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This course introduces those new to Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) to the basics of supporting those with complex communication needs through various communication options, especially picture symbol based communication systems, both electronic and non-electronic. We will cover underlying principles of AAC, the functions of language, the concept of presuming potential, and the communication bill of rights. Then we will move our focus to vocabulary arrangement in AAC systems. Finally, we will review some of the research behind AAC and those with complex communication needs and/or developmental disabilities.

Resources include: The Communication Bill of Rights in a variety of symbol sets; AAC BootCamp poster; Communicative Functions handout.

Presenter- Kate Ahern

States approved for CEU: CA
Number of hours: 1.0
Instructional Level: Introductory


Learning Outcomes:
1. Participants will be able to identify what AAC is and how it is applicable to those with Angelman Syndrome.
2. Participants will be able to state at least five rights of those who use AAC.
3. Participants will be able to identify at least two functions of language beyond requesting.


Financial/Non-financial Disclosures:

All presenters receive income from course library purchases at XceptionalED.

This course is brought to you in partnership with Angelman Academy, a project of Quincy’s Quest Foundation, a registered non-profit 501(c)(3), which will also receive a portion of the sales of this course at XceptionalED.


Course Instructions:
1. Sign up for this course.
2. Return to this course and click on “Start Course”.
3. To obtain a Course Certificate
4. Complete the Course Evaluation
5. Achieve 80% on the Quiz
6. Click on “Finish Course”.

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