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Building a 'Vocabulary For Life' for Young Adults

Session 
1.5b
ST
  • Katrina Moore
Funding / Sponsorship: 
Sponsored by Smartbox AT to present at CM2012.
Summary

This paper aims to give an overview of the development and design of the grid set "Vocabulary For Life" and to demonstrate how it can be used by, or to support, people using AAC – including support for completing the City & Guilds AAC course.

Method/Activities/Techniques

The author designed a new vocabulary for young adults who use AAC, based on her experience working with them. Both category and context based vocabulary is provided. Wordlists are used to maximise the vocabulary available, enabling complete sentence building, fast access to functional vocabulary, reduced navigation requirements and easy personalisation. Vocabulary relevant to the City & Guilds AAC course is also included.

Results/Findings

Vocabulary For Life is versatile and can be used by, or to support, people using AAC in different ways: as a standalone vocabulary, in combination with other vocabularies, or as a resource.

Conclusions

Vocabulary For Life provides an excellent alternative to pre-existing vocabularies, as a functional solution for young adults/ adolescents.

Level of Session 
2
Age Group 
Adolescent
Adult
Interest 
1
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