AAC-RERC Writers Brigade: Purpose, Function, and Outcome The Writers Brigade (WB) is a project of the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Communication Enhancement (AAC-RERC). This program operates under a two-fold mission: enhancing employability for adults who depend on assistive technology (AT) and publicizing the research and development activities of the AAC-RERC. Participants in the WB will gain ... Article
Article  |   December 01, 2005
AAC-RERC Writers Brigade: Purpose, Function, and Outcome
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  • Johana Schwartz
    AAC-RERC Writers Brigade, Minneapolis, MN
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Augmentative & Alternative Communication / Articles
Article   |   December 01, 2005
AAC-RERC Writers Brigade: Purpose, Function, and Outcome
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, December 2005, Vol. 14, 3-4. doi:10.1044/aac14.4.3
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, December 2005, Vol. 14, 3-4. doi:10.1044/aac14.4.3
The Writers Brigade (WB) is a project of the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Communication Enhancement (AAC-RERC). This program operates under a two-fold mission: enhancing employability for adults who depend on assistive technology (AT) and publicizing the research and development activities of the AAC-RERC. Participants in the WB will gain professional experience in writing and publishing articles covering issues and new developments in the field of AAC and AT.
Michael B. Williams and Sarah Blackstone, both AAC-RERC partners working through Augmentative Communication, Inc., conceived of the WB in 2003. They were motivated by the findings of their colleagues, David McNaughton and Diane Bryen, who reported the extreme underemployment and unemployment rates of adults with complex communication needs. Williams and Blackstone envisioned a project that would reverse these statistics by offering work experiences to individuals who rely on AAC that would also greatly expand the dissemination efforts of the AAC-RERC.
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