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and serve as a tool to directly understand the thoughts, preferences and choices of people with significant disabilities and communication barriers.
You can use these tools to gain insight into the thoughts of someone with a disability even if they can't currently use AAC independently.
Being able to share your thoughts and choices means that you can have some autonomy and influence over your own life.
You work hard to include your loved one's preferences and perspective into your planning for their life. What would it mean if you discovered that your loved one could contribute more directly to that conversation?
"Erin helps us to understand how people with disabilities can have good, full lives in community regardless of their degree of their disability. You don't have to wait for some perfect competency to be achieved. Start now!"
But you already knew that!
That is why you are reading about this masterclass by Erin Sheldon, M.Ed., about using AAC as a tool for self-determination and supported decision making.
You know that people with disabilities have thoughts, preferences and opinions about their lives. But you might be struggling to figure out how to understand what they are.
Erin can help start you on a path towards having a more direct method for understanding people's choices .
Many people who cannot rely on words to speak struggle to be understood. Loved ones and support people often do their best to apply what they know of the person’s preferences to the planning process, but may fall short because they lack a direct way to ask the person what they think. Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) methods can provide access to communication and serve as a tool to directly understand the thoughts, preferences and choices of people with significant disabilities and communication barriers.
AAC technology can support us to understand a non-speaking person even before the person can use the technology themselves.
Erin Sheldon earned her graduate degree studying the educational needs of students with Angelman syndrome (AS). Erin conducts professional development workshops and webinars for educators and therapists on the assistive technology, communication, and literacy needs of students with significant disabilities, including AS. She has published journal articles, book chapters, and manuals for educators. Erin is the CEO of Integration Action for Inclusion, Ontario’s parent association for school inclusion. Erin is the mother of Maggie, a 16 year old with deletion-positive Angelman.