The AGOSCI webinar series is designed to promote skills and knowledge about AAC across all sectors of the Australian community. All webinars are free to attend for AGOSCI members. Past webinars are available in the members-only section of the website. Future webinars are usually available to register as soon as they are posted here.
1. What is AAC, and what does it look like? Presented by Janelle Sampson. 17th February 2017.
The first thing to know about AAC is what it should look like. Without knowing where you are heading, it’s often hard to prioritise the multitude of individualised considerations that you will need to make as you start or continue along the learning curve. It’s important to know what real and functional communication with AAC looks like, and also what it doesn’t look like.
This first seminar in our series of ‘An Introduction to AAC’ will provide participants with examples and stories highlighting the use of augmentative and/or alternative modes for interaction, conversation, learning and participation. It will introduce participants to the variety of ways the messages can be conveyed from different types of technology or non-technology, to various access methods and environments. Without knowing what it looks like, how can we start a journey ourselves, or recommend appropriate supports for our clients. To quote Stephen Covey who wrote ‘7 habits of highly effective people’, we must begin with the end in mind.
The seminar will also discuss some simple strategies to get started, and the role of various players within that process i.e. The person using AAC, family, educators, peers and other service providers.
2. Cathy Binger - Towards Cohesive Language Development in AAC.
This is a live recording of Cathy's keynote address at the 2017 AGOSCI conference.
Viewing tip - easiest to view on a large screen and good speakers.
3. Fiona Given - Being Part of the AACtion
This webinar is a repeat of Fiona's keynote address at the 2017 AGOSCI conference.