Welcome to United States Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication

Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) includes all forms of communication (other than oral speech) that are used to express thoughts, needs, wants, and ideas. We all use AAC when we make facial expressions or gestures, use symbols or pictures, or write.

People with severe speech or language problems use various AAC methods to supplement existing speech or replace speech that is not functional. Special augmentative aids, such as picture and symbol communication boards and electronic devices, are available to help people express themselves. This may increase social interaction, school performance, and feelings of self-worth.

Unaided communication systems- rely on the user's body to convey messages. Examples include gestures, body language, and/or sign language.

Aided communication systems -require the use of tools or equipment in addition to the user's body. Aided communication methods can range from paper and pencil to communication books or boards to devices that produce voice output (speech generating devices or SGD's) and/or written output. Electronic communication aids allow the user to use picture symbols, letters, and/or words and phrases to create messages. Some devices can be programmed to produce different spoken languages.

Announcements & Updates

Webinar with Sharon Mankey, MA

AAC 101 for First Responders...

#USSAAChat with Lindsey Paden

#AAC Team Buy-In...

#USSAAChat with Mike Cole

AAC Implementation: Getting started and keeping it going...
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SpeakUp Blog Posts

AAC in the Classroom: One Brot

16 Oct 2017

AAC 101

9 Oct 2017

ACTION ALERT: Steve Gleason En

3 Oct 2017
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Supporters

USSAAC would like to recognize and thank our Institutional and Corporate Members for their support