Webinar presented by Pascal Cheng and Tracy Thresher
October 10, 2018
In the world of augmentative/alternative communication (AAC), the "presumption of competence" is seen as a core guiding principle for supporting a person who uses AAC. Putting this principle into practice on an everyday basis often requires communication partners to change their beliefs and assumptions about disability and intelligence, and to develop a more expanded view of communication as a gateway to community inclusion and participation. The presenters will provide ideas on how communication partners can learn to think "outside of the box" of their existing beliefs about communication and move to a place where they are demonstrating the presumption of competence in their daily interactions with AAC users. A self-advocate will share examples from his personal experiences as an AAC user of how different beliefs about his competence have impacted his ability to communicate and steps that he and members of his support team have taken to change these beliefs.
Part II – Question and Answer with Tracy Thresher
Walking the Talk of Presuming Competence – First Hand Experiences from Tracy Thresher
Walking the Talk of Presuming Competence PowerPoint – Pascal Cheng
Stand Up for Inclusion – Wretches and Jabberers: Watch our World Tour - Larry Bissonnette, Tracy Thresher, Harvey Lavoy and Pascal Cheng speak with teens in Houston at the 26th Annual BBYO Lonestar Convention to inspire them to make a difference in their world.
Unspoken – Documentary trailer Preview – Witness 14-year-old Emma challenge societal judgment surrounding autism…one keystroke at a time.
Eliminating the Presumed Incompetence Paradigm – Articles by Kathie Snow