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Culturally and linguistic responsive practices in AAC: A webinar series with Gloria Soto, Ph.D.

  • 23 Aug 2023
  • (AEST)
  • 6 Sep 2023
  • (AEST)
  • 3 sessions
  • 23 Aug 2023, 10:00 AM 12:00 PM (AEST)
  • 30 Aug 2023, 10:00 AM 12:00 PM (AEST)
  • 6 Sep 2023, 10:00 AM 12:00 PM (AEST)
  • Online via zoom


  • For AGOSCI state reps, office bearers, and appointed volunteer roles


Culturally and linguistically responsive practices in AAC

A 3-part webinar series


Presented by Gloria Soto, Ph.D.

In Australia, many clients in need of AAC services come from culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) backgrounds.

Although in principle, service providers may see the need to preserve their clients’ home languages and cultures, they may lack the knowledge and means to do so.

Appropriate AAC service delivery to clients from CLD backgrounds requires not only appropriate technologies but also research-based evidence on the efficacy of intervention approaches. 


This three-part workshop will describe the principles of a culturally and linguistically responsive approach to AAC and the existing evidence supporting that course of action. These principles and evidence will be applied to five broad areas of AAC practice including:

  1. culturally responsive AAC assessment;
  2. culturally responsive AAC programming and intervention;
  3. culturally responsive collaborative teaming;
  4. culturally responsive development of AAC applications to support language development in children who are exposed to more than one language; and
  5. family-professional partnerships to support the needs of culturally and linguistically diverse clients.

Learning Outcomes

After attending this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe and address the main challenges in providing AAC services to children with complex communication needs from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

  2. Design multifaceted assessment and intervention plans that address the cultural and linguistic needs of clients from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

  3. Use culturally and linguistically responsive assessment tools.

  4. Use the Universal semantic primes framework to select vocabulary across languages.

  5. Generate culturally and linguistically responsive goals and objectives for students who use AAC.

Webinar Details

Join us for this 3-part webinar series, totalling 6 hours of content. Your registration gives you access to all 3 sessions.

Across the 3 webinars, content will build from foundations, to assessment, to intervention.

Recordings of each session will be made available to participants to watch or re-watch between webinars.


Webinar #1: August 23rd

Webinar #2: August 30th

Webinar #3: September 6th

Start times for Australian timezones:

QLD / NSW / ACT / VIC / TAS: 10:00am - 12:00pm

SA / NT: 9:30am - 11:30am

WA: 8:00am - 10:00am


Gloria Soto, Ph.D.

Dr. Gloria Soto is a Professor in the Department of Special Education. She teaches graduate coursework in special education, cultural diversity, augmentative communication and curriculum-based language and communication intervention.

Her area of professional expertise is in augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). Her areas of research interest include applied educational issues such as multiculturalism, collaborative teaming, inclusive education and professional preparation, as well as more basic areas such as narrative language in AAC, language development through augmented means and the impact of graphic symbol use on language development. She is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences related to communication intervention and special education. She has published numerous articles and book chapters.

Cancellation policy

As these webinars will be recorded for on-demand viewing, AGOSCI will not be offering refunds except in extraordinary circumstances. If you need to discuss your registration or request a cancellation, please email education@agosci.org.au


AGOSCI has proudly partnered with Gloria Soto to present this information to our Australian Audience.

The information presented by Gloria during this webinar series represents the culmination of her expertise in both clinical and academic fields relating to AAC.

AGOSCI is an independent body. Information presented by Gloria represents her own views and expertise, which may or may not align with AGOSCI's policies and philosophies. 

AGOSCI acknowledges the presence and contributions of all expertise and contributors to the Australian and international fields of communication diversity.

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