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enABLING 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.