RERC on AAC State of the Science Conference


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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 (near Washington, DC).

At the conference, Janice Light, David Beukelman, Susan Fager, Melanie Fried-Oken, Tom Jakobs, and David McNaughton will present and lead discussions on key AAC topics, including

  • New challenges and opportunities for individuals who require AAC
  • Access for individuals with severe speech and motor impairments
  • Research-based design of AAC displays
  • AAC technologies as language, communication, and instructional supports for children with developmental disabilities and their partners
  • Outcome measurement in AAC
  • Supports for increasing capacity in AAC

Our goals are to discuss the state of the science in AAC, to consider implications for practice, and to identify directions for future research and development.  The conference will bring together key stakeholders including individuals who use AAC, family members, clinicians, researchers, AT manufacturers, app developers, policy makers, and government personnel.

Attendance is limited to a small group of invited participants. For further information, please contact David McNaughton at

The State of the Science conference is being held in conjunction with the RESNA 2018 conference. RERC on AAC partners will be presenting at RESNA 2018 on July 14 and 15, after the State of the Science has concluded.

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