The Penn State AAC community of faculty, graduate students and undergraduate students are dedicated to enhancing communication and improving the overall quality of life for individuals who have complex communication needs and their families. We are seeking to improve outcomes for individuals with autism spectrum disorders, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, developmental apraxia, traumatic brain injuries, aphasia, […]
This session focused on the design of aided AAC systems specifically for young children and beginning communicators. The use of visual scene displays (VSDs) with young children and with older individuals who are beginning communicators was presented.
Drager, K. & Light, J. (2011, July). Children’s representations of early language concepts: Implications for designing symbols. Presentation at 8th Eastern and Central European Regional Augmentative and Alternative Communication Conference, Warsaw, Poland. In this session, we presented the results of a research study that investigated typically developing young children’s graphic representations of early emerging language concepts. […]
Employment is a key issue in the lives of many individuals who use augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). In this free webcast, David McNaughton and Anthony Arnold share research findings on key supports to employment for individuals who use AAC, and describe the employment success stories of a variety of individuals who use AAC.
As adults, individuals with CCN are responsible for describing their health needs, scheduling services, and self-advocating with health care specialists so they can access habilitation and rehabilitation services and technologies and have their health concerns addressed. (Full text available)
This edited text provides strategies for supporting successful transitions to adult life for individuals who use AAC. The book includes a series of chapters on common goals for individuals who require AAC – many of the chapters are co-written by individuals with complex communication needs.