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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: 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: 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: 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
ACN: Employment - Vol. 16 #3
(October 2004) This issue draws attention to the employment situation in AAC, and offers an update on some of the efforts underway.
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For Consumers-Perspectives on employment:AAC-RERC Writers Brigade, Great expectations, A decade of PEC@
Social Networks-The role of social networks in employment
International Perspectives-A preliminary survey
University/Research-Employment of individuals with ALS, ASD and CP
AAC-RERC-Telework, adult vocabulary and ACETS Online
ACN: Visual Scene Displays (VSDs) - Vol. 16 #2
(August 2004) VSD's, like other types of AAC displays, may be used to enhance communication on either low-tech boards or high-tech devices. This issue is meant to discuss how VDS can help address the needs of beginning communicators and individuals with significant cognitive and/or linguistic limitations.
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Clinical News-Visual Scene Displays
Beginning Communicators-Penn State projects
Adults with Aphasia-Nebraska project
Other Applications of VSD's:Beyond Conversation-Children's Hospital Boston projects
Prototype to Market
Resources and Select Articles and Chapters
AS: 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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Newsletter Contents:

In the Spotlight - Speaking Out Against Abuse
Friends and Relations - Recognizing Danger by Leigh Lightholder
Out and About - Speaking Out: Access to Vocabulary by Sarah E. Lever
Raves & Reviews - The Speak Up Project
AAC-RERC - SOSC Papers
ACN: Individuals With Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) - Vol. 15 #4
(November 2003) This issue clarifies the rationale for, and impact of, using a broad range of AAC strategies to improve the communication outcomes of individuals with ASD.
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Newsletter Contents:

Clinical News-Overview and update
For Consumers-FAQs about AAC and Autsim Spectrum Disorders (ASD)
Equipment-Using AAC to foster communication skills
Case Examples-Individuals with ASD
AAC-RERC-2003-2008: Electronic Screen Media and Intelligent Agents
Resources & References
ACN: 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: 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: What's an RERC? - Vol. 5 #1
(June 2000) This issue focuses on the RERC and AAC technologies.
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Newsletter Contents:

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

AAC-RERC   Research   Technology  
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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Newsletter Contents:

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 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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Newsletter Contents:

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: 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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Newsletter Contents:

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: 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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Newsletter Contents:

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: 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
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: 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: 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: 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: 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: Speech Recognition Systems - Vol. 5 #1 & #2
(January 1992) This issue highlights the use of speech recognition systems for persons with complex communication needs
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Equipment - The ABC's of Speech recognition systems
For Consumers - Applications of Speech recogntion for persons with disabilities
Clinical News - More about applications for persons with speech impairments
University and Research - Research priorities. Where will they lead?
Governmental - Priorities for the 1990s: Resolve to make a difference!
Topics:

Research   Technology  
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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Newsletter Contents:

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: 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: 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: AAC Programs and Interventions - Vol. 2 #3
(May 1989) This issue focuses on the need for governmental funding of AAC services and technologies and addresses "cost benefit" issues.
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For Consumers - Decreasing handicaps: It's all in the attitude
Clinical News - Measuring the effectiveness of individual interventions and AAC programs
University and Research - Trace Research & Development Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Equipment - The communication aids manufacturing process: A Human Factors problem
Governmental - From the top: Public law and public policy
Topics:

Advocacy   Policy   Research   Technology  
ACN: Speech Output - Vol. 1 #1
(March 1988) This issue focuses on speech output technologies and their use in AAC tecnologies.
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Equipment- Speech output: Portable communication aids in 1988
Clinical News - Strategies for implementing augmentative communication in the classroom
For Consumers - Technology resource centers supported by Apple, Inc. and IBM, Inc.
University and Research - The University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the Barkley Memorial AAC Center
Governmental - Federal legislation that could improve service delivery in AAC
Topics:

Research   Technology  

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