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 assist individuals with complex communication needs including persons with limited speech or speech that 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.
- AAC Funding Help
A Web site for help funding AAC technology created by the Assistive Technology Law Center at Duke University
- 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.
- 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.
- Say It With Symbols
Created by a Massachusetts mom of a child with complex communication needs, 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.