Lifelong Disability and AAC (CSCD3076)


Students will acquire knowledge of theoretical and practical issues related to working with individuals with complex communication needs across the lifespan and in a variety of residential, educational, employment, and community settings. Students will learn about common developmental disabilities including cerebral palsy, intellectual disability, and autism spectrum disorders, their impact on communication and the use of augmentative and alternative communication systems. This unit prepares students to work in a collaborative team and apply a client-focused functional approach to assessment and intervention for people with complex communication needs.

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Further unit of study information


1x2-hr lecture/week, 12x1-hr tutorials


group assignment (20%) and client assessment (30%) and case-based viva (50%)


Downing, June E et al (2015) Teaching Communication Skills to Students with Severe Disabilities, Third Edition Paul H. Brookes Pub, Baltimore

Faculty/department permission required?


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Prerequisites and assumed knowledge


Study this unit outside a degree

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If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.