Poster: Choosing a Culturally Inclusive Image Based AAC Tool Using UDL

Virtual Brief Paper (Asynchronous) ID: 58592
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    Rachel Terlop
    George Mason University

Abstract: Alternative and augmentative communication (AAC) image based communication systems provide communication opportunities to students who are non-verbal. There are a variety of tools to support educators and caregivers in facilitating communication; some are systematic interventions, while others allow for flexibility. When choosing the appropriate tool for a learner communicating non-verbally, evidence based research and Universal Design for Learning (UDL) must be considered to ensure the tool is developmentally appropriate, and culturally relevant for diverse student populations. This article highlights research on using a UDL framework to support positive outcomes for communication with consideration for learners’ culture and first language. A list ofAAC communication apps that can assist practitioners in providing communication activities to students who are non-verbal is provided.


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