Teachers -- Activity #1 -- Self-study & discussion
in class or online
Dispelling misconceptions about AAC:
Suggestions for Educators:
Want to open your students' eyes to some pre-conceived
notions about AAC?
All of us have preconceptions about the field
of alternative communication and the people who rely on AAC. These instructions
are designed for you to use directly in your syllabus. Before you send
the students to do this task, you might encourage them to evaluate all
web sites to determine how reliable the information is, who posted the
information and why. This site should not be an exception.
Suggested Instructions for Students:
Step 1: Please visit the AT/AAC website (http://depts.washington.edu/enables).
Browse through the Home Page and the About Us page to learn the purpose
and scope of this website.
Step 2: Go to the “Technical Requirements”
page by following the link in a box at the left on the Home Page or
by going directly to: http://depts.washington.edu/enables/tech_req.htm
Make sure you have the computer set up to view video
on this site. If you cannot view any clips on the test page, follow
the instructions there to update the software on your computer OR go
to a public library or university computer lab to do this assignment.
Step 2: go to “Dispelling Myths in AAC” (http://depts.washington.edu/enables/myths/myths_aac.htm).
Browse through these stories about people who break the stereotypes.
Step 3: Take notes on the myths and stories that surprised you the
most. Be prepared to discuss them in class using the individual’s
name and the type of myth dispelled.