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“The responsibility to be understood should not be placed with the person with the communication disability; it is a shared responsibility.”

Click the link below to read an article that describes simple tools and strategies to support every person to understand, compare and express their preferences as they make decisions.


Posted: January 2, 2020 14:16

By 18 months, babies have heard 4,380 hours of spoken language and we don’t expect them to be fluent speakers yet.

If Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) learners only see symbols modeled for communication twice weekly for 20-30 minutes, it will take 84 years for them to have the same exposure to aided language as an 18-month-old has to spoken language.



If you were teaching French to an individual, this would be done by speaking French. No one would dispute that hearing the new language is an essential prerequisite to learning it. It’s the same with AAC.

If we want the individuals we support to learn to express themselves with AAC, they need significant exposure to others using AAC. For more information please contact the Special Populations Unit at RA-ODPDeafServices@pa.gov

Posted: December 6, 2019 09:12