Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Device Curriculum

In 2007, SETBC struck a committee to develop a comprehensive Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Device Curriculum which was intended to be the basis from which school districts could develop a Board/Authority Authorized (BAA) course. This would enable students to have the option of receiving high school credit for their AAC skill development. The belief was that comprehensive AAC device competency was essential for students to participate as fully as possible in their school program. Since AAC competencies are different from, and additional to, the competencies that speaking students must acquire to become effective communicators, it was believed that these competencies needed to be taught systematically and sequentially. Thus, it seemed helpful to provide a document that could be used as a provincial resource for supporting and teaching students with AAC needs in the educational system in British Columbia.

The AAC models of communicative competence by Janice Light and communication independence by Patricia Dowden, were used as a framework for offering a well-rounded AAC device language curriculum. The resulting course was broken into four levels or units which could be taken individually. In that way, those with already developed AAC skills could challenge any unit for credit.

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