This is list or organizations, web sites, workshops, curricular materials, etc. that consistently appear when searching my key terms (Butin, 2010).
Augmentative & Alternative Communication (AAC)
- Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) on AAC is a collaborative center committed to advancing knowledge and producing innovative engineering solutions in AAC.
- American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) is the national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for audiologists; speech-language pathologists; and speech, language, and hearing scientists.
- AAC-Rehabilitation Engineering Research Centers (AAC-RERC) conducts a comprehensive program of research, development, training, and dissemination activities that addresses the NIDRR priorities and seeks to improve technologies for individuals who rely on AAC technologies.
- United States Society for AAC (USSAAC) is the national chapter of ISAAC, the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication. The organization is dedicated to supporting the needs and desires of people who use AAC, as well as the family members, professionals, and manufacturers who make up the community. AAC refers to methods of communication that enhance (augment) or replace (alternative) conventional forms of expression.
- AAC Institute promotes the goal of AAC, the AAC Rules of Committment, and evidence-based AAC clinical practice. The mission is accomplished through service delivery, research, activity organization, information dissemination, and education.
- Angelman AAC is a blog created by a parent of a child with Angelman Syndrome to help organize all the wonderful work parents are doing with AAC and literacy.
- PrAACtical AAC is a blog created by Dr. Carole Zangari of Nova Southeastern University in Florida where she is a professor of Speech and Language Pathology. The mission of the blog is to improve the level of AAC services available to individuals with significant communication challenges by supporting speech-language pathologists and other interested stakeholders.
- Jane Farrall is a speech pathologist and special educator passionate about literacy, AAC, and Assistive Technology (AT). She is now consulting and conducting workshops.
- AAC Intervention is a webpage created by Dr. Caroline Musselwhite featuring the annual conference AAC in the Desert, the AAC Girls' blog, and much more.
- AAC Literacy with Deanna Wagner is a wiki to support students who use AAC in becoming literate.
- Star In Her Eye is a blog by Heather Kirn Lanier, a parent of a child with Wolf-Hirschhorn Syndrome (WHS) who uses AAC.
- Uncommon Sense is a blog by Dana Nieder, a parent of a child with an undiagnosed global delay that affects her verbal speech and therefore uses an AAC.
- Teaching Learners with Multiple Special Needs is a blog by Kate Ahern, a special education teacher and AAC consultant. She is a creative problems solver who believes in children.
Assistive Technology (AT)
- Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA) is the premier professional organization dedicated to promoting the health and well-being of people with disabilities through increasing access to technology solutions.
- Glenda's AT blog aims to serve as a voice of a constant researcher in the field of educational and assistive technologies so that the best products, strategies and services may be located easily in hopes that they will then be delivered, taught and used to better the lives of people with disabilities.
- Independent Living Centre NSW provides impartial advice, information, and leadership on assistive technology that builds possibilities for choice.
- Goldstick Initiative is meeting the need for a training and research doctoral program in the area of communication disorders in children and youth in the Department of Special Education at the College of Education at Illinois. The Goldstick Family Lecture Series in Communicative Disorders has featured the following speakers: Karen Erickson from UNC at Chapel Hill, Ilene Schwartz from University of Washington, Ann Kaiser from Vanderbilt University, Joe Reichle from University of Minnesota, and Amy Wetherby from Florida State University.
- The Communication Matrix is an assessment tool designed for writing communication goals and offers a blog for their community to discuss ways to improve the outcomes of those with complex communication needs (CCN).
Inclusion (Strategies, Methods, and Interventions)
- SWIFT (Schoolwide Integrated Framework for Transformation) is a national K-8 center that provides academic and behavioral support to promote the learning and academic achievement of all students, including students with disabilities and those with the most extensive needs.
- Early CHOICES is an LRE workgroup operated through a grant awarded by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) to School Association for Special Education in DuPage County (SASED). Early CHOICES is the preschool Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) initiative and provides professional development and technical assistance to the early childhood community in Illinois.
- STARnet provides a variety of opportunities for personal and professional growth for those who touch the lives of young children, ages birth through eight, with an emphasis on those with special needs. STARnet supports family-centered, researched and effective practices in early childhood education and care.
- TASH is an international leader in disability advocacy. TASH advocates for human rights and inclusion for people with significant disabilities and support needs.
- The Inclusive Schools Network (ISN) is a web-based resource for families, schools and communities that promotes inclusive educational practices worldwide.
- Illinois Includes is a conference designed to build community and create supports so all learners can succeed.
- U.S. Department of Education provides federal resources on legislation, regulations, and other policy documents.
- Paula Kluth, former educator and now author, consultant and advocate, promotes inclusive schooling and explores positive ways to support students.
- Shelley Moore is a inclusion consultant who has a fantastic website full of resources.
- The Whole Schooling Consortium is an international network dedicated to creating schools that have great learning experiences for ALL children learning well together.
Universal Design for Learning (UDL)
- The National Center on UDL was created to support the effective implementation of UDL by connecting stakeholders in the field and providing resources and information.
Children's Books for AAC & Inclusion
- Five Books Featuring Children Who Use AAC (blog) by Praactical AAC (great blog that others are adding books titles to)
- How Katie Got a Voice (and a Cool Nickname) by Patricia L. Mervine (2012) and a disability awareness video (YouTube link)
- Fur Cubs Present: First Day of School by C. Lynne Luster (2010)
- My Eyes Can Talk by Michele E. Masse and Bruce N. Masse (2015)
- Curious George Gets A Talker by Dana Nieder (2016, Aug 23) unpublished, homemade book available for free download at her Uncommon Sense blog