Public policy documents and reports:
Neurodisabilities 2016 forum http://http://neurodisabilitiesforum.org.nz/
UNCRPD (United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities) https://www.un.org/development/desa/disabilities/convention-on-the-rights-of-persons-with-disabilities.html
NZ Disability Strategy https://www.odi.govt.nz...
Autism Living Guidelines - http://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/disability-services/disability-projects/autism-spectrum-disorder-guideline/living-guideline-group-keeping-asd-guideline-date
State of the Sector Invisible Disabilities PDF from Yes Disability
Good practice summaries:
Communication Partner Best Practices PDF as written up by Kate Anderson and additional Research to Practice guides fromthe group.
Play Schemas - I love Susan Harper's summary table PDF as well as her description here.
Informed SLT - https://www.theinformedslp.com/
Research Autism Net - http://researchautism.net/autism-interventions/our-evaluations-interventions
What Works Clearing House - https://ies.ed.gov/ncee/Wwc/
ASHA's systematic reviews - https://www.asha.org/Research/EBP/EBSRs/
ASHA's Evidence Maps - https://www.asha.org/Evidence-Maps/
Cochrane Library - https://www.cochranelibrary.com
Autism - what to look for:
First Words Project- http://firstwordsproject.com/about-16by16/
ASD Detect (their website is temporarily down as of Jan 2020 - you can also download the app) - http://asdetect.org/
Chart comparing DSM IV versus DSM V regarding ASD - Harker and Stone 2014 PDF
Literacy for All is an amazing resource, particularly for learners with complex needs - http://http://literacyforallinstruction.ca
Centre for Literacy and Disability Studies - https://www.med.unc.edu/ahs/clds
Jane Farrall's blog -http://www.janefarrall.com/literacy
Willians Hill School - https://willanshil-s.schools.nsw.gov.au/learning-at-our-school/literacy-and-communication.html
Five from Five outlines the key reserach for literacy instruction - https://fivefromfive.com.au/
Bookshare is a database that let's you look up books by theme, part of speech, phoneme etc - https://booksharetime.com/books
Bridge Assessment - https://www.med.unc.edu/ahs/clds/resources/early-childhood-resources-1/the-bridge-assessment
Communication Matrix - https://communicationmatrix.org/
PACT frameworks - https://pactinfo.education.govt.nz/about-the-pact/the-frameworks/
MacAurthur Communication Checklist
- NZ version (contact authors before using) http://www.cmds.canterbury.ac.nz/documents/NZ-CDI-2012.pdf (
- Samoan and Tongan - http://www.growingup.co.nz/...
Technology and tools:
App review list - AAC - http://www.janefarrall.com/aac-apps-lists/
App review list - https://otswithapps.com/2017/10/26/call-scotland-new-revised-apps-wheel/
Alternative Pencils http://alternativepencils.weebly.com/
Co-Writer - British English (not Universal) - https://learningtools.donjohnston.com/product/cowriter/
Tar Heel Reader - https://tarheelreader.org/
Pictello - http://www.assistiveware.com/product/pictello
Pictello and Tar Heel reader converter - http://www.assistiveware.com/tar-heel-reader-pictello-converter
Nonexhaustive list of resources for making low tech supports
- Online tools for making visual supports or communication boards
- Augmentative Resources Inc - http://www.augresources.com/category-s/1817.htm including Velcro Dots
- Indiana University Visual Support Samples - https://www.iidc.indiana.edu/pages/visualsupports
Resources regarding reporting abuse
Central MN Sexual Assault Center's collection of symbols to support discussing abuse and crime - https://cmsac.org/communication-tools/ from their Who, What, Where, When: A Symbol Book for Communicating with Sexual Assault Survivors who use Augmentative and Alternative Communication.
Child Matters NZ - http://www.childmatters.org.nz
Blogs / youtube / FB pages:
Praactical AAC has a great FB pages as well - http://praacticalaac.org/
Caroline Musselwhite's two pages:
We Speak Podd -
Uncommon Sense Blog - http://niederfamily.blogspot.co.nz/p/our-communicationaac-journey.html
Some of my own thoughts and research shared publicly:
2018 Submission to Education subcommitte at Parliment
2017 Open Letter regarding the need for expressive voices for AAC technology
2017 Open Letter regarding language impairments and policy
2016 Submission to the NZ Parliamentary Select Committee regarding the Education Update
2015 Forum Note in AAC journal with Graham Pullin regarding need for expressive speech synthesis
2014 Published Collaboration with Éva Székely, Zeeshan Ahmeda, João P. Cabral, and Julie Carson-Berndsen
2007 Article outlining the state of the art in AAC with Krista Wilkinson with a focus on people with intellectual impairments
Accessing funding for AAC technology in New Zealand
Health funding - either ACC or MOH
Any one can refer themselves to TalkLink for an assessment.
You can also contact a private specialist with CAT-1 accreditation from Enable (a service we also provide). It is strong advised that you seek out an assessment, however given the long wait lists and the reality that some AAC options now cost less than a full assessment, some families are opting to self-fund apps. We strongly urge you to consider and/or trial at least 2 options if possible.
Here is a partial list of the types of symbol based iOS AAC apps that are considered to provide a reasonably robust, high quality vocabulary set (in alphabetical order). They differ significantly in terms of pricing structure (subscription v one off payment) and design principals (motor planning, pragmatic organisation, alphabet/semantic categories/syntactic prediction layouts, search features, voice quality, symbol sets etc). Jane Farrall's app list is an excellent starting point. Inclusive Communication's assessment kit includes demo versions of the following apps:
- LAMP Words for Life (similiar to Minspeak)
- Tobi Dynavox(PODD set / Compass)
- TouchChat with Wordpower (the WordPower is key)
There currently are no Kiwi synthetic accented voices on the market. Nor has a synthetic speech engine been developed for the Te Reo Maori language. There are some great people working on this though at the moment!
Voice banking is an option if you want to create a custom voice using your own voice (or even someone else's voice that fits your gender, regional accent, and age).
This is a powerful tool if you are at risk for losing your own voice due to cancer, surgery, or a progressive numerological disorder. This technology also allows someone to "donate" their voice to someone who would like to be able to speak with a voice that better reflects their regional identity, gender, and/or age.
Voice banking / custom voices for AAC
Cereproc - https://www.cereproc.com/en/services/voicecreation
VocalID - https://www.vocalid.co/
Acapella - https://www.acapela-group.com/solutions/my-own-voice/
Modeltalker - www.modeltalker.org/