AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication

Parents of individuals with autism or an education or speech professional who works with the autism community know that communication can be a challenge. Some individuals may not develop spoken language, while others have well-developed vocabularies, but are challenged with trying to use the vocabulary.

AAC is a term used to describe a range of communication tools used to supplement, facilitate, or replace natural speech. It can be considered “low-tech” as in writing and communication boards/books or “high-tech” as in voice output communication devices, and sign language.

With the availability of applications that can be used on various tablets and phone systems (iPads, iPhones, Android phones and tablets)

In 1988, the Technology-Related Assistance for Individuals with Disabilities Act mandated states set up programs to help people with disabilities understand their rights under this law and to gain access to assistive technology. The Protection and Advocacy website has publications listing the requirements of different agencies to provide funding for assistive technology.

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