About

The United States Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (USSAAC) is the national chapter of ISAAC, the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication.

ISAAC’s Vision

Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) will be recognized, valued and used throughout the world.

ISAAC’s Mission

To promote the best possible communication for people with complex communication needs.

About USSAAC

USSAAC is an organization dedicated to supporting the needs and rights of people who use AAC. Our community also includes family members, professionals, students, and AAC companies. Today, AAC strategies, tools and technologies enable more than 2 million people in the United States gain access to their human and civil right to communicate. AAC gives people with complex communication the means to exercise choice and control, to be active participants in their own families and communities.

USSAAC believes everybody has the right to communicate and is committed to advocacy to protect that right. USSAAC strives to influence policy and practice, ensuring access to AAC devices and services. To that end, USSAAC

  • Worked closely with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and other stakeholders to provide and protect Medicare funding for speech-generating devices (SGDs)
  • Organized and informed members of proposed challenges to CMS’s SGD funding and potential impact on people who need and use AAC
  • Monitors and, as necessary, intervenes with state Medicaid programs and private insurers to support policies and practices regarding access to and reimbursement for SGDs and clinical services.

USSAAC recognizes the important contributions to effective AAC services made by professionals from diverse disciplines. Accordingly, USSAAC is committed to facilitating increased knowledge and skills by offering professionals continuing education opportunities, including free, approved continuing education credits.

Part of what makes USSAAC unique is its recognition of the importance of people who use AAC and their families to realizing the vision of a world where all forms of communication are accessed and respected. USSAAC provides opportunities for people who use AAC to influence and become leaders in the organization. Further, USSAAC provides a community where families can voice their concerns, challenges, hopes and dreams, and where they can learn how to be part of the solution.

We invite you to join our community. Questions? feel free to contact us at membership@ussaac.org