WHAT IS AAC?
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.
USEFUL AAC INFO
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
Mental health as an area of concern and focusing schools is being recognized around the world.There is a growing understanding that emotionally healthy students are more likely to be successfulin school and in life. But what of students who require AAC?This session will raise this issue through stories shared by augmented speakers and connect this tothe newly revised Communication Bill of Rights (Brady, et al., 2016).
Recent SpeakUp Posts
We all use stories to share our personal identity, culture, and create a sense of belonging and closeness. Personal photos and personalized multi-media presentations are contexts that enable students to comment, describe, and label in addition to ask questions and engage in information transfer.
Although there were about 250 chairs set up in the room, some people stood along the walls or sat on the floor. I looked around and found a woman to focus on. Then I put my hand on my device, pushed a key, and said, “Hi! My name is Todd. I would like to tell you about my…”
Happy New Year USSAAC members and guests. We’re ready to start the new year off right with a thought-provoking article by Patricia Politano about strategies we can use to ensure that EVERYONE can communicate. —– We can all agree that everyone has the right to communicate, the right to express themselves in the ways THEY… Read More »
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