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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...


Letter to USSAAC Members in States Affected by Flooding

Dear USSAAC member, The USSAAC Board of Directions is reaching out to its members who reside in states currently being affected by recent/ongoing flooding. We hope you are doing...


Reaching for the Stars

Today we are pleased to share a piece by a dynamic college Sophomore, Hannah Foley.  In this post, she writes about her own personal AAC journey and how it...


What I Learned at Gap

Today we welcome Mike Hipple, USSAAC’s director of membership, to share his personal experience from this year’s Closing the Gap conference. —– I went to the 35th annual Closing...


Implementing AAC in Aphasia

AAC Awareness Month has officially ended, however SpeakUp will continue to share information and resources throughout the year in the spirit of USSAAC’s mission to promote the best possible...


Red Tape: The Hurdles I Face Trying to Obtain a Speech Generating Device

#AACAwarenessMonth is drawing to a close and the Dogers are in the World Series for the first time since 1988.  Today’s guest author, Sarah Morris, is a freelance writer...


Developing Prompt Awareness in the AAC Team

Today SpeakUp is pleased to welcome guest author, Rachael Langley.  Although prompting can be a useful teaching tool, it needs to be used thoughtfully to prevent prompt-dependency.  As Kathleen...


AAC in the Classroom: One Brother’s Inspiration

In today’s SpeakUp post, Janelle Hite shares the story of her son’s illuminating experience with AAC in the classroom and the powerful impact it had on their #AACFamily. —– Our...


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