Abstract: The purpose of the investigation was twofold. First, it aimed to gather demographic information pertaining to students who require augmentative and alternate communication (AAC). Second, the survey sought to obtain information regarding service providers and their needs in terms of professional development so they can support students requiring AAC to become contributing members of their families, peer groups, schools and communities. To obtain this information, a survey was developed and then distributed to the special education directors in 166 districts in Connecticut. Results of the survey indicated that:
- the students had a wide range of disabilities and used a range of AAC systems, and
- the service providers identified a range of topics for professional development for the education professionals.
The findings indicate the pressing need for training professionals providing AAC services to students with complex communication needs (CCN).