Interdisciplinary Augmentative Communication and Technology Team
"Not being able to speak is not the same as not having anything to say."
Communication Bill of Rights
CPD-SA 90 "Early Language Learners and
Augmentative Communication and Assistive Technology" - this course will
be offered in the second semester of 2016-17. MCPS staff can check PDO in late December to see details.
InterACT is staffed
and supported through the Division of PreKindergarten, Special Programs
and Related Services. The team consists of speech/language pathologists,
occupational therapists, a physical therapist, special educators, and
technical support assistants. InterACT
collaborates with school teams to support MCPS students with severe
communication disabilities, provides professional development
opportunities, and supports the development of adapted materials to
enable students to participate in the curriculum.
- to serve students through age twenty-one who are
- nonspeaking or severely limited in speech and/or
- unable to produce written output due to severe physical disabilities
and whose needs exceed the resources available at the school level
- to collaborate with school teams to support MCPS students with severe communication disabilities in order to
- increase the student's ability to
communicate through augmentative communication and other assistive
technology systems and strategies
- expand the student's communication skills in school, home, community, and work environment
What is an Assistive Technology device?
device means any item, piece of equipment, or product system, whether
acquired commercially off the shelf, modified, or customized, that is
used to increase, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of a
child with a disability." Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
What is Augmentative Communication?
Augmentative and Alternate Communication (AAC)
is "an area of clinical practice that attempts to compensate (either
temporarily or permanently) for the impairment and disability patterns
of individuals with severe expressive communication disorders (i.e. the
severely speech-language and writing impaired)." - American
Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 1989