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Core AAC Vocabulary

The Core Vocabulary Boards were developed by a committee of representatives from center programs across Wayne County that included special education teachers, speech and language pathologists, and occupational therapists, and the consultation support of a VI Teacher Consultant.

What is AAC and Core Vocabulary? Is an introductory training designed for anyone who is looking to gain some base knowledge on this topic. This 40 minute training is by Laura Begley from WATT. If you are in need of additional training around AAC/Core vocabulary, please contact WATT. 

The Communication Bill of Rights, from the National Joint Committee for the Communication Needs of Persons with Severe Disabilities, is a document outlining basic human communication rights. This version of the Communication Bill of Rights, is the version that has been shared by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA).

NJC Communication Bill of Rights

Directions for Use:

The Core Vocabulary are research based, with strategically designed placement and icon selection. These core words and word placement are to be standardized so that students will have consistency across teachers, classrooms, schools, and districts. 

Teachers may use the media and device appropriate to the student. If you need assistance with developing an accessible core vocabulary board for your student contact WATT (the Wayne Assistive Technology Team).

For your convenience, you will find boards and icons in the following formats: PDF, Boardmaker, JPG.

The recommended assessment is the Communication Matrix, developed by Dr. Charity Rowland.

General Self-reflection and Observation – This is a self-reflection form shared by Project-Core. This form is intended to help classroom staff observe or reflect on practice with ALL students for whom AAC is appropriate in their classroom.

PECS and CORE: What you need to know


Partner Assisted Scanning  

Video Examples

The Communication Matrix