Project Listen

About Project LISTEN with AAC 

Project LISTEN (Learning Interdisciplinary Strategies to Teach and Engage with AAC) integrates evidence-based education, fieldwork and service learning to prepare scholars to serve students with complex communication needs in the field of speech language pathology or special education. Project LISTEN provides an opportunity for graduate students in speech-language pathology and special education to learn with each other and participate in an interprofessional training experience that will prepare them to work effectively in teams in school settings. Project LISTEN is funded by a grant provided by the US Department of Education Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services.

Being a LISTEN Scholar


Scholars will complete 3 semesters of a seminar focused on an evidence-based, interdisciplinary approach to AAC in schools. Scholars will take 2 additional courses (SLHS 606 and SpEd 605), which will cover augmentative and alternative communication as well as communication and technology. Students will also participate in a collaborative clinical practicum, and have the opportunity to attend a speaker series.

Service Learning

All LISTEN scholars will complete at least 40 hours of service learning in partnership with organizations that serve individuals with complex communication needs in the community. These include parent advocacy organizations, centers for assistive technology, and community based inclusive programs. 

Service learning opportunities have included:


Scholars receive a $14,000 stipend in four installments for participation.

Service Obligations

Scholars must fulfill federally mandated service obligations upon grant completion. (Scholars commit to spending at least 51% of their time performing work related to serving children with disabilities and their families for 34 months post program completion).


Students must be enrolled in Speech-Language Pathology (CCII or CCX) or Special Education Master’s programs with at least four terms remaining (including summer).

Contact/More Info

For more information, please contact the grant coordinator Jessica Myngheer, at or the Project Directors: Elena Dukhovny ( or Talya Kemper (


  • Interest Form
  • AAC Adapted Materials: These materials include games and books which have been adapted by the students of SLHS 606, Augmentative and Alternative Communication, Spring 2022 at Cal State East Bay for use with students who use AAC devices. They are for personal use only.

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