“Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) is an area of clinical practice that addresses the needs of individuals with significant and complex communication disorders characterized by impairments in speech-language production and/or comprehension, including spoken and written modes of communication.

AAC uses a variety of techniques and tools, including picture communication boards, line drawings, speech-generating devices (SGDs), tangible objects, manual signs, gestures, and finger spelling, to help the individual express thoughts, wants and needs, feelings, and ideas.

AAC is augmentative when used to supplement existing speech, and alternative when used in place of speech that is absent or not functional.

AAC may be temporary, as when used by patients postoperatively in intensive care, or permanent, as when used by an individual who will require the use of some form of AAC throughout his or her lifetime.”

-ASHA definition

ASHA Augmentative and Alternative Communication Overview

Announcements and News

  • Congratulations to PBB Cohort 4 on completing their certificate in Augmentative and Alternative Communication! 

  • We welcome our Project Building Bridges 4th cohort back from their international internship in the Marshall Islands, Bali and Malasya. For more information on this and Project Building Bridges, see this presentation.

  • Project Building Bridges was selected to participate in the BOLD Thinking Event at the Masonic on April 4, 2019, where they represented the Graduate College of Education and highlighted our work with AAC. Congratulations PBB!

    View the BOLD slideshow

  • Check out CampusMemo, where Project Building Bridges was highlighted for their summer service learning project in Belize!

  • Welcome and congratulations to the new 2019 cohort for Project Building Bridges scholars!