Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)

Managing Your Personal Assistance Services

For many individuals who use AAC devices, personal assistance services (also known as attendant care services) will be key to participating in many adult roles such as college, employment, traveling, and even managing your health care. In order to get the services and supports that you need and prefer, you will need to communicate precisely what you want. For example, if you want to be transferred from your bed to your wheelchair, you will need to tell your assistant exactly how you want it done so that it is done safely and comfortably. Without the vocabulary needed to effectively direct your personal assistance supports, it is likely that supports will not be provided in the way you want. The vocabulary and graphic symbols found in this vocabulary set should be helpful in effectively communicating with your personal assistant.

Following you will find access to:

« Needed Vocabulary for Socially-Valued Adult Roles

Institute on Disabilities at Temple University
University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research and Service