Creating areas of inclusion within schools is a large push in nearly every district. While inclusion of all is always the end goal, making instructional settings accessible to all is difficult, especially when considering students with disabilities who are non-verbal or who require extensive support with communication. The use of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) and other assistive technology can provide a plethora of communication resources, and greatly enhance inclusive settings to make learning accessible to all. Additionally, the use of peer training to model these technologies provides students in general education programming with a more active role in working with students with disabilities.
Lindsey Rudd is an elementary Life Skills teacher in Springfield, IL. Lindsey graduated from Blackburn College, and recently completed her Master’s in special education through Illinois State University. Lindsey is married to another amazing teacher, DJ, and they have two amazing kids, Aiden and Everleigh. Lindsey enjoys coffee, performing in local theater productions, reading, and spending time outdoors.