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