Enhancing AAC connections with the world

Frank DeRuyter, David McNaughton, Kevin Caves, Diane Nelson Bryen, Michael B. Williams

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The availability of new technologies has changed how we control devices, exchange information, and communicate with others. Significant barriers, however, have prevented many individuals who use augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) from accessing the technology and computer-based activities available in today's "Information Society." In this paper we discuss the benefits and challenges to increased interoperability between AAC and mainstream technologies. We outline suggested roles and activities for six stakeholder groups: (a) individuals who use AAC, (b) individuals who assist in selecting and supporting use of AAC devices, (c) AAC researchers, (d) AAC device manufacturers, (e) mainstream application developers and technology manufacturers, and (f) public policy makers. We also provide suggestions for future research, public policy, and technical development.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)258-270
Number of pages13
JournalAAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2007

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Rehabilitation
  • Speech and Hearing


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