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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
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: False Beliefs and Misconceptions about AAC - Vol. 18 #2
(June 2006) This issue addresses some of the misconceptions people have about AAC and provides information that can be used to respond to the frequently expressed concerns of family members and professionals.
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Young Children: False beliefs, widely held
Adults with Acquired Disabilities: Myths and misconceptions
Equipment: It ain't necessarily so
On the Web: AT/AAC enABLES
References & Resources
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
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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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: 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: 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: 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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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: 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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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: 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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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: 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: 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
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: 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)
AS: Notes on Education - Vol. 4 #2
(June 1998) This issue is about the importance of education
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In the Spotlight - Notes on Education
Friends and Relations - Silence is not Golden
Out and About - More than a Mentor
Raves & Reviews - Going out on a Limb
Young Voices - An Internet Connection
ACN: Language Output and Uptake - Vol. 10 #2
(April 1997) This issue focuses on output (the quantity and quality of communication a child produces in natural contexts) and uptake (the extent to which language forms, in concert with other modes of communication, are understood by a child's caregivers and other communication partners).
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Clinical News-Supporting output and uptake
Signals & Symbols-Graphic, vocal and gestural modes
Play-Non-linguistic mode & intervention context
Speech Output-Synthesized & digitized modes
University & Research-AAC precursors
ACN: Language Input and Intake - Vol. 10 #1
(April 1997) The issue informs and challenges the field to pay more attention to the early language learning process, focusing on input (the amount and type of language a child is exposed to overtime in natural contexts) and intake (language the child is able to attach meaning to over time).
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Governmental-The intake's connected to the input
For Consumers-Language-based paradigms for AAC
Clinical News-Language input and intake in AAC
University & Research-Comprehending graphic symbols
Equipment-A tool for assessing comprehension
AS: Talking on the Telephone - Vol. 3 #3
(March 1997) This issue focuses on strategies for using the telephone if you have difficulty speaking.
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In the Spotlight - Talking on the telephone
Friends and Relations - Speech to speech
Out and About - The Virtual Life
Raves & Reviews - In Praise of Mobility
Young Voices - Top Ten Reasons to use the telephone
ACN: Conventional Literacy - Vol. 9 #4
(August 1996) This issue shines the spotlight on the acquisition of conventional literacy skills in individuals who use augmentative and alternative communication techniques.
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For Consumers - What's standing in the way?
Governmental - Literacy Bill of Rights
Clinical News - Assessment of literacy skills in persons who use AAC
University and Research - What the research says
Equipment - Two examples: Learning to read and write, Reading and writing to learn
ACN: Emergent Literacy - Vol. 9 #3
(June 1996) This issue focuses on the development of emergent literacy skills in individuals who use AAC.
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Clinical News - AAC and emergent literacy
For Consumers - Summon the troops
University and Research - Next steps in emergent literacy research
Governmental - International Literacy Day: September 8th
Equipment - Emergent literacy materials
AS: Mentoring - Vol. 3 #2
(June 1996) This issue focuses on the role of mentoring and mentoring relationships.
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In the Spotlight - Mentoring
Friends and Relations - The Good Life
Out and About - Keys to Leadership
Raves & Reviews - Charles, Jackie and Me
Young Voices - About Mentoring
Topics:

Adults   Children   Clinical issues  
ACN: Inclusion 2 - Vol. 8 #6
(December 1995) The issue continues the focus on inclusive education begun in the last issue (Volume 8, No. 5).
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Governmental - Inclusive education: The legal test
For Consumers - Supporting parents and family members
Clinical News - Helping: The right kind
Equipment - Using technology to support inclusion
AS: Talking About Us - Vol. 2 #4
(December 1995) This issue focuses on how "other" people react to us with AAC
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In the Spotlight - Talking About Us
Out and About - This is Entertainment?
Friends and Family - Tips from Lenny
Raves & Reviews - Words About Words
Young Voices - What is Normal?
ACN: Inclusion 1 - Vol. 8 #5
(October 1995) The purpose of this issue is not to argue that children who use AAC should be in inclusive education
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University & Research - What's the verdict?
Equipment - Technology and inclusion
Governmental - ASHA takes a stand squarely in the middle
Clinical News - Introducing AAC to classmates
AS: The Internet and AAC - Vol. 2 #3
(October 1995) This issue shares information on the Internet and how it can help individuals with complex communication needs
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In the Spotlight - The Internet and AAC
OUt and About - Speaking Out Through On-line Services
Friends and Relations - Kids in Cyberspace
Raves & Reviews - Resources to Get you Surfing
Young Voices - What can kids do on the internet?
Topics:

Adults   Children   Technology  
ACN: Effective Team Procedures - Vol. 8 #4
(September 1995) This issue focuses on the ways effective AAC teams can (1) work cooperatively to solve the range of problems they may face and (2) take steps that lead to successful outcomes.
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AAC Teams - 2,4,6,8, How do we collaborate?
Building Consensus - Brainstorming & Storyboarding: Communication needs, skills, abilities, goals and more
Action Planning - Who does what, by when? Accountability
Participation Planning - Hour by hour; Day by day
Time to Specify - Selecting AAC devices and assistive technology
AS: AAC Summer Programs - Vol. 2 #2
(July 1995) This issue focuses on AAC summer programs and tips for traveling.
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In the Spotlight - AAC Summer Programs
Out and About - Come Fly with Me
Friends and Relations - Summertime Blues
Raves & Reviews - The Doctor and the Reporter
Young Voices - What Did You Like About AAC Camp?
Topics:

Children   Clinical issues  
ACN: Angelman Syndrome - Vol. 8 #3
(June 1995) This issue focuses on the use of AAC techniques and technologies with children who have Angelman Syndrome (AS).
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For Consumers - Angelman Syndrome (AS) & AAC
Clinical News - Augmentative communication across the life span in AS
Equipment - Low and high tech strategies across the life span
Governmental - Support groups for persons with AS
University & Research - What are the questions?
AS: Literacy - Vol. 1 #2
(June 1994) This issue focuses on literacy and how it is a very powerful tool
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In the Spotlight:Literacy: The Key to Freedom
Friends and Relations:Literacy Support in the Home
Out and About:Going to the Library
Raves & Reviews: Dr. K and Mr. Hyde
Young Voices: Why should people learn to read?
ACN: Employment - Vol. 6 #4
(September 1993) This issue focuses on employment of people who use AAC technologies and strategies.
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For Consumers - What do you want to be when you grow up?
University & Research - Information about AAC users who are currently employed
Clinical News - ACN survey results: Perceptions on employment in AAC
Equipment - ACN survey results: Technology and employment of people who use AAC
Governmental - U.S. law and employment: Let's get it straight
Topics:

Adults   Children   Clinical issues   Policy  
ACN: Adolescence - Vol. 6 #3
(July 1993) This issue is about the experience of being an adolescent and an AAC user.
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For Consumers - Reflections of AAC users on their adolescence
Clinical News - Intervention with adolescents: The real stuff is on the inside
University & Research - Activities in Portugal: The first AAC Ibero-American Congress
Governmental - TIDE: The European Community's rehabilitation technology projects
Equipment - Materials appropriate for adolescence: A place to start
ACN: Language - Vol. 5 #4
(July 1992) This issue focuses on language and the language learning process.
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For Consumers-AAC and the language learning process: Issues and Concerns
Clinical News-Master clinicians' and researchers' views on the AAC language learning process
International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ISAAC): An umbrella organization
Equipment-Materials for facilitating language learning a la Musselwhite
University and Research-1992 ISAAC Research Symposium: Proceedings for all
ACN: AAC and Autism - Vol. 4 #5
(September 1991) The issue presents information about autism and the role of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) in the intervention programs of persons with autism.
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For Consumers - What does AAC have to offer persons with autism?
Clinical News - AAC approaches to Autism: Facilitated communication, Functional communication, Picture exchange
Governmental - Clarifying U.S. assistive technology policies: Office of Special Education Rehabilitation Services Administration
Equipment - Intervention materials
University and Research - Canada's Rehabilitation Technology Research & Development Consortium
ACN: Assistive Technology in the Classroom - Vol. 3 #6
(November 1990) This issue focuses on the application of assistive technologies in classrooms with students of all ages.
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Clinical News - Assistive technology in classrooms: Beyond communication devices
Equipment - Stationary and portable work stations in the classroom
For Consumers - Poignant voices from the printed page
Governmental - Assistive technology's role in law enforcement!
University and Research - CALL Centre: University of Edinburgh, Scotland
ACN: AAC with Infants, Toddlers, and Preschool Children - Vol. 3 #1
(January 1990) This issue focuses on the application of AAC with infants, toddlers, and preschool children.
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For Consumers - AAC...A viable approach to prevention
Clinical News - How the experts see it. Goals, strategies, and guidelines for early AAC intervention
Equipment - Tools of the trade: It's all in the application
Governmental - Australia's AAC community: The state of Victoria
ACN: AAC after Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) - Vol. 2 #6
(11/30/1989) The primary focus of this issue is the role of AAC in the lives of individuals who have sustained severe brain injuries as a result of a trauma.
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For Consumers - Life after brain injury is never the same...
Clinical News - AAC's role in recovery from TBI: Issues and practices
Equipment - The role communication aids play
Governmental - Glimpse of Down Under: Part 1, New Zealand (NZ)
University and Research - The Assistive Device Center: California State University-Sacramento
ACN: Integration of People who use AAC - Vol. 2 #5
(September 1989) This issue focuses on integrating AAC users into our educational system, the world of work, our communities, and the mainstream of society.
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For Consumers - Making integration the only option
Clinical News - Making integration work in the real world
Equipment - The role technology plays in integration
Governmental - U.S. Law: Insuring an individual's right to integration
University and Research - The State University of New York at Buffalo
ACN: Apraxia: In Search of Better Solutions - Vol. 2 #2
(March 1989) This issue focuses on important issues and controversies surrounding "Ambulatory individuals" with apraxia of speech (DAS).
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For Consumers - Individuals with Developmental Apraxia of Speech (DAS)
Clinical News - Issues Affecting Clinical Practice
University and Research - The University of Minnesota's Augmentative Communication Program
Equipment - Communication Aids and Applications for Ambulatory Individuals
Governmental - "Life After 21" Regional Information Exchange Programs in U.S.
ACN: Reading, Writing and Reasoning - Vol. 2 #1
(January 1989) This issue highlights literacy, a topic that is receiving attention not only in AAC, but throughout the world.
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Clinical News - Literacy development & remediation in AAC: Scratching the Surface
For Consumers - Reports from families and consumers
Equipment - Software and materials for literacy development and/or remediation
University and Research - Micro-computer Centre at the University of Dundee in Scotland
Governmental - As Washington turns...

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