Inclusion is about truly leveling the playing field

Inclusion is one of those words that has a beautiful ring to it, but in practice can mean many things to many people. Inclusion is about more than putting nonverbal students in mainstream classrooms. It goes beyond physical supports, like access ramps to the local library.
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AAC and the power of language

Everyone communicates. Communicating with others gives us connection and control in our lives. There are many ways to communicate - with facial expressions, gestures, and words and sentences. A key factor in successful communication is having language. Language gives us the words and ways to share our own thoughts and ideas, desires, and wishes.
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Supporting all forms of communication

Communication can be defined as exchanging information by speaking, writing or some other means. It’s how we give and receive messages. But it is so much more than that.
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Presuming competence: the only prerequisite to AAC

We develop Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) apps and have been doing so for over 10 years. Some of us have been in the field for two or three decades and, while systems have changed and improved, one roadblock to communication remains.
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5 of our favorite autistic bloggers

In honor of both Autism Acceptance Month and Autistic Pride Day we would like to share with you some of our favorite blogs written by autistic people. Each blogger shares a few words to introduce their blog and some of the motivations behind writing it.
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Is autistic behavior always communication?

Senior editor of Thinking Person's Guide to Autism and mother of an autistic teenaged son, Shannon Des Roches Rosa, questions the mantra "behavior is communication". When are autistic behaviors communication, and when are they not?
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Listening to stories is “real reading”!

Did you know that listening to stories is an important part of practicing reading skills? Librarian Shelley Harris shares her favorite audio options, from listening to audiobooks and podcasts to combining print and audio to reinforce new vocabulary.
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