Introduction to Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)

Offered by: 
Professional Development
Special EducationCCATT


Learn how Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) can provide support and increase engagement for students with little or no speech. Participants will explore ways to encourage student participation across content areas and provide meaningful access to the curriculum. The effective use of AAC and related Assistive Technology (AT) supports have been shown to improve student progress. This workshop will include an overview of current technology for AAC and AT, strategies and best practices for selection and implementation within the classroom and other settings; and the team process for identification of AAC and AT services.

Audience and Grade Level

Speech-Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, Special Education Teachers, Assistive Technology Specialists, Paraprofessionals, Parents; Grades K - 12


12 PDPs will be awarded to participants upon completion of this training, in addition to outside readings and assignments (as per DESE regulations). Note that these 12 PDPs will apply toward the Special Education-related requirement for recertification. 

Date and Location

October 23 and November 6, 2019, 9:00am - 4:00pm at CES in Northampton.

Cost and Registration

The cost of the workshop is $240 for member districts, and $260 for non-member districts. All open-enrollment courses will now include a full lunch. Please note any dietary preferences when registering.

Registration Deadline: October 16


  • Jeanne Tuthill has worked in a variety of settings as a certified and licensed Speech-Language Pathologist since 1998 and joined the Center as an assistive technology specialist in 2008. She has presented on a variety of AT topics at both local and national conferences, and served as an instructor for a number of DESE statewide Assistive Technology courses.

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    Maggie Wurm is a bilingual (English/Spanish) certified Assistive Technology Specialist. She earned her certification after completing the Assistive Technology Applications Certificate Program through CSUN.

For more information, contact:
Events Coordinator
413.586.4900 x5981


A maximum class size is set for each course and registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. If the number of registrations for a course exceeds the maximum seats available or is too low to be able to conduct a quality learning experience, CES will inform you of available options.

Course Cancellation

If you wish to cancel your registration, please submit a request in writing (via mail, email or fax) no later than 7 business days before the workshop’s start date. After that, there are no refunds or billing adjustments.

In the event that a course is cancelled by the Collaborative for Educational Services, we will notify you as soon as possible. Please be sure to provide your best email address and phone number so we can contact you. Although every effort is made to avoid last minute cancellations, if an emergency arises, we will do our best to reach you at the phone number and email address you provide. 

Inclement Weather

Any delays or cancellations are posted online at You may also call 413.588.5979 after 6:30am for information about classes that day.