One in 10 Canadians has a speech, language, or hearing problem. Some of these individuals use augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) to communicate with others. AAC comes in many forms. Many of the children served by CTN use forms of AAC (communication books, flip n talks, core boards, speech generation devices).
October is International AAC Awareness Month, designed to raise awareness of AAC and inform the public about the many different ways people communicate using AAC systems. AAC allows individuals to participate in rich and meaningful conversations, share their wants, needs and dreams, and form connections with others.
As part of the month-long awareness event, AAC Awareness Day will take place on October 8, 2015 in Canada. We would like everyone across the nation to participate so please be sure to mark your calendars. Past events have included silent lunches, hands-on activities, presentations, guest speakers, and AAC relays.
Wondering what AAC "looks like"? Here are some images to give you an idea!
The International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication Canada (ISAAC) would love to hear how you participate in this year’s festivities - either on October 8th or throughout the month. Please feel free to share your stories and photos by sending them to Tracy Hunt, Augmentative Communication Consultation Service Team Facilitator.
Submissions may be included in a future edition of ISAAC Canada’s Figuratively Speaking. Each submission submitted by October 31st is entitled to a draw for a free ISAAC Canada Membership for a person who uses AAC.
For more information about AAC and AAC Awareness Month visit ISAAC Canada or ISAAC International.
Markham Public Library - Elementary School Learning & Academic Success (Part 1) - Online
This 2 part workshop will:
Look at what essential skills are needed for academic learning and independence at school.
We will explore strategies aiming to improve literacy/academic learning, advanced language proficiency, social-emotional development, and teamwork competence.
Learning Disabilities Association of York - Reading Rocks - Online
Reading Rocks is an intervention approach that uses motivational tactics to engage children in the reading process. These tactics are designed to actively engage children in their own learning. The motivation tactics are engaged through the use of instructional workstations that tutors design and tailor to each child’s needs.
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