Team Leaders: Heidi Koester, Susan Fager
AAC Consumer Team: Wiley, Cuttlers, Rogge
Challenge and Background Information
- 2 million Americans have severe motor impairments.
- Many cannot use standard access methods
- They require alternative access
- Many service providers receive minimal training in AAC.
- Lack knowledge & skills to conduct alternative access assessment
- As a result, many individuals with motor impairments are provided with access methods that are sub-optimal.
The new RERC on AAC will develop and evaluate an evidence-based protocol & software tool (Access Assistant) to support more effective and efficient alternative access assessment. The proposed outcomes will include:
- Improved delivery of alternative access services
- Improved access for individuals with significant motor impairments
- Increased participation in education, employment, & community living