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.
Clinicians, parents, people who use AAC, policy specialists, and researchers discussed “Training needs in AAC”.
A recent article in the Penn State News highlighted research on video VSDs
Gormley & Light observed the interactions between a young child with CCN, her parents, and 26 health care workers in an inpatient rehabilitation unit.
Peters and colleagues explored modified eye tracking and BCI with Shuffle Speller typing interface for individuals with ALS
Mandak et al. evaluated the impact of use of T2L features within video VSDs on single-word reading with an adolescent with cerebral palsy.