ERIC Number: ED420941
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
An Innovative Training Project: Enhancing the Capacity of School Personnel in Maine To Promote the Use of Alternative Communication Strategies for Students with Disabilities.
Gitlow, Lynn; Gilmer, Debbie; Mintz, Barbara; Kurtz, Alan; Bilodeau, Colette
This brief paper describes an innovative training project, the Augmentative, Assistive, and Facilitated Communication project, designed to enhance the capacity of school personnel to use alternative communication strategies with children having severe communication impairments. The project has provided training and technical assistance to school personnel, developed and disseminated model materials, and developed communication systems for 10 students selected as the project demonstration participants. Ten interdisciplinary teams from 10 schools in Maine, each supporting a student with a severe communication impairment, were provided a 2-day workshop on augmentative, alternative, and facilitated communication. Following the workshop, participants received monthly on-site and distance technical assistance in implementing the communication system. A state-wide conference of all 10 teams is planned, following which the project will be formally evaluated. (DB)
Descriptors: Augmentative and Alternative Communication, Communication Disorders, Conferences, Distance Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Inservice Teacher Education, Program Evaluation, Resource Materials, Severe Disabilities, Staff Development, State Programs, Teamwork, Technical Assistance, Training, Workshops
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Maine State Dept. of Education, Augusta.
Authoring Institution: Maine Univ., Orono. Center for Community Inclusion.
Identifiers - Location: Maine