They Said It Couldn’t Be Done, but We Did It Anyway In the 1977–1978 academic year, the first three courses in augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) were taught at three Midwestern universities (Marquette University, Purdue University, and the University of Wisconsin at Madison). During the early 1980s, several other universities also started teaching AAC courses and, within a decade, some ... Article
Article  |   February 01, 1999
They Said It Couldn’t Be Done, but We Did It Anyway
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  • Lyle L. Lloyd
    Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
  • Lisa Pufpaff
    Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
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Article   |   February 01, 1999
They Said It Couldn’t Be Done, but We Did It Anyway
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, February 1999, Vol. 8, 8-11. doi:10.1044/aac8.1.8
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, February 1999, Vol. 8, 8-11. doi:10.1044/aac8.1.8
In the 1977–1978 academic year, the first three courses in augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) were taught at three Midwestern universities (Marquette University, Purdue University, and the University of Wisconsin at Madison). During the early 1980s, several other universities also started teaching AAC courses and, within a decade, some of us were talking about the need for more than one 2 to 3-credit hour course in AAC. However, many individuals, especially in speech-language pathology personnel preparation programs, were saying that there is not room enough for one 2 to 3-credit course to be offered and that there was no way a student could fit in more than 2 to 3 credits of AAC academic preparation if he or she wanted to meet all of the other requirements for licensure and/or certification. Some people said that there were too many courses already “required” to meet ASHA requirements for certification and that it would be impossible to add any more course work for those in professional preparation programs.
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