AAC: Growing in Poland This article is the personal perspective of a Special Education Teacher/speech-language pathologist and founding member of the Polish national AAC Association. About 10 years ago, teachers from a school for children with disabilities in Cracow, Poland began to collaborate with a center for people with disabilities in Denmark. At our ... Article
Article  |   August 01, 2003
AAC: Growing in Poland
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  • Ala Smyczek
    Elementary Special School, Krakow, Poland
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Augmentative & Alternative Communication / School-Based Settings / International & Global / Articles
Article   |   August 01, 2003
AAC: Growing in Poland
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, August 2003, Vol. 12, 8-11. doi:10.1044/aac12.3.8
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, August 2003, Vol. 12, 8-11. doi:10.1044/aac12.3.8
This article is the personal perspective of a Special Education Teacher/speech-language pathologist and founding member of the Polish national AAC Association. About 10 years ago, teachers from a school for children with disabilities in Cracow, Poland began to collaborate with a center for people with disabilities in Denmark. At our initial visit to this center, we actually saw AAC users for the first time. At that time, we received our first set of PIC pictograms and a Danish version of the Gesture’s Dictionary. It was the beginning of our work.
We then started the adventure in our own country by giving symbols to nonverbal students in a few classrooms. We were pioneers and searchers. Having no access to literature and no idea about AAC strategies, we were discovering them as if they were brand new. We developed our own way of using symbols.
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