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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: 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
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
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: 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  
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: Four Stages of Knowing: A Paradigm for AAC Information Exchange - Vol. 11 #3
(June 1998) This issue gives information about a paradigm that can guide the need people have for different types of information about AAC.
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For Consumers-Four Stages of Knowing: A Paradigm for AAC Information Exchange
Clinical News-Resources for Clinicians
University & Research-Journals and Books
Governmental-International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication
Equipment-AAC devices
On the Web-ACOLUG: Listserv for AAC users
ACN: The Arts and AAC - Vol. 10 #5 & #6
(December 1997) This issue explores the important role of the arts (music, visual arts, performing arts, literature) in the lives of individuals who have severe speech and/or writing difficulties.
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For Consumers-AAC users and the arts
Clinical News-The arts in intervention
Equipment-Arts and technology in AAC
Exemplary Programs-Very Special Arts
Governmental-National Standards for Arts Education
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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Newsletter Contents:

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
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
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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Newsletter Contents:

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: Literacy - Vol. 1 #2
(June 1994) This issue focuses on literacy and how it is a very powerful tool
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Newsletter Contents:

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: Hearing and Listening - Vol. 5 #5
(September 1992) This issue focuses on the importance of considering the status of hearing and listening for each individual who uses AAC techniques.
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Newsletter Contents:

For Consumers-Consideration of hearing and listening for persons who use AAC techniques
Equipment-Beyond hearing aids: Assistive listening devices
Clinical News-Strategies for enhancing hearing and listening
Governmental-Americans with Disabilities Act Titles II and III: Implications for people with communication problems
University & Research-What AAC manufacturers could do to enhance listening
ACN: Intervention with Partner's of AAC consumers - Vol. 4 #2
(March 1991) This issue highlights a critical component of AAC interaction, i.e., "training partners," "facilitator training," "parent training," "peer training" and other variations around the theme of preparing people to interact with individuals who use AAC aids and techniques.
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Newsletter Contents:

For Consumers - Takes at least "two" to Tango: Spotlighting the partners of persons who use AAC techniques
Clinical News - It's no small commitment! Training partners to facilitate communicative interaction
Equipment - A peek at products you may have missed
Governmental - AAC organizations: A role in partner training?
University and Research - South Australia's Regency Park Centre
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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Newsletter Contents:

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: Persons with Severe/Profound Mental Challenges - Vol. 3 #3
(May 1990) This issue focuses on adults with severe and profound mental challenges who have spent a majority of their life in large institutions and on younger individuals who have also been set apart.
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Newsletter Contents:

For Consumers - Persons with severe/profound mental challenges (SPMC)
Equipment - Desirable features and useful technologies
Clinical News - Principles, processes, and strategies: A glimpse
Governmental - Making money and keeping it!
University and Research - Institute on Disability at the University of New Hampshire
ACN: Graphic Symbols - Vol. 3 #2
(March 1990) This issue is about graphic symbols. It is also about rethinking some basic assumptions with regard to language and cognitive issues.
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For Consumers - Graphic symbols for communication, language, and learning
Equipment - Graphic symbol sets and systems: Some current tools and a glimpse at the future
Clinical News - Decisions, decisions, decisions: Careful.....!
Governmental - Title 2 Monies in U.S. Ready your projects!
University and Research - The Institute for Rehabilitation Research in the Netherlands
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: 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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Newsletter Contents:

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...
ACN: Light Pointing - Vol. 1 #2
(May 1988) This issue features the use of light pointers.
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Newsletter Contents:

Clinical News - Light pointing - Abandoned too soon? Opinions and suggestions from the field
Equipment - Light pointers - features and commercial products
For Consumers - USSAAC - the U.S. Chapter of ISAAC
Governmental - The Tech Bills: a time for action
University and Research - Purdue University's AAC Program

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