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Happy Holidays from USSAAC

All of us here at SpeakUP wish our readers the very happiest of holidays and a happy new year.  Keep an eye out for new content beginning on January...


Confidence, Willingness to Communicate, and AAC

Idea of Confidence When you consider confidence, what is it that first comes to mind? Do you imagine someone who is a risk-taker and fearless? Maybe you view that...


Key AAC Issues

Today we are pleased to welcome seven speech-language pathology students from San Jose State University.  As part of their Professional Issues course, they conducted a project identifying key issues regarding Augmentative...


Accessing the World: Any Time and From Anywhere Are Individuals Who Use AAC Still Being Left Behind?

Today we are pleased to welcome guest blogger, Diane Nelson Bryen, to share her perspective on expanding communication for individuals using AAC beyond face-to-face interactions. —– Introduction Do you...


Using the Communication Matrix Creatively

Happy Thanksgiving USSAAC members and guests.  Today we are thankful for today’s guest author, Karen Natoci, who shares her ideas about using the Communication Matrix creatively to guide communication...


“Inspire, Don’t Require”: How Partner-Augmented Input Taught my Son the Power of Communication

Today we are privileged to share post guest-authored by a new speech-language pathologist and parent of a child who uses AAC, Brianne Bolin.  She shares her firsthand AAC perspective...


Get With The Program(ming)!

AAC Awareness Month has ended but SpeakUP will still continue providing thought-provoking posts. We are excited to share today’s innovative guest post by Chris Bugaj.  Computer programming is becoming...


Our Journey Toward Effective AAC Implementation Using a Job Embedded Learning Model

Today we are pleased to welcome the Oakland Schools AAC Team to share their expertise around providing instruction to classroom staff to help staff integrate AAC  throughout the school...


AAC and English as a Second Language Learners: Part II

Today we are pleased to welcome back Vicki Clarke for Part II of a her series on AAC in English as a Second Language learners (ESL). —– In Part...


Hey, Is There an App for That?

We are honored to have today’s guest author share his wisdom and years of experience with SpeakUP readers.  Michael Williams has been President of USSAAC, a member of the ISAAC...


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