Lets Discuss! Developing an ecosystem to support AAC users in the mainstream classroom

Thematic area of learning: 
Assistive Technology; Augmentative and Alternative Communication; eLearning and Education
Typical target learners: 
Any professionals who work with children and young adults with CCN within a mainstream setting e.g. educators, allied health professionals, AT specialists
Learning outcomes of the session
Please list the 3 most relevant learning outcomes by completing the following phrase: At the end of the session the participants will ...
Outcome 1.: 
Participants will learn how AAC and educational technology can support an AAC user in the classroom.
Outcome 2: 
Participants will learn about tools, which can be used in the classroom to facilitate inclusion of AAC users.
Outcome 3: 
Participants will identify some best practices and considerations that support inclusion of AAC users in the classroom.
Proposed format: 
Lecturers / teachers / experts / support figures that will be involved: 
Sharon Borg Schembri Dr. May Agius Bernice Farrugia
This workshop will provide participants with an opportunity to discuss the inclusion of children and young adults with Complex and Communication Needs (CCN) within a mainstream classroom setting. The session will commence with an overview of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) and educational technology that can be utilised to support communication and access to the curriculum. The presenters will share tools that they use in their practice to support inclusion. Participants will be invited to contribute in the discussion by sharing tools and practices that they are currently using in their own work settings. The final part of this session will be designed to discuss and achieve consensus on the factors that are considered as important when facilitating inclusion of children with CCN in the classroom.