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.
At the 2019 ATIA Conference, Caron and colleagues shared findings from a study in which SLPs were trained in adapted literacy instruction from online modules.
McNaughton et al. describe strategies to build capacity and awareness in the AAC field to ensure appropriate AAC supports are provided.
Light et al. review the state of the science related to AAC technologies that are developmentally appropriate and responsive to the needs of children with CCN and their partners.
Fager et al. discuss the state of the science on emerging alternative access technologies for individuals with severe motor impairments and CCN.
Light et al. review the state of the science on how various AAC display variables impact the visual attention and performance of children with developmental disabilities and adults with acquired conditions.
Light et al. discuss key advances in the AAC field, the remaining challenges that must be addressed, and key priorities for the future.
At the 2019 ATIA Conference, Babb and colleagues shared how the use of video VSDs during vocational tasks could support adolescents with CCN.
At the 2019 ATIA Conference, Bhana et al. discussed how video VSD technology can be used to teach early literacy skills.
The RERC on AAC announces a $3,000 prize for the 2019 Student Research and Design Competition
O’Neill et al. report that aided AAC input can enhance expression and comprehension for individuals who use AAC