Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)

What this article is about: This article provides an overview of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) devices and resources where you can find help and support.

What this article is about: This article provides an overview of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) devices and resources where you can find help and support.

The terms assistive device or assistive technology can refer to any device that helps a person with hearing loss or a voice, speech, or language disorder to communicate. These terms often refer to devices that help a person to hear and understand what is being said more clearly or to express thoughts more easily. With the development of digital and wireless technologies, more and more devices are becoming available to help people with hearing, voice, speech, and language disorders communicate more meaningfully and participate more fully in their daily lives.

Resources

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders:  Assistive Devices for People with Hearing, Voice, Speech, or Language Disorders

AAC Institute

Autism Speaks:  Assistive Technology

Assistive Devices, MEDLINEplus
MEDLINEplus is an online service of the National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health. Updated daily, the site offers information on a range of health topics, in English and Spanish (En Español).

Institute of Medicine (US) Committee on Disability in America; Field MJ, Jette AM, editors. The Future of Disability in America. Washington (DC): National Academies Press (US); 2007. 7, Assistive and Mainstream Technologies for People with Disabilities. Available from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK11418/

University of Washington DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking and Technology: How can parents promote the use of accessible technology in schools?

AAC Blogs

Assistive Technology

Teaching All Students

Free Resources from the Net for Every Learner

The Assistive Technology Blog

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