Successful employment for individuals who use AAC

Dr. David McNaughton (Penn State University) & Anthony Arnold  (Prentke-Romich)

Webcast Description

David McNaughton (Penn State University) and Anthony Arnold (Prentke-Romich Company) describe strategies to support employment for individuals who use AAC. All strategies are illustrated with “success stories” of people who use AAC and who are employed.

Key components of successful employment include

  1. Developing employee knowledge and skills that are valued in the workplace
  2. Identifying and developing jobs that are a good match for the skills and interests of the AAC user
  3. Ensuing that needed supports are available to maintain employment success

Additional Resources

Alternatively Speaking – Augmented Communicators on Work (1998)
This issue focuses on the work experiences of persons who use AAC, and strategies (for use at any age) to prepare for employment.

10 item quiz for the content of this webcast is available here

This webcast was produced as part of the work of the AAC-RERC under grant #H133E080011 from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR)in the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS)


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