 #4
(December 2004) This issue is meant to encourage professionals in AAC to consider "interior dialoguing" as an important function of communication, and, therefore, one that warrants our attention.
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For Consumers-Interior dialogue and AAC
Clinical News-Inner language: One linguist's perspective
University/Research-Private speech and Down Syndrome
Equipment-Tools for augmenting interior dialogue
AAC-RERC-Telework to improve employment outcomes
Resources & References
ACN: Employment - Vol. 16 #3
(October 2004) This issue draws attention to the employment situation in AAC, and offers an update on some of the efforts underway.
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For Consumers-Perspectives on employment:AAC-RERC Writers Brigade, Great expectations, A decade of PEC@
Social Networks-The role of social networks in employment
International Perspectives-A preliminary survey
University/Research-Employment of individuals with ALS, ASD and CP
AAC-RERC-Telework, adult vocabulary and ACETS Online
ACN: Visual Scene Displays (VSDs) - Vol. 16 #2
(August 2004) VSD's, like other types of AAC displays, may be used to enhance communication on either low-tech boards or high-tech devices. This issue is meant to discuss how VDS can help address the needs of beginning communicators and individuals with significant cognitive and/or linguistic limitations.
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Clinical News-Visual Scene Displays
Beginning Communicators-Penn State projects
Adults with Aphasia-Nebraska project
Other Applications of VSD's:Beyond Conversation-Children's Hospital Boston projects
Prototype to Market
Resources and Select Articles and Chapters
AS: Where's the AAC in Democracy? - Vol. 7 #3
(June 2004) This issue focuses on adult activity that historically hasn't been expected of people who use AAC.
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In the Spotlight - Where's the AAC in Democracy?
Out and About - Trusting the Black Box
Friends and Relations - Picturing Ourselves Politically
Raves & Reviews - AAC and the Vote by Bob Williams
AAC-RERC - Active Citizens
Topics:

AAC-RERC   Advocacy   Policy  
AS: Love and Marriage - Vol. 7 #2
(May 2004) This issue takes a look at long-term, intimate relationships and marriage.
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In the Spotlight-Love and Marriage
Out and About-A conversation with James and Melissa
Friends and Relations-Rick Creech on Marriage
Raves & Reviews-So you want to get married?
AAC-RERC-Specialized Vocabulary
Topics:

AAC-RERC   Adults   Policy  
ACN: Access to Language Using AAC devices - Vol. 16 #1
(March 2004) This issue focuses on the importance of access to language and theuse of AAC devices.
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Clinical News-AAC access: Still a long way to go
For Consumers-Communicators on the front line
AAC-RERC-Access: A major theme for 2003-2008
Social Networks-Mr. R: Communicating with aphasia
AS: Multimodalities - Vol. 7 #1
(January 2004) This issue focuses on communication using multiple modes and selecting what to use with whom, where and when.
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In the Spotlight - Saying it Your Way
Friends and Relations - Total Communication by Martin Pistorius
Out and About - Not One Way to Communicate by Joe Hemphill
Raves & Reviews - Confessions of a Multi-Modal Man by Michael B. Williams
AAC-RERC - Spread the Word by Johana Schwartz
AS: Speaking Out Against Abuse - Vol. 6 #3
(December 2003) This issue focuses on ending the silence of abuse and looks at some experiences people who use AAC reported.
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In the Spotlight - Speaking Out Against Abuse
Friends and Relations - Recognizing Danger by Leigh Lightholder
Out and About - Speaking Out: Access to Vocabulary by Sarah E. Lever
Raves & Reviews - The Speak Up Project
AAC-RERC - SOSC Papers
ACN: Individuals With Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) - Vol. 15 #4
(November 2003) This issue clarifies the rationale for, and impact of, using a broad range of AAC strategies to improve the communication outcomes of individuals with ASD.
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Newsletter Contents:

Clinical News-Overview and update
For Consumers-FAQs about AAC and Autsim Spectrum Disorders (ASD)
Equipment-Using AAC to foster communication skills
Case Examples-Individuals with ASD
AAC-RERC-2003-2008: Electronic Screen Media and Intelligent Agents
Resources & References
ACN: The Internet and Its Offspring - Vol. 15 #3
(August 2003) This issue promotes the Internet as a valuable resource for all AAC stakeholders and discusses universal access and barriers to using Speech Generating devices as an Internet interface.
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For Consumers: The Internet and its Offspring
AT/AAC enABLES: http://depts.washington.edu/enables
Clinical News: Teaching and learning about AAC
Equipment: Manufacturer sites
Governmental: Access for all
AAC-RERC: Use of the Internet in AAC research
Topics:

AAC-RERC   Policy   Technology  
AS: The Conference Experience - Vol. 6 #2
(June 2003) This issue explores why someone who relies on AAC to communicate would willingly bear the expense and trouble intrinsic in traveling with a disability to participate in an AAC conference.
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In the Spotlight - The Conference Experience
Out and About - Journey from Cape Town by Graham Clarke
Friends and Relations - Working a conference by Tracy Rackensperger
Raves & Reviews - A Spirit of Adventure by Meredith Allan
AAC-RERC - State of the Science in AAC
Topics:

AAC-RERC   Adults  
ACN: Social Networks - Vol. 15 #2
(April 2003) Introduces a dynamic new tool: Social Networks: a Communication Inventory for Individuals with Complex Communication Needs and their Communication Partners and explains how to it can be used in AAC assessments, intervention planning and outcomes measurement.
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Newsletter Contents:

Clinical News - Social Networks: What is it? Why use it?
The CCP Paradigm
Modes of Communication - Everything counts
Types of communication - A communication continuum
The SN Inventory - Step-by-step
Case examples - three examples
AAC-RERC - Nothing about us without us
ACN: Systems Change in AAC - Vol. 15 #1
(December 2002/January 2003) Spotlights programs that model systems change in AAC service delivery, including an adult day program, a public school special education program, a graduate training program and a program changing public policy.
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Clinical News - Making inroads: Systems change in AAC
Case Example #1 - Facilitating changes in AAC service delivery
Case Example #2 - AAC systems change in higher education
Case Example #3 - An AAC-based program for children with autism
Case Example #4 - Promoting AAC systems change in Thailand and Canada
AAC-RERC - Technology transfer in AAC
ACN: Talking Photo Albums - Vol. 14 #6
(November 2002) This issue provides information on the many low-cost, digitized speech devices that can help individuals with complex communication needs.
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Equipment-Recordable Photo Albums and other inexpensive, digitized speech devices
Clinical News-Using TPAs in creative ways
University & Research-Using TPAs as training tools
On the Web-Sites. Strategies for using inexpensive, digitized speech devices
AAC-RERC-Virtues of Virtuality?
ACN: Evidence-based Practice and AAC - Vol. 14 #4 & #5
(July 2002) This issue provides information on evidence-based practice (EBP) and implications for the field of AAC.
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Newsletter Contents:

Clinical News-Evidence-based practice: A next step for AAC clinicians?
On the Web-EBP websites
ACN Survey-ASHA SID-12 survey on EBP
AAC-RERC-The evidence: Organizing language in AAC technologies for young children
University/Research-EBP: An illustration
In Review-In press: Books on EBP
AS: Talking About College - Vol. 6 #1
(March 2002) This issue focuses on the college journey for people with complex communication needs
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In the Spotlight - Talking About College
Out and About - A Semester Abroad by Fiona Given
Friends and Family - My College Experience by Tracy Rackensperger
Raves & Reviews - An Unexpected Education by Diana U. Lara
AAC-RERC - Learning About AAC
Topics:

AAC-RERC   Adults   Children   Education  
ACN: Developmental Apraxia of Speech - Vol. 14 #2 & #3
(December 2001) This issue considers what we know and don't know about children with developmental apraxia of speech (DAS), and the role that AAC techniques play in helping these children communicate more effectively.
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For Consumers-Developmental apaxia of speech
On the Web-Information sources for parents and professionals
Clinical News-Differential diagnosis: DAS and phonologic delay
Case Example-An AAC program for children with DAS
University & Research-Three empirical studies
The AAC-RERC-Across space and time: 2002 Interactive Lecture Series in AAC
ACN: Funding of Speech Generating Devices (SGDs) - Vol. 13 #6 & #14
(October 2001) This issue focuses on Speech Generating Devices (SGD's), funding for them and the new Medicare-related SGD protocol.
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Clinical News-Assessment protocol for SGDs
Governmental-Funding process for SGDs
Equipment-Medicare reimbursement for SGDs
Case Example #1-Person with dysarthria Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS
Case Example #2-Person with dysarthria Developmental disability (DD)
Case Example #3-Person with apraxia/aphasia Cerebral Vascular accident (CVA)
AAC-RERC-State of the Science Conference on Communication Enhancement
ACN: Progress within the AAC-RERC - Vol. 13 #4 & #5
(July 2001) This issue summarizes the progress being made within the AAC-RERC.
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On the Web-www.aac-rerc.com
Duke University-Duke projects
Penn State University-Pennsylvania State projects
Temple University-Temple projects
University at Buffalo-University at Buffalo projects
University of Nebraska-University of Nebraska projects
University of North Carolina-University of North Carolina projects
Topics:

AAC-RERC   Adults   Children   Research  
AS: Give Me Shelter/Housing - Vol. 5 #3
(February 2001) This issue focuses on finding a living situation that meets your current and future needs.
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In the Spotlight - Give Me Shelter
Out and About - AAC and Housing Issues by Randy Kitch
AAC-RERC - ACETS for Work; An AAC-RERC Report
Friends and Relations - Living Independently by Fiona Givens
Raves & Reviews - Alternative Housing by Graham Clarke
Topics:

AAC-RERC   Adults   Advocacy   Policy  
ACN: Communication Performance Assessment (CPA) - Vol. 13 #3
(November 2000) This issue is about communication performance assessment (CPA) in the area of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC).
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Newsletter Contents:

Expert Opinions-A consensus of experience
Clinical News-Use of CPA in AAC
Equipment-ADL in AAC devices
Governmental-Heads up!
AAC-RERC-CADL on CPA
Resources
AS: Privacy and AAC - Vol. 5 #2
(September 2000) This issue casts highlights privacy and related issues that affect people with complex communication needs.
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In the Spotlight - Privacy and AAC
Out and About - Securing Confidentiality in DynaVox and DynaMite
AAC-RERC - Problems and Solutions in Data Logging
Friends and Relations - Confidentiality Issues in Speech to Speech
Raves & Reviews - A Word About Privacy
AS: What's an RERC? - Vol. 5 #1
(June 2000) This issue focuses on the RERC and AAC technologies.
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Newsletter Contents:

In the Spotlight - What's an RERC
Message from the Editor
Out and About - Consumers Talk, Researchers Listen
Raves & Reviews - AAC-RERC Across the Ages by Mick Joyce
Friends and Relations - The RERC Family
Topics:

AAC-RERC   Research   Technology  
AS: Aging and AAC - Vol. 4 #3
(March 2000) This issue focuses on the aging process and AAC.
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Newsletter Contents:

In the Spotlight - Aging and AAC by Mick Joyce
Out and About - Internet Links on Aging with a Disability by Mick Joyce
Friends and Relations - Healthy Aging by Mick Joyce
Raves & Reviews - Dependency by Bill Lee
AAC-RERC - AAC-RERC: Projects on Aging
ACN: Gestures and AAC - Vol. 13 #1 & #2
(January-March 2000) This issue focuses on gestures and how they can play many roles in enhancing the communicative competencies of someone who relies on AAC.
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Clinical News-Gestures in AAC
Case Examples-Carlos and Billy
For Consumers-Myths and realities
Assessment-Assessing gestures
Intervention-Teaching gestures
On the Web-Websites on gestures
The AAC-RERC-RERC projects: Year 2 update
ACN: AAC in Young Children - Vol. 12 #6
(December 1999) This issue focuses on the use of AAC with young children. It summarizes the results of an ACN survey about the use of AAC with very young children whose speech is delayed.
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Clinical News-AAC approaches for infants and toddlers
University/Research-Role of speech input and output in effective AAC treatment
Equipment-For young children
AAC-RERC-Improving AAC technologies for young children
Resources & References
ACN: Medicare - Vol. 12 #4 & #5
(August -October 1999) This issue tells of ongoing efforts in the United States to enable people who need AAC devices to get them.
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Upfront-Making a difference for people who rely on AAC: The Medicare story
For Consumers-Medicare coverage of AAC devices
The AAC-RERC-Dissemination and training
Clinical News-AAC assessment: Clinical decision making and clinical indicators
Equipment-AAC device categories
Governmental-Proposed National Coverage. Decision for AAC Devices
On the Web-Http://www.AugComInc.com
ACN: AAC and Older Adults - Vol. 12 #3
(June 1999) This issue addresses the AAC intervention needs of individuals who acquire severe communication impairments as they age.
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For Consumers-Baby boomers head for Golden Pond
Clinical News-AAC for older adults
Equipment-AAC devices for older adults
AAC-RERC-University of Nebraska projects
Governmental-Medicare update
References
ACN: Communication Partners - Vol. 12 #1 & #2
(April 1999) This issue focuses on the communication partners of individuals who use AAC and considers how to approach their needs for training and support.
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Clinical News-Communication Partners
On the Web-E-mail survey
For Consumers-Different strokes for different folks
Equipment-Training materials
Governmental-Parallels to the deaf community
The AAC-RERC-Six of sixty (months)
ACN: Emerging Areas - Vol. 11 #6
(December 1998) This issue focuses on the role of the AAC community in spreading information and resources to parts of the world where AAC techniques, strategies and devices are just beginning to be recognized in medical, educational and community service delivery systems.
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Case Examples-Getting there from here
Clinical News-Working in unfamiliar places
Equipment-AAC travel kit
AAC-RERC-Three new projects
Governmental-Emerging Countries Committee
References & Resources
ACN: Auditory Scanning - Vol. 11 #4 & #5
(October 1998) This issue focuses on Auditory Scanning, a communication technique designed to address the needs of individuals with severe speech, motor and visual impairments.
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Newsletter Contents:

Clinical News-Auditory Scanning(AS)
On the Web-AS Website and AS list serv
Equipment-AS devices and features
For Consumers-A survey of 28 AS users
Case Examples-A closer look
The AAC-RERC-AAC-RERC goes "virtual"
Governmental-Medicare and AAC devices

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