Firsthand AAC Perspectives

SpeakUp! & AACT: Thanh Diep on SGD Funding Experiences

Thanh Diep shares all about her personal experiences as a person who uses AAC with insurance funding a new speech-generating device (SGD).

How Does That Make You Feel? Examining Emotional Effects of AAC Usage

Meggin Nunamaker describes the Emotional Effects of using an AAC system as a person who uses AAC.

Speak Up! & AACT: Mateo Moreno on Teaching Kids about AAC

Mateo Moreno shares his experience of sharing his story as a person who uses AAC with children to raise awareness about all the ways people communicate.

SpeakUp! & AACT: Hannah Foley on AAC in Higher Education

Hannah Foley shares her personal experiences of navigating higher education as a person who uses AAC in this new SpeakUp! & AACT! post

Introducing Speak Up! and AACT: Patrick Regan

Patrick Regan advocates for the Communications, Video, and Technology Accessibility Act, currently under review by Congress

Yes, I still have behaviors but it isn’t the same as when I was little.

Mike Hipple shares his personal experiences as a person who uses AAC on how he has communicated with behaviors throughout his life.

To the Future and Beyond: Can Telepractice be an Effective Treatment Tool for People Who Use AAC?

By Meggin Nunamaker Introduction It is said, “Necessity is the mother of invention.” In this case, the global covid pandemic made “no contact” restrictions necessary, which was the catalyst for…

“I Want to Sound Like a REAL Person!”: A Woman’s Discovery of Shortcomings of AAC Devices

by Meggin Nunamaker I use AAC; I have a virtual keyboard on my laptop screen that I mouse-click letters to “type” a message. I also use a text to speech…

Higher tech isn’t always better tech

Greg offers a unique perspective that higher tech isn’t always better tech! He values reliability, having a face-to-face conversation with a partner that isn’t blocked by a screen, and not having to rely on materials in his communication system. As there are more and more device systems available, this perspective is one that the community should keep in mind as user needs and opinions are the most important when designing an AAC system.

AAC Awareness Spotlight: AAC & Employment

USSAAC’s Vice-President for People Who Uses AAC & Families, Dr. Tracy Rackensberger, explains why awareness for both AAC and the employment for People with disabilities is so important. This video…

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