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Individualising AAC Software to Make the Curriculum Accessible

Session 
1.6b
SPR
  • Marion Stanton (CandLE Ltd)
Summary

To share ways in which specialist software that has traditionally been associated with communication vocabularies can be adapted so that the young person who uses AAC to communicate can also use AAC for curriculum access. This session will demonstrate ways to differentiate the mainstream curriculum as well as the specialist curriculum.

Method/Activities/Techniques

Some students  have been trialing this approach throughout the UK. Case studies will show how students accessed the curriculum when the software is appropriately adapted.

Results/Findings

Case study evidence of rapid improvement in national curriculum levels and other learning gains when individualised vocabulary design has been developed.

Conclusions

A systematic and individualised approach to curriculum access for students who use AAC is highlighted as a fundamental need to support access to the curriculum and maximise learning potential. There is a need for students who rely on AAC to access the curriulum through adaptation of software normally used for communication.

Level of Session 
2
Age Group 
All Ages
Interest 
9