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Augmentative Communication Specialists


The Institute on Disabilities at Temple University, Pennsylvania's University Center of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities provides interdisciplinary training, technical assistance, research, and scholarship to enhance the lives of people with developmental and other lifelong disabilities in their communities.

The Institute on Disabilities is actively recruiting for the following position:

Augmentative Communication Specialist

The Institute on Disabilities at Temple University is one of the sixty-seven University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research and Service funded by the Administration on Developmental Disabilities, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Institute has received a grant to fund four Augmentative Communication Specialist positions.

The Augmentative Communication Specialist coordinates and conducts communication assessments for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (ID/DD) and hearing impairment, who have complex communication needs. The Specialist schedules appointments, provides communication assessments to adults identified by the office of Developmental Programs as Harry M. Class members, and prepares reports reflecting statewide activities. The incumbent interacts with families and other team members who support individuals in need of communication enhancement and explains recommendations. Performs other duties as assigned.

Required Education and Experience

Master's degree in speech-language pathology/communication disorders and at least two years of related experience providing augmentative communication services and/or services to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Strong Clinical Fellowship Year candidate would be considered if s/he has required AAC experience and/or experience with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Must possess or be eligible for permanent or temporary PA license for Speech Language Pathology. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.

Required Skills and Abilities

  • Demonstrated knowledge of augmentative communication technologies and ability to assess their practical use.
  • Demonstrated ability to create and conduct individual and group training sessions.
  • Excellent interpersonal and collaboration skills and ability to work with diverse groups of people, including persons with disabilities, families, and direct support professionals.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Demonstrated proficiency with personal computers, the Internet and MS Office software programs, especially, MS Power Point, MS Word, MS Excel.
  • Willingness and ability to travel to off-site locations that may not be accessible via public transportation.
  • Some overnight travel may be required.
  • Ability to lift/move training materials and devices that can weigh up to 40 lbs.


  • Certificate of Clinical Competence.
  • Basic knowledge of sign language.

This is a Grant-Funded Position for one year with possible extension depending on funding.

To Apply

Interested parties should apply online at referencing requisition: TU-17968.

For questions about the application process, contact: Ann Marie White,