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Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Support Group
at St. Cloud State University Speech-Language and Hearing Clinic

Welcome to the AAC Support Group; a social, non-profit support group for people who use augmentative and alternative ways to communicate.  These methods can include verbal speech along with pictures, signs, written words, communication systems, and technology.  Any person who uses additional ways to communicate is welcome to join! We will discuss a different theme each week; please tell us about discussion topics that interest you!

Mission
The purpose of this group is:
1. To bring together people who use augmentative and alternative ways to communicate, their friends, and interested persons in order to facilitate insightful discussion, camaraderie, and well being in a safe and supportive environment.
2. To provide an accepting and nonjudgmental forum for sharing personal experiences with others, using a variety of communication methods and/or devices and, as needed, the help of others to use communication compensatory techniques.
3. To be a place to communicate using AAC openly, with enough time to express thoughts freely, and make mistakes without fear.
4. To act as a vehicle to educate ourselves, our friends and family, and the general public about using augmentative and alternative communication, and the needs and capabilities of persons who use AAC.

Interested??
We will be holding regular AAC Support Group meetings the second or third Thursday of every month from 6:30-8:00PM in Room 119 of Brown Hall (151 8th St. S.) at St. Cloud State University. There is free and handicap parking available in the front of the building and in any lot around Brown Hall. Please pass on this information to anyone who may be interested (parents, co-workers, uncles, cousins, significant others, teachers, parents, friends). 

Dates for Fall 2013 meetings are: Sept. 12, Oct. 17 (3rd), Nov. 21 (3rd), and Dec. 12 (2nd).  Dates TBD in January 2014!

Some helpful links to more information on AAC and other websites:
www.isaac-online.org
www.resna.org
www.assistiveware.com (Proloquo2Goand iPads)
www.selfadvocacy.org/

Contact Information:
Jodel Page, MS, CCC-SLP (jlcarrigan@stcloudstate.edu)
320-308-2092

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