Vermont Communication Task Force - General Information and Resources

Annotated Communication Resource Guide - An annotated guide to communication resources, including basic information on Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), that provides excellent guidance to help get started or advance work already being done.

Communication Bill of Rights - The National Joint Committee for the Communication Needs of Persons with Severe Disabilities (NJC), Communication Bill of Rights. The NJC is part of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).

Communication Consultants Serving Vermont - A list of Augmented and Alternative Communication (AAC) evaluators and other communication/assistive technology access specialists who work with adults with developmental disabilities in Vermont.

A Guide to Medicaid Funding for Communication Evaluations and Devices - A funding guide to help people who are eligible follow the Medicaid process to obtain a communication evaluation and a communication device/system.  Includes mobile devices (e.g., iPads).

LISTEN – A short 5-1/2 minute film made by and with nonspeaking autistic people, produced by CommunicationFIRST. More information about CommunicationFIRST

Making Communication Happen - Tools to Help Teams Plan and Provide Communication Supports - A hands-on guide to help individuals and their support teams identify communication needs and develop a meaningful communication plan to include in the individual's Individual Support Plan.  Detailed guidance is provided for developing communication outcomes, goals, and support strategies.  Includes a Communication Plan form, Communication Checklist and sample documents.

Utter Communication Strategies - Mark Utter is a self-proclaimed inspirational speaker who types to communicate.  Mark's communication strategies uses humor and insight to connect us to ourselves and others. 

Wretches & Jabberers Website - A website about a road trip filmed by Gerardine Wurzburg that "sheds personal light on the global face of autism."  "[This] compelling documentary chronicles the world travels of disability rights advocates [from Vermont], Tracy Thresher and Larry Bissonnette, in a bold quest to change attitudes about the intelligence and abilities of people with autism."  The site includes Larry's and Tracy's blogs and information on how to watch the film.