Expression Connection is a program of the DSCBA Educational Alliance. Through this program, we ensure that children who have communication and speech difficulty due to Down syndrome have access to Alternative and Augmentative Communication systems. It is our goal to make sure every individual is empowered and has the ability to communicate. We offer a lending library of AAC devices, consultations and training presentations.
To learn more about the program, please see our information guide here:
- If you are in SF, the East and/or South Bay, please contact: Reeni Kraft M.S.,CCC-SLP, firstname.lastname@example.org.
- For North Bay services, please contact: Celia Hughell, M.S., CCC-SLP, email@example.com
Thank you to the California Communication Access Foundation for giving the gift of expression to our members and education to their families and schools!
Low Tech Library
Children and adults with moderate to severe speech impairments benefit from alternative and additional ways to talk. Communication boards are a great low-tech AAC tool to quickly improve basic communication. These boards can also be utilized as visual supports to help with comprehension and/or following multi step tasks.
How the library works
- Find a board and print! Select the pdf file, download it to your device and print.
- Customize. Did you find a board that will work but needs a little personalization such as pictures, names, etc.? Customization of a board can be requested by submitting this form:
Check out what we have in our AAC lending library here.
For information on the Loan Agreement, please click here.
If you are interested in borrowing from the AAC lending library, please contact:
- Celia at firstname.lastname@example.org (North Bay)
- Reeni at email@example.com (SF, East Bay, South Bay)
The following presentations have been presented at the DSC:
AAC Basics: Provides AAC definitions and systems, and identifying when AAC is needed
AAC Services: Discusses where services can be obtained and the components that guide AAC intervention
AAC & Literacy Instruction: Presents literacy models and AAC/literacy implementation and programs
AAC Myths: Identifies common myths and truths about AAC
AAC Systems and Strategies for Individuals Diagnosed With DS/ASD
Fostering Friendships: Explores interpersonal, educational, and communicative components for facilitating friendships
Personal Books: Discusses the hows and whys of creating personal books to support literacy
Power of Communication: Highlights AAC systems and strategies utilized in 4 diverse children with Down syndrome
Access through AT: Shares tech-based tools and strategies to make math, reading, and writing more accessible
COMMUNICATION APP WHEEL: Communication apps organized by function and features.
Non-Content-Specific Apps: These are great apps to reinforce and modify curriculum. Fun learning tools!
AAC Apps: Brought to us by our friends at the Technology Resource Center of Marin.
Funding Guide: Dr. Marilyn Buzolich, a world-renowned AAC specialist from San Francisco, CA. You can find more information at www.acts-at.com.
PRAACTICAL AAC: A blog about the state of the field, sharing information about implementing AAC strategies, providing resources and discussing news of interest to the AAC community.
YAACK: Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Connecting Young Kids (YAACK) is a website that covers issues related to AAC and young children.
AAC INSTITUTE: A nonprofit, charitable organization dedicated to the most effective communication for people who rely on Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC).
BOSTON CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL: The Augmentative Communication Program has a rich history in the design, development and research of assistive technology in issues related to augmentative communication.
SPECTRONICS: A great resource for AAC communication-based apps.
ACTS: ACTS has provided AAC and AT services in the Bay Area since 1982. In addition to services, ACTS contains a wealth of information regarding best practices in AAC and funding.
Program FeedbackFrom resources and inclusion specialists: “(Student) uses his AAC device to answer questions which allow him access to participate in games with his peers, and allow greater access to the school curriculum.” “Even more amazing is how other General Education students in their classes are able to use the device to communicate with our students, creating an incredibly understanding, patient and inclusive community.” “...using AAC devices makes an amazing difference in the school day for our students. We have multiple students who use AAC devices.”From parents:"Thank you, thank you for giving her a voice. She is so much happier these days, now that she can 'talk'. We are beyond thrilled!!!!" “My son’s ability to narrate his experiences definitely increased."