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Core Vocabulary Toolkit Introduction

When developing AAC systems for students with complex communication needs, a robust language system capable of growing and developing along with students must be provided.  With AAC, there are many moving parts, team members with varying levels of background knowledge, and other complexities impacting decision making; having a common framework is helpful (see below). The goal of this site is to provide a well curated, dynamic AAC/core vocabulary toolkit for educational teams.  Basic information regarding Core Vocabulary (CV), Vocabulary Selection, Vocabulary Organization, Assessment of CV, Implementation Principles, and Implementation ideas are provided.  Printable Manual Communication Boards (MCBs) in a variety of formats are available to download, print, and implement with students who have complex communication needs.    

This document was created to share a process for how you might organize and prioritize information related to an Augmentative Communication (AAC) system.  Without these 5 essential practices identified below, meaningful outcomes for AAC are less likely to occur.  Note:  when we think about core vocabulary using this framework, we find it supports Targets (4,2,5) and Tools (2,3,4,5).  
This document was created to share a process for how you might organize and
prioritize information related to an Augmentative Communication (AAC) system.
This document was created to share a process for how you might organize and
prioritize information related to an Augmentative Communication (AAC) system.
AAC Essentials Framework Maureen Nevers       AAC Essential Elements Maureen Nevers 2


Additionally, this site has a compilation of vocabulary lists, evidence based research articles, questionnaires, communication grids, visual supports, video clips and general information from a variety of educators and therapists close to home and around the world.  The Assistive Technology Team at Region 13 would like to keep this site dynamic, ever growing and up to date.  As the field of technology rapidly increases and changes, the Region13 AT team needs to rely not only on information obtained from within but information provided by the educational teams it serves.  Please send any Core Vocabulary information, tips or tricks along with their source to the following email address.  The information may added to the site to assist others in the implementation of a Core Vocabulary Classroom.


A special thank you to the following people for their ideas, research, and dedication to individuals with complex communication needs: Janice Light, Gail Van Tatehnove, Caroline Musselwhite, Lauren Enders, Karen Erickson, Jane Farrall, Pat Mirenda, Linda Burkhart, Gayle Porter, Carole Zangari, Susan Norwell, Chris Bugaj, Maureen Nevers, Erin Sheldon, Sarah Giggs, Shannon Paige, Karen Vinson and Jenny Dumas.