There are many varied assessment tools used to evaluate an AAC user’s development. Some assessments are interactive, some are paper-based, etc. Many, however, are proprietary and require either an up-front purchase, or a subscription. In line with our initiative at OpenAAC to provide free, open-licensed resources for families and practitioners, we are developing and collecting a library of free assessment tools, based on industry best practices. Our goal, as always, is to provide resources that can help AAC users be enabled and empowered in their personal communication strategy.
Communication Partner Profile (CPP v1)
OpenAAC’s first Open Assessment project is the Communication Partner Profile (preview). This assessment form is intended as a self-reflection tool that communication partners can fill out to help look for areas where they may be able to better support AAC users. The questions are based on a collection of research and best practices regarding AAC supports (references included) and feedback from AAC users and practitioners.
Try it for yourself! The CPP is free to use and share so please distribute it to those who could benefit! The CPP is available as a downloadable pdf (128Kb) but can also be added to any online assessment tools as long as you provide proper attribution.
If you have suggestions or feedback, please share them with us. We are continuing to improve upon the CPP and appreciate additional perspectives.
More to Come
If you know of free assessment tools which should be included, or you would like to be involved in the development of additional tools, please join our chat channel and let us know how you’d like to contribute!