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 2018 RERC on AAC State of the Science Conference, Memmott and colleagues presented their findings on detecting drowsiness in BCI users.
At the 2018 RERC on AAC State of the Science Conference, Beukelman and Fager will present their findings on effects of personal relevance when selecting visual scene displays.
At the 2018 RERC on AAC State of the Science Conference, Babb et al. will present their findings on the effects of using video VSDs in a vocational setting for a high school student with ASD and CCN.
At the 2018 RERC on AAC State of the Science Conference, Holyfield et al. will present their findings on whether a video VSD training can help middle schoolers better interpret the pre symbolic communicative behaviors of their peers with disabilities.
The following posters will be presented at the RERC on AAC State of the Science conference on July 13, 2018.
On Friday, July 13, 2018, the RERC on AAC will hold its State of the Science conference at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Arlington, Virginia
The RERC on AAC will be presenting at RESNA 2018 in Arlington, VA.
Mandak & Light report on the practices and beliefs of SLPs regarding family-centered services for children with complex communication needs
Caron et al (2018) describe the impact of a Transition to Literacy ( T2L) intervention with individuals with ASD
At the 2018 PSHA Convention, Starr et al presented their findings on the effects of a video visual scene display on modes of communication.