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Grade levels: Pre-K, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Higher ed

Content areas: Assessment, Culturally Responsive Teaching, Elementary Ed, Secondary Ed, Special Ed

Topics: Augmentative & Assistive Technology, Assistive Technology, universal design for learning

Type of resource: Webpage

1) Increase community awareness of issues related to AAC to support individuals who benefit from this technology:
- Present to parents: our young AAC users spend the majority of their time with their parents. They are their first teachers.
- Inservice pediatricians, nurse practitioners and developmental specialists: they are responsible for identifying communication disorders, prescribing services such as speech-language therapy and prescribing Durable Medical Equipment (DME) such as Speech Generating Devices (SGD) for individuals who benefit from AAC devices and services.
-Inservice administrators, classroom teachers and support staff such as classroom assistants: they are instrumental in improving educational outcomes for AAC users.
2) Provide greater access to therapeutic intervention for complex communication needs as well as access to appropriate AAC devices:
- Provide suggestions for engaging ways to teach language skills to students who use AAC
- Explore cost effective, no tech, mid-tech and high-tech communication solutions to support AAC users
- Assist individuals with the process of attaining an appropriate device through the various funding sources available to them
- Explore solutions to the barriers that inhibit individuals from becoming competent communicators and participating fully in life.