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Uncensored AAC: Exploring AAC Access to Profanity and Slang

April 27, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Profanity, swearing, and slang are often considered “taboo”, yet they are aspects of social communication. Research even shows that children have a repertoire of 30-40 taboo words when they enter school. There is normative data to reflect use of profanity and other “taboos” across the lifespan. Despite its prevalence in everyday communication, AAC users are often limited in their access to these types of words. Many popular speech-generating devices and language systems do not have these words or concepts readily available. This presentation will examine the research of colorful language and its implications for AAC users’ right to word choice. Please note, this presentation will discuss explicit language, sexual health terminology, and abuse.

April 27, 2022, 7:00-8:00 PM EDT

Presented by Hali Strickler, M.A., CCC-SLP

Hali Strickler is an AAC Services Coordinator for TechOWL at the Institute on Disabilities at Temple University. Her work at TechOWL includes providing AAC supports and services to individuals in Pennsylvania, as well as logistics for the ACES (Augmentative Communication and Empowerment Supports) program. She received her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Speech, Language and Hearing Science from Temple University. Haili is a licensed speech-language pathologist in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, and is ASHA certified. Her experience includes public schools and adult community-based settings. Throughout her career, Hali has developed a passion for assistive technology and AAC.


CE units are available for Free to USSAAC/ISAAC members only.

Non-member pay $25 for each webinar.

This course is offered for 0.1 ASHA CEUs (Introductory level; Professional area).

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• Identify at least 2 examples of age-specific taboo words/concepts for different age groups.
• Discuss 3 uses of profanity in social communication.
• Compare at least 2 AAC devices/language systems and their access to related symbols for taboo words.


5 minutes: Introduction of speaker, USSAAC and topic
10 minutes: Defining terms and review of taboo language as a concept
10 minutes: Development of profanity and use of taboo words across the lifespan
15 minutes: Application to AAC; evidence from relevant research and AAC users’ perspectives
15 minutes: Review of availability and access to different forms of taboo words (including
swearing and sexual health terminology) on popular AAC systems/devices
5 minutes: Q and A

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) CEUs in speech-language pathology and audiology are awarded by the ASHA CE Registry upon receipt of the CEU Participant Form from the ASHA Approved CE Provider, USSAAC. CEU Participant Forms are available onsite at Registration. ASHA CEUs are provided to full registrations. This program is offered for .1 ASHA CEUs (Introductory Level, Professional Area)

ASHA Disclosures:

 • Speaker
Financial: Hali Strickler is an employee of Temple University and receives a salary. She also receives compensation for private and contracted speech-language therapy services.
Nonfinancial: Hali Strickler is a member of ASHA and a Special Interest Group 12 affiliate.
• Moderator
The moderator has no financial or non-financial disclosures to report.

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April 27, 2022
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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