Firsthand AAC Perspectives

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It Takes a Village: The Importance of an AAC Community

USSAAC’s members are diverse and include augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) researchers, device manufacturers, therapists, teachers, families of individuals using AAC, and people who use AAC.  SpeakUP strives to be “The Voice of AAC” by including posts by all stakeholders, including individuals who use AAC.  Today we are pleased to welcome Mike Hipple, USSAAC’s Director of Membership, to share his firsthand perspective about growing up using AAC.  He also offers his sage advice to other AAC families about the importance of building an AAC

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Thank you for reading this blog post. The views expressed in this post are that of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of USSAAC members and board members. No endorsement by USSAAC is implied regarding any device, manufacturer, resource or strategy mentioned. We would love to hear from you. Please connect with us through or or send an email to membership@ussaac.org
 

Reaching for the Stars

Today we are pleased to share a piece by a dynamic college Sophomore, Hannah Foley.  In this post, she writes about her own personal AAC journey and how it has shaped her career aspirations.  

 

Pinpointing your passions and determining what you want to do for the rest of your life at the age of eighteen is not a simple task for everyone.  Most kids are just hoping to finish high school on a strong note, graduate, and move away from their annoying parents.  However, my situation is a little different.

 

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Thank you for reading this blog post. The views expressed in this post are that of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of USSAAC members and board members. No endorsement by USSAAC is implied regarding any device, manufacturer, resource or strategy mentioned. We would love to hear from you. Please connect with us through or or send an email to membership@ussaac.org
 

What I Learned at Gap

Today we welcome Mike Hipple, USSAAC's director of membership, to share his personal experience from this year's Closing the Gap conference.

 

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Thank you for reading this blog post. The views expressed in this post are that of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of USSAAC members and board members. No endorsement by USSAAC is implied regarding any device, manufacturer, resource or strategy mentioned. We would love to hear from you. Please connect with us through or or send an email to membership@ussaac.org
 

Red Tape: The Hurdles I Face Trying to Obtain a Speech Generating Device

 #AACAwarenessMonth is drawing to a close and the Dogers are in the World Series for the first time since 1988.  Today's guest author, Sarah Morris, is a freelance writer for Major League Baseball Advanced Media where she regularly writes about the Dodgers.  In today's article, Sarah shares the story of her struggle to fund an AAC system that would allow her to write and communicate more efficiently.  

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Thank you for reading this blog post. The views expressed in this post are that of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of USSAAC members and board members. No endorsement by USSAAC is implied regarding any device, manufacturer, resource or strategy mentioned. We would love to hear from you. Please connect with us through or or send an email to membership@ussaac.org
 

AAC in the Classroom: One Brother's Inspiration

In today's SpeakUp post, Janelle Hite shares the story of her son's illuminating experience with AAC in the classroom and the powerful impact it had on their #AACFamily.

 

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Thank you for reading this blog post. The views expressed in this post are that of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of USSAAC members and board members. No endorsement by USSAAC is implied regarding any device, manufacturer, resource or strategy mentioned. We would love to hear from you. Please connect with us through or or send an email to membership@ussaac.org
 


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