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Providing Access to AAC Systems for Users with CCN

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Students benefit most from alternative augmentative communication (AAC) when evaluation and therapy teams are knowledgeable about AAC and presume their students are competent. Teams must work together to provide their students with access to language based communication systems. This presentation discusses the process one special education school uses to determine appropriate communication systems for individuals with complex communication needs (CCN). An SLP and OT created a process for determining how more students with CCN and complex bodies could access language-based AAC systems including using eye gaze and switches. By working together and educating other team members, more students now have access to robust communication systems. By examining case studies, participants will learn the evaluation and implementation methods that have worked for this special education school for students with CCN.


Amanda Soper    
St Coletta
United States

Nicole VanderZouwen    
St Coletta
United States


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