North Carolina Augmentative Communication Association

Resources

The Center for Literacy & Disability Studies

The Center for Literacy & Disability Studies is a non-profit, research center located at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. The center also provides training and continuing education for teachers, therapists and caregivers who serve individuals with disabilities, including those who need augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). The mission of the center is to further literacy and communication development for all individuals, including those with the most significant needs.

  • Overview of center's research and training activities
  • Alternative pencil overview and ordering information
  • Informal literacy assessment resources
  • Literacy "how to" handouts and resources
  • Online case studies of students with deaf-blindness
  • Past presentations
  • Research briefs
  • Tactual book directions

Visit the center's website: www.med.unc.edu/ahs/clds


North Carolina Assistive Technology Program

The North Carolina Assistive Technology Program (NCATP) is a state and federally funded program that provides assistive technology services statewide to people of all ages and abilities. Each of the AT Centers offers: * Device Demonstration – Get hands on experience with equipment.

  • Device Loan – Borrow a device short term to try it out.
  • Device Reutilization – Find used equipment on the Technology Exchange Post
  • Training and Technical Assistance – Receive assistive technology expertise.
  • Public Awareness – Get a general overview of AT and NCATP services.
  • Coordination & Collaboration – NCATP networks with agencies and organizations regionally and statewide so that AT issues are included in planning and policy development.

Visit the NCATP website at http://www.ncatp.org/


Assistive Technology Exchange Post

NCATP maintains the online Assistive Technology Exchange Post and allows North Carolinians to either list assistive technology devices for sale as well as post assistive technology devices they need. Anyone may browse the items listed on the Exchange Post but registration is required to access contact information for persons with items listed. The Assistive Technology Exchange Post offers many features making AT equipment exchange efficient for both buyers and sellers.

Visit the NC Assistive Technology Exchange Post at http://www.ncexchangepost.org/home.php


Exceptional Children's Assistance Center

The Exceptional Children's Assistance Center (ECAC) is North Carolina’s Parent Center and is committed to improving the lives and education of ALL children. Established in 1983, ECAC offers a variety of projects and services designed to meet the needs of NC parents, families, students, educators, and other professionals. ECAC is home to three key parent education programs:

  • NC Parent Training & Information Center (PTI), a project for parents and families with children who have disabilities or special needs and their teachers and other professionals. The PTI provides parents and families with the information and skills needed to be their child’s BEST Advocate!
  • Parent Partners, a Parent Information and Resource Center (PIRC), a project for families, students and educators in Title 1 schools, with an emphasis on providing education and information on No Child Left Behind.
  • NC Family to Family Health Information Center (HIC), a project providing information and support to families with children who have special health care needs, including information about the NC Medicaid Waiver Program, private and public health insurance, Medical Home and more!

Visit the ECAC website at http://www.ecac-parentcenter.org/


International Society for Augmentative & Alternative Communication

The International Society for Augmentative & Alternative Communication (ISAAC) - works to improve the life of every child and adult with speech difficulties. ISAAC members want everyone in the world to know about AAC. ISAAC started in 1983 and has thousands of members in 50 countries. ISAAC and all the people who belong to ISAAC share a hope that AAC will be recognized (known) and valued and used everywhere in the world. Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) is the official journal of the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ISAAC), published quarterly by Taylor & Francis Limited of Oxfordshire, United Kingdom. AAC publishes original articles with direct application to the communication needs of persons with severe speech and/or communication impairments for whom augmentative and alternative communication techniques and systems may be of assistance.

Visit the ISAAC website at http://www.isaac-online.org/en/home.shtml