The RERC on AAC is a collaborative center committed to advancing knowledge and producing innovative engineering solutions in augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). The RERC on AAC will support a research and development program that addresses three areas of rehabilitation science and engineering:
- Improving access to technologies through exploration of innovative approaches and through integration of multi-modalities;
- Developing innovative language support technologies, including natural language processing and computer-mediation, to support effective communication for children and adults with limited access to language;
- Improving the human computer interface to reduce cognitive visual processing demands and enhance communication performance.
We also will support a range of training and dissemination activities. Our goal is that the AAC technologies and knowledge generated by the RERC on AAC will enable individuals with complex communication needs to achieve the basic human right of communication, and to maximize their participation in education, employment, health and community activities.
This poster session at ASHA 2016 examined the visual-cognitive processing demands of using an ABC and QWERTY onscreen keyboard by individuals with and without TBI.
This session shared results from many research studies to improve the design of AAC apps to increase appeal, reduce learning demands, and support language, literacy, and communication.
RERC on AAC partners Susan Fager and Janice Light presented at ASHA 2016 in Philadelphia PA (November 17-19, 2016)
The RERC on AAC will host a 3-day Doctoral Student AAC Research Think Tank at Penn State University in State College, Pennsylvania from May 16-18, 2017.
Richard and Thomas Ellenson, and Godfrey and Sweta Nazareth, present on the impact of AAC on the family in this USSAAC sponsored webcast.
Our sincere thanks to Godfrey Nazareth who visited students and faculty in the Family Centered and Consumer Responsive AAC Services course on October 5, 2016.
Melanie Fried-Oken contributed information to an article on brain-computer interfaces that appeared in KQED Science.
NARIC highlighted the recent RERC on AAC publication on “soliciting user feedback from persons with severe speech and physical impairments” in their Research in Focus newsletter.
This introductory level webcast on “AAC and Children” by Kathy Drager, Janice Light, and David McNaughton (Penn State University) is designed as an introduction to the use of AAC.
Congratulations to Janice Light and David McNaughton who received the ISAAC President’s Award at the ISAAC 2016 conference in Toronto, Canada