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Established by our Board of Directors in 2001, our Research Program further realizes the original mission and vision for The Bridge School that was set by the founders in 1987. By conducting research in collaboration with education, transition, and outreach programs, our research program uniquely distinguishes our organization from other educational programs that serve children with complex communication needs who use AAC.

A primary purpose of research at The Bridge School is to examine our educational practices and their impact on the outcomes for our students. This information will inform our own program development and allow for dissemination beyond The Bridge School. Ultimately, the research program aims to advance and disseminate knowledge in ways that will benefit all children who use AAC.

Research extends the vision and mission of The Bridge School by:

  • Integrating sound research principles into educational practices
  • Providing formative feedback on classroom teaching strategies
  • Evaluating effectiveness of modifications for assessment purposes
  • Documenting efficacy of staff and parent training
  • Adding to the information base in AAC