The Bridge School
Self-Determination Program

Mentorship and AAC

A unique approach to mentorship involves pairing two individuals who have complex communication needs. Adults who use AAC serve as mentors to younger, less experienced individuals who also use AAC and Assistive Technologies.

Adult mentors who use AAC can share with youngsters:

  • Effective communication skills and strategies
  • Valuable insights/unique perspectives
  • Specific ways they have overcome barriers to communication and participation
  • Personal experiences using AAC
  • Relevant disability-related information
  • Information on how to find and access important resources

Meet our Mentor: Maricor

Maricor Pagsanjan has a Bachelor's Degree with a double major in Women's Studies and Sociology from UC Berkeley, where she graduated with honors in 2009. She is now working on admissions into graduate school to work towards a Master's Degree in Marriage, Family and Child Counseling. She likes to read, see live music, shop and hang out with friends. She's a mentor for four teenagers with complex communication needs in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The AAC Mentor Project

The AAC Mentor Project at Penn State University connected adolescents who use AAC with adult mentors via the Internet. The AAC Mentor Project offered individuals who use AAC a Mentor Leadership Training Course to support the development of the skills needed to be a good mentor. Trained mentors were paired with protégés and participated in an email discussion group with other mentors, as well as email exchanges with their protégé. Go to their website to find out more about this project.