Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)
- Vocabulary Set: College Life
- Vocabulary Set: Emergency Preparedness
- Vocabulary Set: Employment
- Vocabulary Set: Health Care
- Vocabulary Set: Personal Assistance Service
- Vocabulary Set: Reporting or Telling about Being a Victim of a Crime
- Vocabulary Set: Sexuality, Intimacy and Healthy Sex
- Vocabulary Set: Transportation
- Introduction to AAC Vocabularies
- Questions or Comments?
People with disabilities, especially those who have significant communication disabilities, are often victims of crime or abuse. In fact, recent research suggests that they are more likely than their nondisabled peers to be a victim of a crime. There are many reasons for this high incidence of criminal victimization, chief among them is the belief by perpetrators that the victim will not tell; and if the victim does try to tell, she will not be understood and therefore not be believed. Many victims of crime who rely on AAC devices do not have the vocabulary needed to describe what happened to them. As a result, they fail to tell or report a crime. Failing to tell someone you trust what happened to you and who did it, or failing to report the crime to the police reinforces the perpetrator's belief that he or she can continue to hurt you. The following vocabulary should help you tell others if you have been a victim of a crime or abuse. By telling or reporting, you are improving your personal safety.
Following you will find access to: