What is AAC?

 
AAC stands for Augmentative and Alternative Communication, which describes the many ways people can communicate who find it difficult to communicate with speech or writing.  AAC may involve the use of gestures, signing, letter or word boards, symbol or picture displays, and/or specialized computers with computer-generated voices. These methods may be helpful to anyone who has difficulty communicating with speech, whether it’s because of a learning disability, cerebral palsy, stroke, ALS, MS, an acquired brain injury, aphasia, autism, dementia or any other condition or disease which interferes with speech. 
Check out these videos about AAC, and about some of the people who communicate in alternative ways:
   1Voice 
   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w5ZlUnU8Oeo
 
   Many Methods, One Goal:  Communication
   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wCfC4ew8i08
 
   AAC:  What Does It Mean to You? 
   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_1QIhWa_4_A
 
   The AAC Band
   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1VzzqnzXmOQ
 
   I Want to Ride my Bike
   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t1XTjlP-kSM
 
   Singing with AAC:  “If I had a VOCA” 
   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XG0kXjXu2Yo&feature=related  
 
   Partner-assisted Auditory Scanning
   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pLb6-Oi3uR0&feature+related  
 
   Low Tech Laser System
   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AooDQOzdOyE        
 
   Michael B. Williams, "How Far We’ve Come, How Far We’ve Got to Go:Tales 
   from the AAC Trenches"
   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j_htMRRuOS8&feature=related
 
   I Love Assistive Technology!
   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l_P8OG04wqc&feature=fvwrel 
 
   Teaching a Child with Autism to use AAC
   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s4GAX-IXE_k&feature=fvsr  
 
   Chris Klein:  Building Relationships through the Tools of Communication
  
    Duncan: Sharing my Story Event at Alberta Children's Hospital               
 
   Brodie: My Story Event at Alberta Children's Hospital 

 

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