College & AAC

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AAC users can be found in many professional fields. They may be writers, physicists, computer scientists, or social workers. Some of these areas require a college education.

We invited Mark Steidl to share with us some of the strategies he used to communicate with his professors. Thank you Mark.

My name is Mark Steidl and I am a recent graduate of Community College of Allegheny County.  I have an associates degree in social work foundations. My career goal is to obtain a case management position and work with people with disabilities.
I am a communication device user. Throughout my college career (2013-2020), I began every college class by giving my teachers the required document from the disability services office that explains my accommodations (extra time on tests, notetaker, etc.). I also give my professors a document that explains my disability and strategies for how to engage me in classroom discussions.
Click on this link to see Mark’s Document.
Cover of Mark's document for professors.

Kathryn Helland

Kathryn is a certified speech-language pathologist and works with children and adults with complex communication needs. She has been with the TechOWL team since 2015 and is currently working on her doctorate. She would like to examine how to best support AAC users in higher education.

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