Extension educators and volunteers provide programs to people of all ages and abilities. This includes individuals with developmental disabilities. Individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities often have difficulty communicating verbally but have strong visual learning skills. This article describes the importance of using visual tools in Extension programs and provides models using the software application Boardmaker®. Visual supports increase communication and learning and help to ensure that content matter is accessible to all audiences.
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Brill, M. F. (2011). Teaching the Special Needs Learner: When Words Are Not Enough. The Journal of Extension, 49(5), Article 28. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol49/iss5/28