Below are links to information about the importance of communication (receptive and expressive) in educating students with extensive learning needs. See also the extensive list of Communication Resources found in our South Dakota AAC CoP section. 

  • Dear Colleague Letter – explains federal regulations regarding schools’ obligations to meet the communication needs of students: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. This also includes “Frequently Asked Questions on Effective Communication for Students with Hearing, Vision, or Speech Disabilities in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools,” found on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) website.
  • Downloadable Picture Symbols –  a website designed to support students with special needs; there is free teacher and parent material, which includes downloadable picture symbols (though few are academic) educational supplies, games and resources
  • Free Boardmaker Boards – collection of free Boardmaker boards; excellent if you already have Boardmaker; not all of the links work though
  • Proloquo2Go – widely-used symbol-based AAC for use on Apple devices, developed by AssistiveWare
  • Tactile and Symbol Directory – from Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired; this site offers information on developing and using tactile symbols
  • UDL Tech Toolkit – excellent collection of resources to help achieve UDL; includes math manipulatives, graphic organizers, writing tools, text-to-speech and much more