AAC Literacy

What better way to understand and think about teaching literacy to those who use Alternative and Augmentative Communication than through those young people and adults themselves
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Eye Can Write
Like water flowing through a watermill the Holy Spirit enables us to be used as God intended and so he gives me the courage to speak up for the voiceless, changing perceptions and prejudices through my charity Teach Us Too and my book Eye Can Write.

www.teachustoo.org.uk

Ghost boy 

‘Ghost Boy’ is the raw and emotional memoir of Martin Pistorius, who was misdiagnosed when he fell ill as a preteen and had to endure the next ten years of his life trapped inside his own body and not knowing if things would ever change for him.

www.ghostboybook.com

Author Lillie-Ann

Lillie-Ann has an ambition: to write a book. Our English Advisory Teacher’s role is to facilitate that. In fact, at there first meeting, she informed her that she had a series of seven books up her sleeve! Read several of her chapters:
cenmac.com/literacy-project

Sweet Home Alsager
This audio is a memoir about a young man leaving home to go to university. It is the beginning of his independence as a young man who has cerebral palsy and uses a communication device. 

cenmac.com/assistive-technology-stories

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1000 Londoners – Matt #183
Each week, a profile of a Londoner is posted on the home page. The profile contains a 3 minute film that gives an insight into the life of the Londoner, as well as their own personal photos of London and some answers to crucial questions about their views on London life.
vimeo.com/Matt#183

Project Core

Full of resources and information in implementing universal core vocabulary throughout learning, specifically for those with significant disabilities who do not yet use speech, signs or symbols to communicate in flexible ways.

Commtap

Communication activities and resources organised into helpful categories and educational phases. Also available is the symboliser for PowerPoint. Support for Speech therapists but also parents, carers, teachers and school support staff.

commtap.org

HKL – helpkidzlearn 

A range of interactive activities which are highly motivating and engaging for emergent communicators and for developing early literacy skills. A account can be created to access 10 free resources.

helpkidzlearn.com

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AAC Language Lab

The AAC Language Lab offers lesson plans, activities and a range of resources for teaching and supporting literacy for AAC users. Some resources are free but you can purchase an annual membership for £19.95. Some fantastic resources and ideas for activities for emergent literacy learners.

www.aaclanguagelab.co.uk

Dynamic Learning Maps Professional Development

Website specifically for the Professional development learning modules for dynamic learning maps. Easy to set up and access modules individually or for group facilitated modules.

www.dlmpd.com

Widgit
Widgit offer a range of resources to support literacy development, some free but if you are a LGFL school then all these resources are available on their website for free.

www.widgit.com/resources

Crick Software

Brilliant software to support all levels of learners with literacy and recording ideas. When you purchase their software you get access to hundreds of free ready made resources to support literacy in particular.

www.cricksoft.com/uk

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The Communication Trust

Alternative Paths to Literacy: literacy for children and young people who use AAC.

www.thecommunicationtrust.org.uk

Literacy for all Instruction

Literacy instruction and information for learners with significant disabilities. Very useful information on old assumptions and the new ways of thinking.

literacyforallinstruction.ca

Centre for Literacy and Disability Studies

Centre for literacy and disability studies. Great links here to a range of resources, teaching techniques and information on teaching literacy. In particular alternative pencils, Dynamic learning maps core vocabulary and support for learners with visual and hearing difficulties. Want to find out more about research and developments you can also access previous presentations and handouts.

www.med.unc.edu

Call Scotland 

Communication, Access, Literacy and Learning service for students across Scotland. Both the Call Scotland and the AAC Scotland have extensive resources, research documents and webinars which relate to assistive technology and the implementation of this technology.

www.callscotland.org.uk | www.aacscotland.org.uk

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LGFL – London Grid for Learning

If you are in London and are a LGFL school, then you have access to the most amazing range of SEND resources for supporting teaching and learning. Just one of the highlights is the access to all the widget symbol resources for free.

www.lgfl.net