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

USSAAC Webinar Series

New Medicare SGD Funding Policy and Guidelines for 2016:What’s Covered; What’s Not; Where Do We Go From Here?
March 10, 2016 @ 7 p.m. ET
Register now....
3 Mar 2016

We ask that you help encourage

As leaders, we ask that you help encourage the AAC community and ask them to comment on the proposed National Coverage Decision proposal for Speech Generating Devices....
14 Apr 2015

View all