Boy Scout Venture Meetings incorporating Augmentative/Alternative Communication (AAC)

Boy Scout Venturing Meetings are not designed for persons with communication impairments. Modifications can be made to make meetings inclusive by adapting the agenda and presentation style. Eagle Scout and Venturer, Scott Kuebler, demonstrates that communication impairment due to Down Syndrome does not need to prevent one from presiding at meetings. Scott’s communication is augmented with Iphone/Ipad and software to communicate messages clearly. After this session, participants will be able to: 1. Adapt meeting agendas in community setttings to include individuals with communication impairments by altering presentation formats and communication styles. 2. Utilize currently available technology to facilitate inclusion of persons with disabilities in leadership roles in the community by improving communication effectiveness. 3. Think of ways to increase self esteem for individuals isolated by communication impairment and cognitive and intellectual limitations. 4. Promote inclusion of persons with disabilities in community activities where communication is essential. 5. Consider a variety of social and civic activities for individuals with disabilities to participate in that have barriers to people who cannot speak clearly without adaptations.

Scott Kuebler and Ronald Kuebler