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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
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
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
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: 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: 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
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
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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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: 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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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
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: 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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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: Aging and AAC - Vol. 4 #3
(March 2000) This issue focuses on the aging process and AAC.
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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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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
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
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: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis - Vol. 11 #1 & #2
(April 1998) This issue focuses on people with ALS/MND and highlights the use of AAC for people experiencing difficulty speaking and writing.
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For Consumers-Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
University & Research-Outcomes of AAC intervention in ALS
Clinical News-Staying ahead of the curve
Equipment-High tech communication solutions
Governmental-Communication Independence for the Neurologically Impaired (CINI)
On the Web-ALS Websites
AS: Augmented Communicators on Work - Vol. 4 #1
(March 1998) This issue is about getting and keeping a job.
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In the Spotlight - Augmented Communicators on Work
Out and About - Talking to Employers
Friends and Relations - Beyond Work
Raves & Reviews - Think Big
Young Voices - Heading for Work
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: Voice Output Communication Aids (VOCAs) - Vol. 10 #3 & #4
(August 1997) This issue highlights breakthroughs in speech synthesized and digitized technology, which have opened doors to communication for people around the world.
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For Consumers-Speech output: Seven AAC users
Clinical News: Speech output: Four clinical programs
Governmental-Medicare AACtion: A systems change initiative
University & Research-Speech output: What the research tells us
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: AAC and the Internet - Vol. 9 #6
(December 1996) This issue considers the emerging relationship between people who use AAC and the Internet.
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Clinical News - The Internet: What's the big deal?
For Consumers - Part I: The challenge of getting online, Part II: Designing accessible web pages
Governmental - AAC in Latin America: Making connections
University & Research - AAC education online
Equipment - Access to the World Wide Web
ACN: Speech Language Pathologists and their Caseloads - Vol. 9 #5
(October 1996) This issue focuses on speech-language pathologists who work in the area of AAC.
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SLP caseloads - What do SLPs do? ASHA 1995 Omnibus survey
SLPs doing AAC - Two Nebraska surveys: School and health-care settings
Example #1 - Time study and caseload allocation: Large institution for adults
Example #2 - Time study and caseload allocation: Public school setting
Example #3 - Time study and caseload allocation: Children's rehabilitation facility
Topics:

Advocacy   Clinical issues   Policy  
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: Aging - Vol. 9 #2
(April 1996) This issue focuses on aging and AAC practices with persons in their "third thirty" ages 60-90 years.
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For Consumers - The third thirty: Keep on communicating!
Clinical News - Who can benefit? Storytelling and poetry
Equipment - Making technology user friendly
University & Research - Aging with cerebral palsy: An Australian study
Governmental - Australia: A happening place
AS: Consumer Satisfaction - Vol. 3 #1
(March 1996) This issue focuses on consumer satisfaction and whether someone who acquires equipment or services is satisfied with what he or she received.
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In the Spotlight - Consumer Satisfaction
Friends and Relations - Parent Surveys
Out and About - Beer, Blondes, and Bananas
Raves & Reviews - When the Satisfied Customer Isn't
Young Voices - Satisfaction
Topics:

Advocacy   Clinical issues   Policy  
ACN: Then and Now - Vol. 9 #1
(February 1996) This issue reflects a synthesis of opinions from colleagues, and provides a context upon which we can look back as we move forward.
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For Consumers - Then, now, and next steps
Clinical News - AAC strategies and approaches
Equipment - Wish lists 1990 and 1996
University & Research - Questions for researchers
Governmental - Crises pending: Action required
Topics:

Clinical issues   Policy  
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
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
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?
ACN: Repetitive strain/Stress Injuries and AAC - Vol. 8 #2
(April 1995) This issue highlight the risks associated with using computers and AAC devices, and advocates for the use of approaches that will protect AAC users from repetetive stress injuries (RSI) throughout their lives.
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For Consumers - Repetitive strain injuries and AAC
Clinical News - Finding safe controls: Considerations that guide decisions
Equipment - On-screen keyboards: More options
Governmental - Safety at work and in school
University & Research - The adaptive Technology Resource Centre at the University of Toronto
AS: Whose Outcome is it Anyway? - Vol. 2 #1
(March 1995) This issue talks about the forces that help shape an outcome in AAC
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In the Spotlight - Whose outcome is it anyway?
Out and About - The importance of going out
Friends and Relations - Ed Roberts: One tough vegetable
Raves & Reviews - Memories of measurement
Young Voices - How do you get what you want?
Topics:

Clinical issues   Policy  
ACN: AAC Outcomes - Vol. 8 #1
(February 1995) This issue focuses on desired outcomes of AAC services and devices and what we are doing to measure AAC outcomes
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Clinical News - AAC outcomes: Definitions & the WHO
For Consumers - AAC stakeholders: It's all relative
University & Research - Measurement of Outcomes
Governmental - AAC model policy: Medicaid coverage
Equipment - Manufacturer perspectives
ACN: Families and AAC - Vol. 7 #6
(December 1994) This issue focuses on families and AAC
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For consumers - Defining the term "family"
Clinical News - Family-centered: A shifting policy
Equipment - Tips for practitioners
Governmental - Impact of AAC devices on family functioning
University & Research - ISAAC's 1994 Research Symposium: Session on family-focused research
ACN: AAC and Vision - Vol. 7 #5
(September 1994) This issue focuses on sight and seeing.
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For Consumers - The ABC's of vision in AAC
Clinical News - Seeing: Issues and practices in AAC
Equipment - Symbols and devices for persons with Visual Impairment
Governmental - Groups solving problems
University & Research - RERC on Sensory aids at Smith-Kettlewell
ACN: Facilitated Communication - Vol. 7 #4
(July 1994) This issue focuses on Facilitated Communication, and what is currently known about FC training within a context of clinical practice and AAC
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For Consumers - Pointing poetry and protection
Governmental - Policy Statements in the United States
Clinical News - Read more, discover less: AAC and FC
University & Research - Beyond the message: What about the messenger
Equipment - Beyond the typewriter
Topics:

Clinical issues   Policy  
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: Adult Day Programs - Vol. 7 #3
(May 1994) This issue focuses on adult day programs and strategies a typical program might offer individuals with complex communication needs.
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For Consumers - Chapter One: The changing mission of adult day programs
Clinical News - The story: Doing meaningful things at adult day programs
Equipment - "Quick and Dirty:" Using AAC in adult day programs
Governmental - Helping at the international level
University & Research - The Institute for Rehabilitation Research (IRV) Hoensbroek, The Netherlands
AS: AAC 101: A Crash Course for Beginners - Vol. 1 #1
(April 1994) This issue focuses on "what is" augmentative and alternative communication.
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In the Spotlight - AAC 101: A crash course for beginners
Out and About - How do you say hamburger in AAC?
Friends and Relations - Getting in the mix
Young Voices - Children speak their minds
Raves & Reviews - A review of Stephen Hawking's latest book
ACN: Dynamic Displays - Vol. 7 #2
(March 1994) AAC devices are bringing more computer memory, smaller components, intelligible speech, high-resolution displays and color graphics to the field.
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Dynamic Displays - Dynamic Displays: An option for accessing language
Speech Output - Intelligible & affordable: A focus on recorded speech
Auditory Scanning - Characteristics of auditory scanning devices
Portability - It's smaller than a bread box and it talks, It's a ...!
Companies & devices - How to contact manufacturers of AAC devices
ACN: AAC Assessment - Vol. 7 #1
(January 1994) This issue focuses on the process of AAC Assessments.
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For Consumers - AAC assessment: Stakeholder views
Governmental - Nagi's Taxonomy of Disability: Helping to define the purpose of AAC assessments
Equipment - Equipment loan programs: A rationale
Clinical News - What master clinicians do and think
University & Research - Just an idea!
Topics:

Clinical issues  
ACN: Cerebral Palsy - Vol. 6 #5
(November 1993) This issue focuses on people with cerebral palsy (CP)and the major challenges and barriers they face every day.
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For Consumers - Cerebral Palsy (CP): What it means
Clinical News - A changing role: AAC and people with cerebral palsy
Equipment - Desired AAC device features
Governmental - The International Cerebral Palsy Society (ICPS)
University & Research - Drooling or sialorrhea
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: Cultural Diversity and the AAC Community - Vol. 6 #2
(May 1993) This issue is about culture, language, cultural diversity and acculturation.
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For Consumers - Cultural diversity and the AAC community
Clinical News - Dealing with cultural diversity and bilingual issues in our clinical practices
University and Research - Ethnographic research: A means of inquiry for AAC
Governmental - Projects funded by the National Institutes for Disability and Rehabilitation Research
Equipment - Speech output and culturally valid symbols
ACN: Communication Displays - Vol. 6 #1
(March 1993) This issue focuses on the design and construction of low-tech communication displays
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For Consumers - Low-Tech communication displays: Are we considering everything?
Clinical News - Designing displays: Hints and Examples
Governmental - Examining the cost factors in low tech devices
Equipment - Technology: Its constraints and extraordinary benefits
University and Research - AAC Program at Penn State University
ACN: AAC with People on Trachs and Mechanical Ventilators - Vol. 5 #6
(November 1992) This issue discusses the use of AAC with people on trachs and ventilators
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For Consumers-Snapshots of four people dependent on trachs and ventilators
Clinical News-Service delivery considerations:ICUs, ventilators & trachs for adults and children
Equipment-Equipment options: Speech and non-speech AC devices
Governmental-Practices in Eastern Europe: Observations from Carolyn Watkins
University & Research-The Rehabilitation Engineering Center, Children's Hospital at Stanford
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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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: 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: Abandonment of Equipment - Vol. 5 #3
(May 1992) This issue advocates for taking a "mindful" approach to the "widespread anecdotal reports of consumer dissatisfaction and the frequent abandonment of prescribed technological solutions" and look beyond the surface to explain how and why people may use AAC equipment over time.
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Newsletter Contents:

For Consumers - Abandonment of assistive technology: What consumers know and professionals need to find out
Clinical News - Assistive technology selection: Making it a consumer responsive process
Equipment - Performance evaluations: What's it all about?
Governmental - Some do it! Protecting consumers
University and Research - Request REC Equipment Evaluation and other projects National Rehabilitation Hospital
ACN: At Risk: AAC Centers of Excellence - Vol. 4 #6
(11/30/1991) This issue investigates why centers specializing in AAC, delivering assistive technology, and in particular, rehabilitation may be closing their doors.
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Clinical News - Effects of the Recession: Assistive technology centers specializing in AAC
Governmental - Rationing health-care: How will AAC fare?
For Consumers - Turning "mistakes" into better service delivery
Equipment - Some tidbits you might with to know
University and Research - Learning from the Great Apes: Language Research Center, Atlanta, Georgia
Topics:

Advocacy   Clinical issues   Policy  
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: Telecommunications - Vol. 4 #4
(July 1991) This issue focuses on telecommunications for persons with severe speech impairments.
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For Consumers - "Ring a ling a ling:" Is anyone there?
Equipment - Dimensions of telecommunication technologies
Clinical News - Strategies for tele-communicating
Governmental - World Institute for Disabilities: Blue Ribbon Panel on telecommunications
University and Research - COST 219 and other European Projects
ACN: Teaching People about Communication Devices - Vol. 4 #3
(May 1991) This issue is about how to teach people with complex communication needs to operate communication devices.
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For Consumers - Operational competence: An important perspective
Equipment - Manufacturer support to professionals and consumers
Clinical News - Issues related to technology training and trainers
Governmental - Increasing access to equipment
University and Research - Michigan State's Artificial Language Laboratory
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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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: Persons with Severe Aphasia - Vol. 4 #1
(January 1991) This issue highlights the use of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) techniques and strategies for those who have severe, chronic aphasia and whose speech is not sufficient to allow them to be independent verbal communicators in all situations.
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Newsletter Contents:

For Consumers - Aphasia and AAC: The nature of the relationship
Clinical News - Approaches to intervention for persons with severe aphasia
Equipment - AAC technology for individuals with severe aphasia
Governmental - Public policy and aphasia rehabilitation
University and Research - Rancho Los Amigos Medical Center
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: The Role of Rate in Communication - Vol. 3 #5
(September 1990) This issue focuses on the slow rate with which messages are constructed and conveyed by individuals who use communication aids and techniques and consider how "rate" affects factors relate to communication competence, but do not define competence.
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For Consumers - Examining issues of rate and rate enhancement in AAC
Clinical News - Rate enhancement: Clinical considerations and strategies
Equipment - Current products with features designed to increase the speed of communication
Governmental - AAC's governing body: ISAAC's 4th Biennial meeting
University and Research - Rate enhancement techniques: Keystroke savings, learning, & functional use
ACN: AAC Service Delivery - Vol. 3 #4
(July 1990) This issue investigates current service delivery trends and practices around the world. AAC service delivery refers to the various mechanisms involved in providing services and equipment to individuals with severe expressive communication impairments.
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For Consumers - How you can use demographics to provide better service delivery in AAC
Clinical News - World-wide perceptions of current clinical practices
University and Research - Literacy Center for Persons with SSPI at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
Governmental - Government agencies and approaches to service delivery
Equipment - Funding sources for assistive technologies
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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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: 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: Visual Scanning - Vol. 2 #4
(July 1989) This issue focuses on Visual Scanning. How able-bodied humans "learn complex motor skills" and how this relates to those attempting to develop visual scanning techniques.
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For Consumers - How humans develop skills: Information processing and visual scanning
Clinical News - Considerations for training visual scanning techniques
Equipment - "You say regular; they say automatic" Let's call the whole thing scanning!
Governmental - Updating the Tech Bill: The ball is in Washington's court
University and Research - Sweden: Current research & development activities
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...
ACN: The Process of Vocabulary Selection - Vol. 1 #5
(November 1988) This issue is about the process of vocabulary selection, particularly for individuals unable to spell. It also addresses auditory scanning techniques.
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Clinical News - Vocabulary Selection: Issues, Techniques, and Tips
Equipment - Auditory Scanning Techniques: Listener-Assisted and Automatic
University and Research - Augmentative Communication Service - Ontario, CANADA
Governmental - States in the USA Prepare for Change
ACN: Individuals with Dual Sensory Impairments (DSI) - Vol. 1 #4
(September 1988) This issue focuses on individuals who have both hearing and vision impairments.
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For Consumers - Individuals with Dual Sensory Impairments (DSI)
Clinical - Augmentative interventions adapted for those with DSI
Governmental - P.L. 100-407 Guess What? Guess Who?
University and Research - University of Delaware's Rehabilitation Engineering Center for AAC
Equipment - No tech, light tech and high tech for persons with DSI
ACN: Motor Neuron Diseases and AAC - Vol. 1 #3
(July 1988) This issue focuses on augmentative communication interventions with those who have motor neuron disease, specifically those with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).
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For Consumers - Maintaining communication for individuals with ALS
Clinical - Augmentative interventions in ALS: Management principles and practices.
University and Research - The Morton Robers Augmentative Communication Clinic at Queens College
Equipment - Non-electronic and electronic communication aids for persons with ALS
Governmental - U.S. Technology legislation: On the "fast track!"
ACN: Light Pointing - Vol. 1 #2
(May 1988) This issue features the use of light pointers.
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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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