From the Coordinator Welcome to our summer 2010 Perspectives! Many of you will have celebrated a recent May or June high school or college graduation for a friend, family member, or favorite student. Traditional wisdom has it that graduations are also commencements—the beginning of “the rest of your life.” This is as ... Coordinator's Column
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SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, June 2010, Vol. 19, 30. doi:10.1044/aac19.2.30
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, June 2010, Vol. 19, 30. doi:10.1044/aac19.2.30
Welcome to our summer 2010 Perspectives!
Many of you will have celebrated a recent May or June high school or college graduation for a friend, family member, or favorite student. Traditional wisdom has it that graduations are also commencements—the beginning of “the rest of your life.” This is as true for people with complex communication needs (CCN) as it is for the rest of us. However, the journey to “the rest of your life” frequently requires greater—and earlier—planning for individuals with disabilities.
Those who know me have heard me say that I only ever wanted two things for my kids after high school graduation: the ability to be self-supporting and the ability to form and maintain meaningful relationships. These two goals were always the “prize”—from elementary school homework, through tearful late nights with last-minute work on middle school projects, angst over college essays, and the fears of every parent whose teenager comes home past curfew. My kids knew the expectations, and I was able to support them through the steps and transitions to realizing my goals as well as their visions for themselves.
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