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TOOLS, METHODS and RESOURCES to SUPPORT AAC EVIDENCEBASED PRACTICE Historically, the best available external clinical evidence has been collected using traditional or manual methods of observation and analysis. The AAC assessment has been defined as a process. AAC uses a variety of techniques and tools, including picture communication boards, line drawings, speech-generating devices (SGDs), tangible objects, manual signs, gestures, and finger spelling, to help the individual express thoughts, wants and needs, feelings, and ideas. Speak for Yourself (SfY) is an Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) application that was created by speech-language pathologists. This AAC app turns the iPad into a communication device. It gives a voice to adults and children who are not able to speak or are limited in their ability to express themselves verbally. All disability documentation submitted to the AAC Director is confidential. It is the student's responsibility to initiate contact with the AAC Director regarding any learning disability, and it is up to the student to continue the accommodation process by communicating his/her needs to the faculty after completing the approval process. Home / AAC Instruction, Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), Documentation and Data Collection, Functional Communication and Nonverbal Children, Time Savers for Speech Therapists / SLP’s Guide to Getting Started with AAC.
Evaluation Example Letters
Following are some examples of AAC evaluation reports for a variety of language systems and diagnoses. Please feel free to use these as a starting point and customize for your client.
Speech Evaluation Worksheet for SLPs
This data collection worksheet is designed for evaluating therapists to make notes as they complete an AAC evaluation and is directly applicable to the complete AAC Evaluation found online. Please note: This is not an exhaustive document; rather, it provides the overall structure of the online report writing tool.
Download the worksheet
AAC Evaluation for an SGD Example (PDF)
AAC Evaluation for an SGD - Autism Example (PDF)
AAC Evaluation for an SGD - Rett Syndrome Example (PDF)
AAC Evaluation for an SGD - Cerebral Palsy Example (PDF)
AAC Evaluation for an SGD - CVA Example (PDF)
AAC Evaluation for an SGD - Down Syndrome Example (PDF)
AAC Evaluation for an SGD - Essence Example (PDF)
Repair Evaluation Example (PDF)
Trial Evaluation (PDF)
Trial Evaluation Spanish (PDF)
AAC Evaluation for an SGD – Autism Example (Saltillo PDF)
AAC Evaluation for an SGD – Cerebral Palsy Example (Saltillo PDF)
AAC Evaluation for an SGD – CVA Example (Saltillo PDF)
AAC Evaluation for an SGD – Down Syndrome Example (Saltillo PDF)
Repair Evaluation Example (Saltillo PDF)
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Appeal Example Letters
Despite the best of efforts, not every funding request results in a positive outcome. Many times, however, decisions can be overturned by following the appeal process outlined by the funding source.
Following are some examples of appeal letters with common reasons for denial. Please feel free to use them as a starting point when going through the appeals process.
12-Week Rental Not Approved (PDF)
Can Be Used for Purposes Other Than Communication (PDF)
Client Already Has Device (PDF)
Client Does Not Need High-tech Device (PDF)
Client is Not Able to Use This Device Independently (PDF)
Comfort or Convenience (PDF)
Medical Necessity of LAMP Words for Life® (PDF)
Preferred Provider Arrangement with Another Vendor (PDF)
iPad Good Enough (PDF)
For information on your rights under various programs, aid from protection and advocacy organizations, and appeal support, visit the U.S. Department of Labor's Disability Resources website.
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Trial Data Collection Sheet (PDF)
Deferral-Denial Quick Reference Guide (PDF)
Medical Release Form
Lasell University is an institution committed to fostering a learning environment where students strive for excellence. If you are a student with a documented disability, you may benefit from certain supports. Academic accommodations are determined on an individual basis, facilitated by the Director of the Academic Achievement Center and Learning Disabilities Services.
If you believe you qualify and would benefit from appropriate and reasonable accommodations, the AAC Director is available to discuss those options with you. Please contact Dolores Radlo via e-mail: [email protected], call: 617-243-2474/fax: 617-243-2309, or visit the Brennan Library, Main Level, Rm. 207.
How to Request Academic Accommodations at Lasell University
Disability Registration & Accommodation Request
General Information for Students with Disabilities
Frequently Asked Questions:
How are accommodations determined at Lasell University?
Accommodations are determined on an individual basis, with a thorough review of comprehensive disability documentation and a confidential consultation with the student. Students must provide documentation to the AAC director in a timely manner, preferably within the first week of the semester, to ensure each student's needs are addressed appropriately.
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What documentation is required to determine the most appropriate and reasonable accommodations?
Documentation must be current and comprehensive, made within three to five years of the request for accommodation. It must verify the nature and extent of a specific disability as diagnosed by an evaluator with appropriate professional credentials and include relevant testing results. The need for specific academic adjustments must be clearly substantiated based on current need.
Approved accommodations may differ from those previously provided, as they must appropriately address the current impact of the disability on the student's performance in a collegiate setting.
What is the process to request and attain learning disability accommodations at Lasell University?
Students must gather copies of relevant disability documentation, and email the director at [email protected], call 617-243-2474, or use Starfish to schedule an appointment for a confidential conversation.
Once the documentation is submitted, students must schedule a meeting with the AAC director to discuss the need for appropriate and reasonable accommodations and to complete the internal accommodation forms. Academic accommodations are determined on an individual basis, with a thorough review of comprehensive disability documentation and a confidential consultation with the student. As accommodation forms will be specific to individual courses, students must meet with AAC staff at the beginning of each semester to obtain updated forms and review progress.
Does submitted disability documentation remain confidential?
Lasell University ensures FERPA and HIPAA privacy rule compliance. All disability documentation submitted to the AAC Director is confidential. It is the student's responsibility to initiate contact with the AAC Director regarding any learning disability, and it is up to the student to continue the accommodation process by communicating his/her needs to the faculty after completing the approval process. Lasell University recognizes the right of the student to determine who receives/has access to disability-related information, as well as the right to confidentiality.
Students may contact the AAC Director at any time with questions or for more information regarding disabilities and academic accommodations, as well as other academic supports available to students through the Academic Achievement Center.
Where can I get more information about the transition from high school to college for students with disabilities?
The Association on Higher Education And Disability (AHEAD) website is an informative resource for students and parents who are looking for more information regarding services for disabilities at the post-secondary level.
Where can I find information about testing for a learning disability and/or ADD?
Ask your primary care physician about a referral for appropriate testing options. The Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA) website may also help students research other possibilities.
Can you summarize the steps I need to take to request reasonable academic accommodations?
Gather your comprehensive learning disability documentation.
Submit your registration form and disability documentation to the Academic Achievement Center (AAC) Director and Learning Disabilities Services for review.
Email: [email protected]
Office: Brennan Library Room 207
Mail: ATTN: Dolores Radlo, ACC - 1844 Commonwealth Ave., Newton, MA 02466
Schedule a meeting with the AAC Director for a confidential conversation regarding your request for accommodations at or before the beginning of the semester.
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Meet with the AAC Director, discuss appropriate academic accommodations and complete approval process.
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Communicate learning needs with faculty at the beginning of the semester.
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