An Evening of AAC: ISAAC Online Journal Club

An Evening of AAC: ISAAC Online Journal Club May 6, 2019 

Presenter: Beata Batorowicz

Moderators: Martine M. Smith and Paul Andres

Materials: Presentation by Beata Batorowicz (PDF, 9 MB)

In the world of AAC, many of us see one another at conferences and regularly discuss how useful it would be to have closer contact. Now is our chance.

The German AAC community has a very simple but successful online journal club. Four or five times a year one member of the group prepares an AAC-related journal article (from any one of several journals) for discussion in the group. Around 25 people meet online in a webinar format. The article is presented for roughly 30 minutes and is followed by a moderated discussion. Contributions to the discussion can be either spoken or written in the chat-window of the webinar. The discussion is planned for a further 30 minutes but, as you can imagine, it often runs longer.

We believe that a variation on this format offers an opportunity for the international AAC community. That is why ISAAC has intiated an international version of the same idea. The commentary is in English, but the presentation is very much with non-native speakers in mind.

For the first session Beata Batorowicz kindly offered to jump right in and present an often-cited article on supporting communication partners that will be of interest to everyone supporting users of AAC: “Fundamentals of the ImPAACT Program” by Kent-Walsh and Binger, published in the ASHA Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication in 2013. Here is a short summary of the article.

This idea has the potential to contribute to spreading ideas and information and AAC throughout the region and to bring more professionals into the international AAC community.

If you have questions or comments, please contact Paul Andres, paul@minspeak.de.

May 6, 2019 

Presenter: Beata Batorowicz

Moderators: Martine M. Smith and Paul Andres

Materials: Presentation by Beata Batorowicz (PDF, 9 MB)

In the world of AAC, many of us see one another at conferences and regularly discuss how useful it would be to have closer contact. Now is our chance.

The German AAC community has a very simple but successful online journal club. Four or five times a year one member of the group prepares an AAC-related journal article (from any one of several journals) for discussion in the group. Around 25 people meet online in a webinar format. The article is presented for roughly 30 minutes and is followed by a moderated discussion. Contributions to the discussion can be either spoken or written in the chat-window of the webinar. The discussion is planned for a further 30 minutes but, as you can imagine, it often runs longer.

We believe that a variation on this format offers an opportunity for the international AAC community. That is why ISAAC has intiated an international version of the same idea. The commentary is in English, but the presentation is very much with non-native speakers in mind.

For the first session Beata Batorowicz kindly offered to jump right in and present an often-cited article on supporting communication partners that will be of interest to everyone supporting users of AAC: “Fundamentals of the ImPAACT Program” by Kent-Walsh and Binger, published in the ASHA Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication in 2013. Here is a short summary of the article.

This idea has the potential to contribute to spreading ideas and information and AAC throughout the region and to bring more professionals into the international AAC community.

If you have questions or comments, please contact Paul Andres, paul@minspeak.de.

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