People who use AAC (LEAD)

The LEAD Project encourages and supports people who use AAC in taking a leadership role within ISAAC.

LEAD Resources

ISAAC LEAD Project News and Happenings on Facebook – This forum is a place to discuss issues and to share and encourage inspiration.

International AAC Awareness Month – International AAC Awareness Month was established by the LEAD Project Committee in October 2007. Thirteen countries participated in the first annual Awareness Month, and events have been increasing in number and scope ever since. In October 2017, a special International AAC Awareness webinar, Model the Way, showcased the concept of leadership at any age. Part of the USSAAC webinar series and presented by India Ochs, J.D. and Jack Ochs, student, the following is a recording of the October 23, 2017 webinar:

ISAAC has information on how people who use AAC can develop the leadership skills necessary to serve on boards and in the community. We can also provide guidelines on promoting inclusion within non-profit organizations. Click on the links below for materials developed through ISAAC’s LEAD Project:

  • ISAAC Leadership Material (PDF, 344 kB) This resource brings together various documents developed by ISAAC’s Committee for People Who Use AAC (PWUAAC). The goal is to offer information to assist in the development of leadership skills for people who use AAC.
  • Leadership Project Workbook (PDF, 578 kB) People who serve on boards or work in management require specific skills, e.g., how to conduct meetings, make group decisions, formulate policies, manage human resources, work with budgets, etc. The Leadership Project Workbook 2011 includes lesson plans, discussion guidelines and examples to assist people who use AAC in developing these skills.
  • General Rights and Responsibilities of People on Boards or Committees Who Use AAC (PDF, 99 kB) This set of guidelines provides insight into formal processes that promote inclusion.
  • Facilitating Skill Training for Leadership in AAC (53 kB) People who use AAC can develop leadership skills through a variety of proactive and supported life choices, summarized here.
  • AAC Etiquette (PDF, 75 kB) These tips and strategies promote meetings that are inclusive and supportive for people who use AAC.
  • ISAAC Family Engagement Committee on Facebook This page is all about encouraging family-to family exchange to support families of people with communication disabilities around the world.
  • Participation and Support of PWUAAC on ISAAC and ISAAC Chapter Boards and Committees (PDF, 337 kB) Committee work can be very demanding and complex, while at the same time being productive, enjoyable, and rewarding. This document provides guidelines for informed participation by people who use AAC when serving in leadership positions within ISAAC.