We Came, We Saw… Our first Leadership Conference tackled the current status of AAC assessment research and practice. Do guidelines exist? Can we form them? The Conference was designed with a series of focused plenary presentations in order to construct the stage for the remainder of the Conference. Presenters were charged with delivering ... Coordinator's Column
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We Came, We Saw…
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Coordinator's Column   |   March 01, 2000
We Came, We Saw…
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, March 2000, Vol. 9, 1-2. doi:10.1044/aac9.1.1-a
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, March 2000, Vol. 9, 1-2. doi:10.1044/aac9.1.1-a
Our first Leadership Conference tackled the current status of AAC assessment research and practice. Do guidelines exist? Can we form them?
The Conference was designed with a series of focused plenary presentations in order to construct the stage for the remainder of the Conference. Presenters were charged with delivering a critical perspective on the current empirical evidence and clinical knowledge within their respective focus areas. Sharon Glennen set the tone with an excellent overview of the state of the art and the science in AAC assessment. Ralf Schlosser focused on functional outcomes measurement, while Joe Reichle concentrated on language representation issues. MaryAnn Romski rounded out the first day with her presentation on language and AAC assessment. The participants within this working conference were bursting to join in as we ended the first day with the formation of our topically driven discussion groups. From literacy issues to inclusion and consumer and family goals, the discussions were wide ranging and intense with each participant offering his/her expertise to our pool of knowledge. Susan Mailer, a psy-chometrician from the Department of Educational Studies, Purdue University, challenged our thinking about the use of standardized measurements. She had us entertaining ideas well “outside the box.” The remainder of the time, we continued to discuss and share our views in group and panel presentations reports. In a fabulous setting, we had an outstanding first Leadership Conference. Thanks to all of our Conference participants for making it so.
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