Spotlight on Special Interest Group 12, Augmentative and Alternative Communication As of February 2014, we have 2,207 affiliates. I like to be involved in SIG 12 because this is where the augmentative and alternative communication leaders and cutting-edge AAC people affiliate. It is very interesting to follow the SIG 12 Community to know what questions are being posted ... SIG Spotlight
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SIG Spotlight  |   February 01, 2014
Spotlight on Special Interest Group 12, Augmentative and Alternative Communication
Author Notes
  • Mary Ann Lowe, SCD, SLPD, CCC-SLP, is associate dean and program professor in the Abraham S. Fischler School of Education at Nova Southeastern University in North Miami Beach, Fla. She is coordinator of SIG 12, Augmentative and Alternative Communication. ·lowem@nova.edu
    Mary Ann Lowe, SCD, SLPD, CCC-SLP, is associate dean and program professor in the Abraham S. Fischler School of Education at Nova Southeastern University in North Miami Beach, Fla. She is coordinator of SIG 12, Augmentative and Alternative Communication. ·lowem@nova.edu×
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SIG Spotlight   |   February 01, 2014
Spotlight on Special Interest Group 12, Augmentative and Alternative Communication
The ASHA Leader, February 2014, Vol. 19, online only. doi:10.1044/leader.SIGS.19022014.np
The ASHA Leader, February 2014, Vol. 19, online only. doi:10.1044/leader.SIGS.19022014.np
How many affiliates does SIG 12 have?
As of February 2014, we have 2,207 affiliates.
Why did you originally choose to affiliate with SIG 12?
I like to be involved in SIG 12 because this is where the augmentative and alternative communication leaders and cutting-edge AAC people affiliate. It is very interesting to follow the SIG 12 Community to know what questions are being posted regarding AAC and then to read the responses. SIG 12 provides me the opportunity to find like-minded people who are interested in all areas of AAC. At the ASHA convention it is fun to network with other AAC leaders who belong to SIG 12. Fortunately, SIG 12 has a voice in ASHA for AAC. We need more master’s programs that have AAC as a required course within their curriculum. It is great to find AAC leaders in SIG 12 who listen to problems and help to find solutions to AAC issues.
What is the most important issue surrounding SIG 12’s subject matter right now?
Over the past three years, the biggest issue has been finding appropriate apps for teaching communication and language development for people using iPads. Funding is not available for iPads for AAC communication, and many schools and other facilities are not willing to provide it.
Also, SIG 12 needs to stress that AAC evaluations are necessary prior to making any recommendations for communication devices. AAC evaluations are often not being recommended prior to providing a person with autism with an iPad and apps.
What upcoming events related to or sponsored by SIG 12 should everyone know about?
On October 10, 2013, we sponsored an online chat with Gail Van Tatenhove and Meher Banajee called “Assessment That Drives Intervention”.
And coming up on March 11, we will sponsor another online chat called “Assessment That Drives AAC System Development”.
Which of your recent Perspectives articles is a must-read for CSD professionals, and why?
The October 2013 issue of Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication provides a wealth of relevant information regarding autism and the use of AAC.
Our April 2013 issue, dedicated to partner instruction, contains follow-up articles from a SIG 12 webinar held in June 2012.
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