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ERIC Number: EJ1002110
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 2
ISSN: ISSN-1938-727X
The Augmentative and Alternative Communication Olympics: Raising and Showcasing Communication Competencies
Murphy, Patti
Assistive Technology Outcomes and Benefits, v1 n1 p16-20 Fall 2004
The Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Olympics is a project serving a twofold purpose for augmented communicators in the Broward County Public School System in Florida. While allowing young augmented communicators to build competencies in using AAC devices, the Olympics provide a meaningful extracurricular experience to students with significant communication and physical disabilities. Training sessions give students the structure needed to hone AAC skills to increase their proficiency with the technology that likely will be their primary means of self-expression for life. The practices also provide social and learning opportunities that special education students don't often get outside of the classroom. Participants can develop relationships with peers of differing abilities while their parents meet the parents of other augmented communicators, often for the first time. This article discusses the background and success of the inaugural AAC Olympics, as well as considerations for its future.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Florida