Resources: Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)
Resources are routinely updated . . . please check back often.
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- AAC Institute
A not-for-profit online resource for the AAC community, this site includes pages dedicated to resources, products, services, a parents corner, self study, and continuing education for professionals, among other links.
- AAC Tech Connect
AAC apps are software applications for mobile devices that can help individuals who are non speaking or those whose speech is not usually understood by others. This site provides free and fee-for-service tools for searching "quality" AAC apps (based on a defined criteria) and dedicated AAC devices. The AAC Apps Assistant may be sampled for free for 24 hours or 30 days if you are willing to provide feedback.
- The Accessible Technology Coalition
This California initiative has a new AAC Hub with valuable AAC resources. The Coalition is designed to be friendly to those new to the field of assistive technology as well as professionals, so introductory topics are included in the 20+ AAC articles at the site. 8 free archived webinars are available covering apps and iPads as communication devices.
- American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA):AAC page
This AAC page on the ASHA Web site explains what AAC is, types of AAC systems, and where to go for more information.
- Apps for AAC
AAC apps are software applications for mobile devices that can help individuals who are non speaking or those whose speech is not usually understood by others. This is a comprehensive Web site of iPad/iPhone/iPod AAC apps, offering filtered search and comparison tools. It is maintained by Will Wade, an OT at the ACE Centre, Oxford. Wade also reviews apps in his blog posts. Also includes an Apps for Android page.
- ASHA's Apps Resources Web page
This resource includes links for finding apps for AAC as well as additional information about their use. This resource does not list or suggest specific apps for use in therapy settings.
- Augmentative and Alternative Communication Centers
This AAC website is designed to provide access to a wide range of information and resources related to AAC and includes vendor links, academic resources, intervention links, early intervention resources, and general AAC links. It is maintained by the Barkley AAC Center and the Munroe-Meyer Institute for Genetics and Rehabilitation at the University of Nebraska.
- Augmentative Communication On-Line User’s Group (ACOLUG)
An international internet listserv. Its primary purpose is to provide a forum for people who use AAC to communicate with each other. Other members include college students studying AAC, manufacturers, researchers, practitioners, allies and university students.
- Boston Children's Hospital Feature Matching Chart for Communication Apps
This is a tool for professionals working to feature match an AAC app to an individual's strengths and needs. Case study, chart example, and video of the feature-matching process are also provided.
- iPad/iPod/iPhone Apps for AAC
This is a continuously updated comparison chart of AAC apps courtesy of the Spectronics Web site (long-time AT vendor of Australia and New Zealand). It is maintained by Jane Farrall who has decades of experience as a special educator working with AAC.
- Making Communication Happen
A booklet developed by the Vermont Communication Task Force that provides three annotated tools to help a person and his or her team to plan and provide communication supports.
- Mobile Devices and Communication Apps: An AAC-RERC White Paper
The Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Communication Enhancement (AAC-RERC) offers this paper as a means for raising issues related to mobile technologies and AAC Apps and to encourage discussion and collaboration among AAC stakeholders.
- Practical AAC Info
A Web site developed by 2 speech-language pathologists that provides AAC support to clinicians and educators. The list of free or lite Apps is by Carol Zangari.
- 50 Ideas: Getting Started with Augmentative Communication at Home (a booklet from the Vermont AT Program)
No-tech to low-tech ideas for use with children and composed with humor!
- Say It With Symbols
Created by a Massachusetts mom of a child who is non-verbal, this site sells low tech communication aids, visual supports, cards and gifts featuring picture symbols that support children and adults with communication disorders and autism. It also has a Free Stuff page of links to free symbols, PECs, boards, stories and more.
The Tech Watch blog shares information on new technology research and devices relevant to the AAC community. The blog is sponsored by the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Communication Enhancement (AAC-RERC) which is funded by a grant from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR).
- Visual Aids for Learning
Visual Aids for Learning is a website that has created free downloadable visuals that are ideal for school age children. Packs of visuals include a complete school pack, the early childhood pack, the adolescent pack, the home pack and a toilet training pack.