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.
The Doctoral Student AAC Research Think Tank was held at Penn State University from May 16 – May 18, 2017.
This study investigated the effects of dynamically displaying text within AAC software to support the transition from graphic symbols to literacy with pre-literate preschoolers with ASD.
Video VSDs provide an innovative AAC interface by using videos of daily events with embedded VSDs to enhance participation in dynamic interactions.
The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of seated positioning on the accuracy and efficiency of a single motor act used to access AAC for an adolescent with athetoid CP.
In this paper, Mandak et al. discuss family systems theory and ecological systems theory as a framework to guide family-centered AAC practice…
RERC on AAC partners Susan Fager, Tom Jakobs, and David McNaughton will present at ATIA 2017 in Orlando, FL
The RERC on AAC partnered with four student engineering Learning Factory teams at Penn State University in the fall of 2016.
Evidence-based intervention and AAC apps to support the literacy development of children with autism and complex communication needs
O’Neill et al examined visual attention to visual scene displays and navigation menus by individuals with developmental disabilities.
The current study explores the impact of an AAC app designed to foster literacy development on single word reading performance in adults with intellectual disabilities.