Advancing ALTELLA publishes new brief on using AAC devices

A new Advancing ALTELLA brief provides considerations for educators on how to help multilingual learners with significant cognitive disabilities use Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) devices.

The Advancing ALTELLA project published its first brief, Augmentative and Alternative Communication Device Considerations for Multilingual Learners with Significant Cognitive Disabilities. This brief provides considerations for educators on how to help multilingual learners with significant cognitive disabilities use AAC devices for language development and communication.

Wondering what the Advancing ALTELLA project is and does? It is a four-year collaboration among WIDA staff, the WIDA Consortium, the Texas Education Agency, and U.S. experts in the field of multilingual learners with disabilities.

Project activities include

  • Redesigning the WIDA Alternate ACCESS for ELLs assessment
  • Building a screener that appropriately identifies students to participate in Alternate ACCESS
  • Developing professional learning materials that support the implementation and administration of the new and updated assessments
  • Leading research that informs assessment development
  • Disseminating project findings to interested stakeholders

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