FORT WAYNE, Ind.—Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne's (IPFW) Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders is sponsoring an event that gives the public a hands-on opportunity to see what it would be like to communicate using Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) devices.
The event, AAC World, will have different stations set up to teach attendees how to use a variety of communication methods other than speech in real life situations.
The purpose of this event is to raise awareness about the use of AAC devices and to promote the acceptance of their communication. AAC World is free and open to the public. Police officers, firefighters, and educators are encouraged to attend because of the increased likelihood of coming into contact with individuals who use AAC devices to communicate. AAC World is Saturday, October 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the IPFW Walb Student Union Ballroom.
This event was made possible by the generous $5,000 grant given by the AWS Foundation. “The ability to communicate one’s wants, needs, and desires is fundamental to quality of life. For individuals with disabilities unable to communicate using speech, augmentative and alternative communication methods are invaluable tools to helping them more fully interact with those around them," said Lynne Gilmore, executive director of the AWS Foundation. "We appreciate IPFW’s Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders taking the lead to educate the community about AAC and being a resource for device users and service providers."
For more information contact Sharon Egly, continuing lecturer and director of the Communication and Disorders Clinic, 260-481-6952 or firstname.lastname@example.org.