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Alternative types of communication 

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Remember, everyone can communicate.

 

Everyone communicates differently and has different communication needs. 

 

It is up to you to understand and adapt.

Using easy-to-understand language makes it easier for people with intellectual disabilities to communicate. But some people will need alternative types of communication to take part.

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​Alternative types of communication for people who don’t verbally communicate are called Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC).

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Ask the person using Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) what works for them.

Some types of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) use technology. For example, communication apps on phones or tablets.

 

Other types of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) use other methods. For example, picture cards.

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Always talk to the person you are communicating with, not their support person.

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Give people time to use Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC).

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Check with the person if you don’t understand something. 

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Consider getting training on Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC).

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Useful resources

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Training video about AAC 

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Guide to including AAC users

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