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AAC and English as a Second Language (ESL)

Labor Day weekend is over, schools are back in session, and SpeakUP is back – with a new look.  Today we are excited to welcome a guest post from Vicki Clarke...


The Other AAC Frontier

17 Jul 2018 — SpeakUp Editor Today we are pleased to welcome Brian Whitmer to share his expertise regarding message banking. —– Did you watch any of the old...


Achieving Goals for Independence

9 Jul 2018 — SpeakUp Editor On July the 4th, many of us celebrated our country’s independence with fireworks, parades, and barbeques. Today, Tracy Rackensperger, PhD, USSAAC’s Vice President...


Getting to the CORE of Communication: Part 2 – Top 5 Activities to Increase Core Vocabulary Use

19 Jun 2018 — SpeakUp Editor Last month we welcomed Kelly Key to share her guest post entitled, “Getting to the CORE of Communication: Part One – Tips for...


My AAC Family

5 Jun 2018 — SpeakUp Editor Today we are pleased to welcome Rebecca Sobolevsky to share her firsthand perspective about how becoming a parent to a child using AAC...


Wading into the Murky Waters of Transitioning between Speech Generating Devices: Part Two – First-hand Lessons

29 May 2018 — SpeakUp Editor We began Better Hearing and Speech month by welcoming Kathleen Post to share her guest post entitled, “Wading into the Murky Waters of...


It Takes a Village: The Importance of an AAC Community

20 May 2018 — SpeakUp Editor USSAAC’s members are diverse and include augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) researchers, device manufacturers, therapists, teachers, families of individuals using AAC, and people...


Interprofessionalism: A Call to Something Different

14 May 2018 — SpeakUp Editor Today we are delighted to share a guest post by The National Joint Committee for the Communication Needs of Persons with Severe Disabilities...


Getting to the CORE of Communication: Part One – Tips for Rolling Out a Core Vocabulary Initiative

9 May 2018 — SpeakUp Editor Today we are excited to share a post by Kelly Key of District 220 in Barrinton, Illinois. In this first of a two-part...


Wading into the Murky Waters of Transitioning between Speech Generating Devices: Part One – The Challenges

3 May 2018 — SpeakUp Editor May is Better Hearing & Speech Month and USSAAC is celebrating in the spirit of the “Communication for All” theme. SpeakUP will be...


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