Thursday, 15 October 2015

Lots of connections for AAC awareness month

Below are just a couple of great awareness ideas different people around the world are putting up to remind us all about the importance of support for people, with Complex Communication Needs. Rather than reinvent the wheel, I thought I would post a couple of them here. Hopefully some will resonate with you, or there are new links you can use functionally.

24 Hour International AAC Chat on 24 October 2015  
 Enjoy sharing with people around the world: users, professionals, families and networks

Quote from the Autistikids Facebook site 
In the last 3 days, I've seen a couple of references to teachers taking AAC devices away as a "disciplinary" measure. W T F?!? On what planet would this be appropriate?
Seriously, if you hear of this, address this issue ASAP, whether it's your kid or someone else's. If a teacher taped your kid's mouth shut as a "disciplinary" measure, what would your reaction be?

What can we do to change this negative culture? Cathy

 Another post from a different Facebook site (Candi Brooks)

Speech Pathology Australia has posted a message about AAC awareness month. 

Remember to include a Speech Pathology/communication assessment in your NDIS plan

Have your say in the Victorian Multi Purpose Taxi review (Submission til 4 December.) AAC users often have great difficulties engaging with sectors for community inclusion and participation. Let them know what you need!

Cathy Basterfield
Speech Pathologist
Access Easy English
0466 579 855

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