Instructional Programs Teach Literacy to AAC Users My love of literature has captured my interest in an ongoing AAC-RERC (Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Communication Enhancement) project. AAC-RERC partners with Janice Light and David McNaughton at Penn State University are conducting the Literacy Support Project with the goal of developing an instructional program that may help people ... Article
Article  |   December 01, 2005
Instructional Programs Teach Literacy to AAC Users
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  • Joe Hemphill
    AAC-RERC Writer's Brigade, Fresno, CA
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Augmentative & Alternative Communication / Normal Language Processing / Articles
Article   |   December 01, 2005
Instructional Programs Teach Literacy to AAC Users
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, December 2005, Vol. 14, 6-7. doi:10.1044/aac14.4.6
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, December 2005, Vol. 14, 6-7. doi:10.1044/aac14.4.6
My love of literature has captured my interest in an ongoing AAC-RERC (Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Communication Enhancement) project. AAC-RERC partners with Janice Light and David McNaughton at Penn State University are conducting the Literacy Support Project with the goal of developing an instructional program that may help people with communication disabilities overcome common challenges to literacy. As a member of the target group, I am excited and pleased that steps are being taken to teach literacy to individuals who rely on AAC.
I have cerebral palsy and certain complex communication needs that may have interfered with my ability to acquire literacy as a child. I write essays and have authored several short stories, some poems and two novels. Like all aspiring writers, I want to read the great authors, especially novels by Heming-way. Not being able to just pick up a book and read, however, I have always felt at a disadvantage. I have had to search to find books on tape or CD, because I have dyslexia and struggle with reading. Perhaps if my difficulty with literacy had been addressed earlier, I would have an easier time reading, and my writing skills would be better.
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