AssistiveWare's David Niemeijer and Jane Farrall teamed up for a presentation at the AGOSCI 2015 Conference on the Do’s and Don’ts of Implementing Real Communication Through AAC. We strongly believe that every single one of us has a right to communicate.

Overall, we recognize that communication:

We are also aware that there are practices in AAC implementation that lead to better outcomes for every individual with complex communication needs – and, just as importantly, there are practices that lead to poorer outcomes for those same individuals. As we always focus on communication for all, we felt it was important to address both the do’s and don’ts together, since sometimes addressing only the good practices might mean the bad ones don’t get tackled too!

So, for International AAC Awareness Month this year we decided to turn the presentation into a poster (PDF) so we could more easily share the key points.

Almost immediately there were questions about the poster. In particular, the item “Don’t create custom pages for specific activities”. This sparked a series of blog posts, expanding on different points of the Do’s and Don’ts of AAC poster, written either by the team at AssistiveWare or Jane Farrall.

Today’s blog post will pull all of these together into one resource for easier reference when used in conjunction with the poster.

The Do's and Don'ts of AAC

Get the poster

Download the AAC Do's and Don'ts poster (PDF)

And remember – communication happens all day, every day and we are all responsible for making sure this happens for everyone.