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Autism, AAC, and Communicative Choice: Lessons from the Autistic Community (PD102750)

Presenter(s): Amy L. Donaldson, PhD, CCC-SLP; endever* corbin,
Course Description

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This session discusses communicative choice and agency for students on the autism spectrum. The speakers address these topics within a framework of neurodiversity and anti-ableism, presenting recommendations from the autistic community to support professionals in facilitating communication access for all children, including speech and augmentative and alternative communication.

This course is a recorded session from the 2022 ASHA Schools Connect online conference.

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Learning Outcomes
You will be able to:

  • List three types of speech demonstrated by speaking autistic children who use AAC 
  • Describe three strategies to support communication access for autistic children 
  • Explain how models of disability can influence approaches to communicative choice and agency

Presenter Information

Amy Donaldson, PhD, CCC-SLP (she/her) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Speech & Hearing Sciences at Portland State University. Using a participatory research model, she is interested in investigating social communication and social interaction, particularly within the autistic community from a neurodiversity perspective. She has been a clinician for over 25 years.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Financial compensation from ASHA for this presentation
  • Employed as Associate Professor in the Department of Speech & Hearing Sciences at Portland State University
  • Grant funding from National Institute of General Medical Sciences of the National Institutes of Health; the content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • None

endever* corbin, one of the moderators for #AutChat on Twitter, is a semispeaking autistic self-advocate who is multiple disabled, trans, and queer. They enjoy sharing their lived experience and expertise as an AAC user with professionals, caregivers, and peers. Xe is proud to contribute to academic work as a community research partner and as a presenter at conferences. Pronouns: they/them/theirs or xe/xem/xyrs

Financial Disclosures:

  • Financial compensation from ASHA for this presentation

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • None

Assessment Type

Self-assessment—Think about what you learned and report on the Completion Form how you will use your new knowledge.

To earn continuing education credit, you must complete the learning assessment by the end date below.

Program History and CE Information

Online conference dates: July 13–25, 2022
End date: May 31, 2028

This course is offered for 0.1 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).

Subscribers Ratings
PDH: 1
ASHA CEU*: 0.1
Item #(s): PD102750
Available Through: May 31, 2028