Centre for Leadership in Participation and Inclusion

Project: Interprofessional Education in AAC in Ontario: Enhancing Teamwork


  • Anne Marie Renzoni
  • Tracy Shepherd
  • Nola Millin
  • Steve Ryan
  • Danielle D’Alessandro
  • Kathryn Parker

Project summary:

Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) clinical practice involves providing communication systems and training for people who cannot speak or whose speech is difficult to understand. This specialized practice area involves both clinical and technical knowledge, requiring a team approach. Team members include Speech Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, Communicative Disorder Assistants, Technologists and other professions.

Our challenge: Over 375 staff work at 27 AAC clinics in Ontario and new staff are continually joining the clinics. New team members need to learn on the job and require significant support and training. AAC training can impact team performance, clinical outcomes and wait times for families.

Our  objective: To identify the learning needs and gaps for new team members working at AAC clinics in Ontario.

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