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:
   Many Methods, One Goal:  Communication
   AAC:  What Does It Mean to You? 
   The AAC Band
   I Want to Ride my Bike
   Singing with AAC:  “If I had a VOCA” 
   Partner-assisted Auditory Scanning
   Low Tech Laser System
   Michael B. Williams, "How Far We’ve Come, How Far We’ve Got to Go:Tales 
   from the AAC Trenches"
   I Love Assistive Technology!
   Teaching a Child with Autism to use AAC
   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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