Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) includes all forms of communication (other than oral speech) that are used to express thoughts, needs, wants, and ideas. We all use AAC when we make facial expressions or gestures, use symbols or pictures, or write.


AAC Devices

There’s a broad range of strategies and devices that individuals may use for communication if their speech isn’t functional.

AAC Awareness

USSAAC works to raise awareness of AAC and to inform the general public. Please join us!

Policy Laws

Access resources to policies and laws relating to AAC and human rights for individuals complex communication needs

Emergency Preparedness

If an emergency happens, are you or your loved one using AAC ready? As a first responder, do you know how to communicate with nonspeaking individuals?

Disaster Relief

Resources for people with complex communication needs who are in need of disaster relief


Resources for people with a variety of backgrounds who need more information on funding for AAC


USSAAC relies on the support of its members to sustain the organization. Benefits include:

  • Free access to the USSAAC webinar series with free ASHA CEUs

  • Priority as guest author on the SpeakUP blog

  • Discounts to the biennial ISAAC conference and the annual ATIA conference


Global Systems: Design and Use of Symbols that Reflect Local Language and Culture

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

We will explore the development and use of AAC symbols across diverse languages and cultures.
The experience of developing the Arabic Tawasol open symbol set led directly to the creation of
Global Symbols with participatory approaches to localization and contextualization of symbols to
reflect community needs. All symbols, tools and training resources are published openly, resulting
in collaboration with international agencies to increase AAC usage globally.

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