• March 4, 2011

AAC Show and ShareOn March 4th the Inter-District Augmentative and Alternative Communication group, with representatives from the Langley, Surrey, Delta, Richmond and Vancouver school districts, organized an AAC Show and Share event to promote AAC awareness and to give students who use AAC an opportunity to meet and interact.

Students using augmentative and or alternative communication systems from schools around the lower mainland attended this fun and engaging event.

The church hall was a-rocking as students collected stamps on their passports, moving through several activities stationed around the room.

There was also a perceptible hum of positive energy and laughter as students engaged in activities and interacted with each other. Some of the activities included a reading corner, a picture frame making station, and a switch remote controlled dinosaur.

Timmy Technology was on hand making new friends and renewing old acquaintances. He had a switch accessible video camera with him allowing students to shoot video of their friends. Timmy was the recipient of many friendly hugs throughout the day.

Many parents and special education assistants also attended and were often engaged in exchanging and sharing information and ideas with each other. Local vendors Aroga and Bridges Canada brought speech generating devices and related communication equipment allowing students to investigate and explore new and or different AAC technologies during the day.

Congratulations to the lower mainland school district speech and language pathologists who organized and conducted this fun event, especially the event organizing committee of Tammy McEachern-Hughes, Karen Neill, Betsy Neily, and Anne-Maree Foxe.

The lower mainland school district speech and language pathologist do an excellent job of helping students develop their ability to use speech generating devices and/or alternative communication systems.

The proof of all that hard work was evident at this event as students very effectively used their communications systems throughout the day.