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.
O’Neill et al presented research of the effects of family leisure on an individual with ASD’s communication skills at the 2017 ASHA Convention,
At the 2017 ASHA Convention, O’Neill et al presented their findings on the effects of aided AAC input interventions for individuals with developmental disabilities.
The RERC on AAC partnered with three student engineering Learning Factory teams at Penn State University in the fall of 2017
RERC on AAC partners will present at ATIA 2018 in Orlando, Florida.
O’Neill and colleagues evaluated the effects of videos with integrated visual scene displays (VSDs) on task completion in community settings by an adolescent with ASD
At the 2017 ASHA Conference, Kelsey Mandak presented on the effects of single-word literacy interventions for individuals who use AAC.
Wilkinson et al presented research on methods of optimizing AAC display designs for individuals with developmental or acquired disabilities at ASHA 2017
Kelsey Mandak presented research on the use of VSDs with dynamic texts to promote the transition from the use of graphic AAC symbols to orthographic text for individuals with ASD at ASHA 2017
Kelsey Mandak and Janice Light reported that SLPs perceived family-centered services as being implemented more often than families perceived.
Jessica Gormley and Janice Light discuss the findings from an online focus group of SLPs who work in the inpatient rehabilitation setting and provide clinical services to individuals with complex communication needs (CCN).