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Most students who use or should be using augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) in the U.S. are not communicating proficiently.
Further, research shows that unequal access to AAC is a major barrier for autistic students with little functional speech.
Educators in school settings - including teachers, paraprofessionals, and others - can play a pivotal role in encouraging, or hindering, the engagement of students who use AAC.
Communication Partner training for individuals who work in educational settings is a “critical intervention component” in improving students’ AAC access and outcomes.
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