Assistive Technology Network

Professional Development

Introductory Professional Development

  1. VDOE's TTAC at VCU has several instructional videos about how to use some simple AAC devices. Check it out.
  2. TTAC Online has several webshops about using AAC. This page will take you to the listing of webshops that may meet your needs as you are learning about AAC.
  3. TTAC ODU Moodlesite was created by Jennifer Mitchell. This training module is titled: AAC: Understanding Content.
  4. TTAC ODU Google Drive was created by Jennifer Mitchell where she invites anyone to join this AAC Group. Many good discussions on AAC are posted and can be viewed or joined for comments and further discussions.
  5. ASHA (American Speech and Hearing Association) website offers this free AAC Module entitled: AAC for Children: Basic Strategies for Immediate Results. This module is interactive and and can be used for CEU credit.
  6. AAC at Penn State has developed a website specifically for young children who need early intervention. This website provides guidelines for early intervention to maximize the language and communication development of young children with special needs including: infants; toddlers and preschoolers.
  7. AAC Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (AAC-RERC) is a collaborative research groups dedicated to the development of effective AAC technology. Included on the site are 20 free webcasts available for your use.
  8. Creative Communicating website is authored by Pati King-DeBaun who is a leader in the field of AAC especially with young children. She has created an ongoing blog, Teaching AAC: Reports from the classroom on this site.
  9. The SET (Special Education Technology) in British Columbia website has a collection of 9 training modules on AAC contained in their Learning Centre.

Training from School Divisions

  1. Lexington Public Schools has created a website with great resources and courses about Assistive Technology (AT) and Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC). Some forms are specific to the Lexington, Massachusetts Public School, but the information is broad enough to be understood and usable.
  2. Loudoun County Public School's Assistive Technology Department has numerous links to training and materials as well as professional development. The following training modules are on the topic of AAC
  3. Baltimore City Public Schools website contains numerous adapted books with communication overlays and boards that are downloadable and read for use by teachers and students
  4. Polk County Public Schools website lists numerous communication boards, overlays, symbols created in the Boardmaker software that can be use by teachers for their students.
  5. Miami-Dade County Public Schools website has hundreds of interactive books, scheduled, recipes, signs, language activities that are available for free. Especially good for young children with multiple disabilities.

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