Two years later, the meeting was repeated at the Edcamp at ATIA 2018 with Chris C and Shaun Pearson as hosts. The debate focused not only on the definition of new agreements, but also on the discussion of consensus on the text of previous agreements. Here`s what emerges from ATIA EdCamp 2018: padlet.com/cichoskikelly/aacagreements2018. Again, the question of how many other agreements could be discovered if the participants were not limited in time. EdCamp is a “non-participating conference”. Participants are encouraged to put their proposed themes on a black board and then facilitate the discussion. There are no “experts”, only people who want to discuss and share their experiences. That`s exactly what Chris C wanted! Could a group of people from around the world come together, share their experiences on the front lines and develop a list of common “best” practices? What principles would all consider universal truths regarding the consideration and implementation of AAFC? This Friday evening, after a long day of conference, about twenty committed people participated in a meeting during which they drew up a list of twelve declarations known as “AAC Agreements” (padlet.com/cichoskikelly/aacagreements). At the end of the meeting, another issue remained outstanding. How many agreements could there be if participants had more time? This site claims that AAFC agreements are “best” practices, emanating from stakeholders through crowdsourcing, which are invested in improving the consideration, selection and implementation of AAFC. Stakeholders include practitioners, academics, designers, parents, families and AAFC users.
Wherever possible, these agreements are supported by research. This page, which is aimed at professionals, has a very clear layout, simple links to research studies and articles that support “AAFC agreements”. In 2019, Chris B, Chris C and Shaun all moderated a discussion on the “AAFC agreements” at ATIA Edcamp. The peculiarity of this particular discussion was that a large majority of the group chose to miss other Edcamp sessions and took care of the task of generating additional chords all evening. .