Becoming an Exceptional AAC Leader: Inspiration from 15 Augmentative and Alternative Communication Champions (Becoming an Exceptional Leader)

Lydia’s new book she co-authored. Learn more below. Available both in Kindle and Paperback.

Lydia’s new book she co-authored. Learn more below. Available both in Kindle and Paperback from Amazon.

Whether you are new to the augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) community or have been an active member for years, this collection of stories will help complete your understanding of how and why people are so passionately in support of access to communication. Each author shares their personal experiences with AAC and offers an intimate look at career paths, language system creation, software development, research, resources, and lived-experience. Each chapter is written by a diverse representation of the AAC community: parent of a child with a disability, speech-language pathologist, assistive technology expert, academic professional, and people who are using augmentative technology to communicate.

We are real people with real doubts, challenges, and successes – in addition to a special connection to the world of communication. Our diverse backgrounds and unique voices come together to provide a personal perspective as well as historical value to the progress achieved in AAC over the years.

We offer this intimate look at our journey to you and invite you to discover your personal potential, embrace the journey, and become more active in this global community.

Early Reviews:

“In a world of empirical data, best practice paradigms and webinar announcements we are far too rarely given an opportunity to hear the stories of those who drive the innovation and provide leadership fueling our profession. Yet these stories are a nexus connecting us all by being fantastic and unique and at times strikingly similar to our own. The AAC champions in this volume tell their stories with a grace and vulnerability that will inspire you to breathe freely, elevate your gaze, and step forward with purpose, fulfillment, and a very real connection to all AAC stakeholders.”

Chris Gibbons PhD, CCC/SLP
Head of Smartbox Inc.

“After a year defined by distance, this book brings a sense of closeness with the people who have inspired me. A collection of fascinating, sometimes intimate, narratives from leaders in the field sharing their difficult moments, perseverance, and subsequent successes. Our shared loved of AAC provides people with voices – with this book they are heard worldwide.”
Charlie Danger MSc, OT/R, ATP
Occupational Therapist, Assistive Technology Expert

Foreword by: Alan Brightman
Founder & former Director,
Worldwide Disability Solutions Group – Apple Inc.
Founder & former Vice President, Global Accessibility – Yahoo!
Author of “Disabilityland”

CoAuthors:
Brandi Wentland
Carole Zangari
Caroline Musselwhite
Gayle Porter
India Ochs
Jane Odom
Kate Ahern
Kathy Howery
Krista Howard
Lateef McLeod
Lucas Steuber
Lydia Dawley
Mai Ling Chan
Richard Ellenson
Tim Jin

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