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Project Title

Project Title

Penn State AAC Leadership Project: Preparing faculty in AAC research & personnel preparation to improve services & results for high-need children with severe communication disorders

Principal Investigator

Principal Investigator

Light, Janice

Description

Description

This project will prepare ten Ph.D. students to assume faculty positions at institutes of higher education in order to improve services and results for high-need children with severe communication disabilities who require augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). METHOD: Activities of this project include: (a) completing a comprehensive research-based curriculum to develop competencies in research methods, personnel preparation, policy and professional issues in speech-language pathology (SLP), research and evidence-based practices for high-need children who require AAC, leadership, and interdisciplinary collaboration; (b) partnering with key national and state agencies, high-need local education agencies, and consumers and families to ensure that the program responds effectively to personnel needs; and (c) conducting research that will guide educational decision making and preparing preservice SLPs in evidence-based practices known to improve outcomes for high-need children who require AAC (e.g., children of all ages with autism, cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury, multiple disabilities, etc. who live in poverty or are English language learners).

Funder

Funder

Department of Education

Fiscal Year Funding

Fiscal Year Funding

249998

Current Award Period

Current Award Period

2011-2016

Strategic Plan Question

Strategic Plan Question

Question 5: Where Can I Turn For Services?

Strategic Plan Objective

Strategic Plan Objective

Green dot: Objective has greater than or equal to the recommended funding. 5LC. Evaluate new and existing pre-service and in-service training to increase skill levels in service providers, including direct support workers, parents and legal guardians, education staff, and public service workers, to benefit the spectrum of people with ASD to and promote interdisciplinary practice by 2015. IACC Recommended Budget: $8,000,000 over 5 years.

Project Link

Project Link

Penn State AAC Leadership Project: Preparing faculty in AAC research & personnel preparation to improve services & results for high-need children with severe communication disorders (External web link)

Institution

Institution

Pennsylvania State University-Univ Park -- Assoc Dean Research - Hhd Health & Human Development - Assoc Dean Research - Hhd Health & Human Development

State/Country

State/Country

Pennsylvania

Project Number

Project Number

H325D110008

Federal or Private?

Federal or Private?

Federal

Received ARRA Funding?

Received ARRA Funding?

No

History/Related Projects

History/Related Projects

Penn State AAC Leadership Project: Preparing faculty in AAC research & personnel preparation to improve services & results for high-need children with severe communication disorders | 499934 | 2011 | H325D110008
Penn State AAC Leadership Project: Preparing faculty in AAC research & personnel preparation to improve services & results for high-need children with severe communication disorders | 249958 | 2012 | H325D110008
Penn State AAC Leadership Project: Preparing faculty in AAC research & personnel preparation to improve services & results for high-need children with severe communication disorders | 249992 | 2014 | H325D110008
Penn State AAC Leadership Project: Preparing faculty in AAC research & personnel preparation to improve services & results for high-need children with severe communication disorders | 249982 | 2015 | H325D110008

 
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