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Emily's story about making new friends

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friends

Emily, is 7 years old. She goes to a special school miles from home. She loves school and has lots of friends there. She is one of two children who use a communication aid in school. Her LSA and teacher are really pleased with her use of the machine, saying ‘we don’t notice she is using her aid because it is just her voice’. She has it with her all the time.

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Jeff's experiences after leaving school

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leaving
school

Born in 1980, Jeff used a communication aid for most of his school life. He was very proficient, and used it in all the lessons.  Jeff also used his aid in social settings, clubs and day centres, and was even one of the stars in a film made by a large disability charity, to raise awareness of the life changing benefits of AAC.

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Heidi's experiences with facilitated communication

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communication

Heidi is an independent lady, living with her team of support staff in a pretty bungalow in the country. She needs assistance in all aspects of her life, but is very independent minded and makes all the choices and decisions about her support for herself.

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weblinks - role models

links

The following is a list of personal and business websites of some inspiring individuals who use AAC systems.

Making connections: veterans without speech master the art of conversation and living

connections

Murphy, P. (2009), 'Making connections: veterans without speech master the art of conversation and living'. PN, December 2009, pp.30-35.

A magazine article about US veterans forced by complex disabilities to relearn many things, including the art of conversation.

KEYWORDS: hobbies, relationships, inner strength, employment

Tids and the care system

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staff

Tids was a healthy baby, born in 1965. At age two she contracted meningitis, which caused severe lasting disabilities.

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role models

role
models

positive messages about the benefits of using augmentative and alternative communication (AAC)


 

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