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Augmentative and Alternative Communication Awareness Event

cal Wednesday, October 26, 2016

clocck 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM

location Holland Bloorview, Conference Centre, Room 1E201

 

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Description:

Each year, around the world, Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Awareness is celebrated in the month of October.  The goal is to raise awareness of AAC and to inform the public of the many different ways in which people communicate.   

Communication comes in many forms including speech, text, gestures, facial expressions, touch, sign language, symbols, pictures, and speech-generating devices.  For communication to be successful, the intent of one person’s message must be understood by another person.   

AAC is a set of tools and strategies that an individual uses to solve every day communication challenges.  During AAC Awareness, we demonstrate and highlight the many different methods that individuals use to have successful interactions.

The Communication and Writing Aids Service (CWAS) invites you to participate in AAC Awareness.  This year, we are honoured to have Eve Megargel, author, advocate and mother join us to share the path she took to help her son Billy become an independent non-verbal communicator.

Before the presentation, be sure to join us in the cafeteria for a “Silent Lunch” and bake sale between 11:30 AM – 1 PM.  A variety of communication methods will be available for you to try and use during your lunch hour.   

Money raised from our bake sale will support the registration cost for a person who uses AAC to attend the “Breaking the ICE Conference” in Toronto in 2017, a conference created by and for individuals who use AAC and their families.  For more details on the conference visit, www.breakingtheiceconference.ca

We look forward to you joining us on October 26!

For additional details, please contact Laurel Robinson lrobinson@hollandbloorview.ca