April 30, 2007 • Volume 7, Number 4


News and Activities

AUCD Welcomes newest International Affiliate member: Centre for Augmentative and Alternative Communication at the University of Pretoria, Pretoria South Africa.   The Centre for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (CAAC) conducts training and research in early childhood intervention and augmentative and alternative communication (ACC). Founded in 1990, it is the only research and training center of its kind in Africa.  The CAAC conducts 5 post-graduate, multi-disciplinary qualifications which are distributed across the faculties of Health Sciences, Humanities, and Education.  The courses range from an Advanced Certificate for Teachers on Inclusion of Children with Severe Disabilities to honors, masters, and PhD programs in AAC. An interdisciplinary master’s degree in early childhood intervention was recently introduced; it has become one of the largest programs in the CAAC with an annual enrollment of 20 students.  The Capac’s main projects include an interdisciplinary leadership program focused on empowering young adults with severe communication problems, a teacher training project focused on inclusion of children with disabilities through the implementation of AAC strategies in the classroom, and an early childhood intervention project focused on the training of parents and caregivers working in the context of HIV/AIDS.  To welcome our newest member, contact Dr. Erna Alant, CAAC Director. 

International Activities from the Institute on Disability and Human Development (IL UCEDD)

  • Glenn Herman, MS, PE, ATP, RET, invited to Opening Ceremony of South Korean Assistive Technology Society.  Glenn Herman, Director of the Assistive Technology Unit and President of the Rehabilitation Engineering & Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA) represented RESNA at the  start-up of RESKO, the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of South Korea. Glenn Herman was invited to give a presentation at Diego University - College of Rehabilitation Science and at the RESKO Opening Ceremony in one of the halls of the Korean Congress.
  • Tia Nellis, Self Advocacy Specialist, Assists New Group in Kosovo.  Tia Nellis traveled with Chester Finn and other advocates to Kosovo to promote self advocacy. The purpose of the trip was to help the Kosovo group learn about advocacy in the US and help them get their group organized. A story about their work with the newly formed organization by and for people with developmental disabilities, "New per New," appeared in the daily Kosovo newspaper "Illyria Post." The US team presented a check for $600 to the new advocacy group to help in their human rights efforts.


For further information about these activities, email Dr. Mary Kay Rizzolo.


Assistive Training for Teachers in Primary Schools.  Dr. Erna Alant and the Centre for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (CAAC) are seeking assistive technology training resources.  In particular, CAC is interested in looking at training resources used within low-SES contexts.  Additionally, Dr. Elant would like to receive information on: 1) how to identify children in need of AT; 2) how to integrate AT into the classroom; and 3) maintenance of AT in the classroom.  Please send all resources directly to Dr. Alant.

Resources & Opportunities



Making Development Projects Inclusive/Accessible for Persons with Disabilities in ODA Loan Operations (Issue Brief).  The Japan Bank for International Cooperation has issued an issue brief for Official Development Assistance (ODA) loans to developing countries whose main objective is the promotion of economic development and welfare. The brief calls for economic development loans to incorporate an expectation of an inclusive target population.

Measuring Disability Prevalence: Social Protection Discussion Paper by Daniel Mont, World Bank.

Social Analysis and Disability: A Guidance Note — Incorporating Disability-Inclusive Development into Bank-Supported Projects:  By Social Development Department and Disability and Development Team, World Bank

Visit AUCD's International Events Page for a complete list of events of interest to the AUCD network.  This site is updated regularly, so please check this site frequently.  Feedback and questions are welcomed and should be directed to Mat McCollough.