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.
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.
In this research study, children and adolescents with ASD made use of a Transition to Literacy feature in an AAC app.
This poster session at ASHA 2016 examined the visual-cognitive processing demands of using an ABC and QWERTY onscreen keyboard by individuals with and without TBI.
This session shared results from many research studies to improve the design of AAC apps to increase appeal, reduce learning demands, and support language, literacy, and communication.
RERC on AAC partners Susan Fager and Janice Light presented at ASHA 2016 in Philadelphia PA (November 17-19, 2016)