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

Lew Golinker webinar

How to Overcome Access Barriers to SGD Funding (7pm EST)...
15 Feb 2017

#USSAAChat with Carole Zangari

Beyond Awareness: Building a Culture of AAC Awareness (7pm EST)...
9 Feb 2017

USSSAAC Member meeting at ATIA

In Boca III & IV at 5:45 pm EST...
19 Jan 2017

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