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Research Connections

Educational practices that are supported by research evidence are viewed as possible alternatives to current Bridge School practices. Here are links to several Web sites that we have found to be especially useful.

American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA)

ASHA publishes several journals that contain original research articles and summaries to guide AAC practice. If you follow links to recent ASHA conventions and conferences, researchers and other presenters often post their handouts which are available for download.

Augmentative and Alternative Communication Book Series

Paul Brookes Publishing Co. publishes an augmentative and alternative communication book series that addresses recent social, medical, educational, and technical advances in the AAC field. This series has an editorial advisory board of well known researchers to ensure that the most relevant and recent information is addressed. Each book in the series has a unifying theme that focuses chapters around a particular population or age cohort (e.g., beginning communicators, adults with acquired neurologic disorders, autism, and others).

Augmentative Communication News (ACN)

ACN, a quarterly synopsis of what experts are doing and thinking about in AAC research and practice around the world, was published for over 20 years (ending in 2010). Each issue addresses “hot topics” in the field of AAC, and is written in a succinct, straight-forward style. Many of the issues are timeless, and include important information not available elsewhere. All back issues are now available for free download on line.

Barkley Augmentative and Alternative Communication Center

The Barkley Augmentative and Alternative Communication Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln hosts this site, which contains demographic information, academic resources, vocabulary lists, SGD tutorials, AAC reference lists, and presentations by their faculty. They also host the popular AAC Web site, YAACK.

International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ISAAC)

The International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ISAAC) has a Web site with links to information regarding its peer-reviewed journal, AAC. You also will find information about ISAAC’s biennial research symposium and proceedings.

The journal AAC publishes peer-reviewed, original articles that relate directly to the communication needs of persons for who may benefit from the use of augmentative and alternative communication techniques and systems.

National Joint Committee for the Communication Needs of Persons with Severe Disabilities (NJC)

The purpose of the NJC is to promote research, demonstration and educational efforts to help persons with severe disabilities to communicate effectively, which includes the use of AAC. Documents posted on this Web site are frequently cited in AAC research publications and funding proposals. This site also includes a list of FAQs, and a Communication Bill of Rights.

Oregon Institute on Disability and Development

The Oregon Institute on Disability and Development has a small group of researchers that specialize in developing effective assessment and teaching strategies for children and adults with low-incidence disabilities, including the Communication Matrix.

The Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC)

The Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) on Communication Enhancement is a national project funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR). Its purpose is to improve technologies that further the development of communication, language, natural speech, discourse skills, and literacy of persons with significant communication disorders. The RERC-AAC consists of the following partners: Augmentative Communication, Inc., Boston Children's Hospital, Duke University, University of Nebraska, Penn State University, Temple University, and University of Buffalo - New York. You will find information and links to research activities conducted by RERC partners.

University of Washington AAC Web site

The University of Washington AAC Web site has a useful AAC glossary, AAC references, information about vocabulary selection and features of AAC devices and much more.

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