Course curriculum

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    Course content

    • PowerPoint

    • American Sign Language and Augmentative and Alternative Communication: Practical Implementation

    • Quiz

    • Evaluation

    • Continuing Education Units

Course info

Course Description: This presentation will focus on the benefits of using ASL and AAC with students with complex needs. Presenters will discuss AAC therapeutic strategies and ASL therapeutic strategies to then discuss how both of these strategies can be used to benefit these students. The presentation will include tactile approaches to AAC to benefit people in the Deaf/Blind community.


5 minutes: Definitions: ASL/AAC

10 minutes: Why would a student who knows/is learning ASL need or want access to AAC

10 minutes: Applying ASL strategies for AAC users

10 minutes: Applying AAC strategies for ASL users

10 minutes: Tactile approaches of AAC for people in the DeafBlind community

Learner Outcomes:

Participants will be able to:

  1. State how both ASL and AAC can be beneficial for students Deaf/Harding of Hearing Community

  2. Explain how to implement ASL and AAC strategies can help improve communication using both communications methods

  3. State tactile approaches of AAC for people in the Deaf/Blind community


Francine DeMarco

Francine is currently the program administrator for related services for San Francisco Unified School District. Prior to this role, she has had extensive experience working as a speech-language pathologist with students who are moderate to severely impacted by their disability in the school setting. She has experience working with students with limited expressive verbal language and has used Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) to help students functionally communicate in school and throughout their day.

Wendy Coral

Wendy is a speech-language pathologist who communicates using English, ASL, and Spanish. She began her career working in a residential school for the deaf in Delaware and is currently working in a DHH mainstream program in San Francisco.

Speaker disclosures

Financial disclosure: Francine DeMarco and Wendy Coral are both receiving royalties for this course.

Nonfinancial disclosure: Francine DeMarco and Wendy Coral both have no relevant nonfinancial relationships. 

Continuing Education

This course is offered for 0.05 ASHA CEUs.