We found 238 resources in category Augmentative and Alternative Communication (Showing 1-20 of 238)

Sublime Speech

Created by Danielle Reed M.S., CCC-SLP, who "loves spicing up therapy with fun activities and technology", this blog is packed with freebies and do-it-yourself activities, "consult the app" reviews, and much more on this creative blog designed for therapists and parents. Ms. Reed uses high- and low-tech materials in her work with children; much of the low-tech is reproducible at home, and everything that she reviews has a detailed description, ...

Published: 2013 by Danielle Reed M.S., CCC-SLP , Reviewed: September 30, 2013


The Website of Luis Perez

Luis Perez is an educator with a visual impairment. His website focuses on apps for iPod and iPhone that make materials accessible to people with disabilities. He provides information on new products and creative ways he has found to use Apple programs. He blogs and posts videos on YouTube. He tweets and shares his love of photography and adventure. The website includes a comprehensive resource page and lots of tips ...

Published: 2013 by Luis Perez , Reviewed: September 30, 2013



Special Education Technology, British Columbia (SET- BC) is dedicated to providing students, teachers and school districts with specific training and a variety of assistive technology tools to increase access to curriculum and foster communication designed to increase student success and independence. The SET-BC SET Stories section offers brief summaries of student success stories and highlights the SET-BC technology lending library and supports. The Stories archive goes back several years and ...

Published: 2013 by SET-BC , Reviewed: July 10, 2013


Assistive Technology Conference (run by students)

In a striking example of how self-advocacy and assistive technology come together, this 2.5 hour video documents the Inclusion Requires Participation Conference (April 2013) that was run by students with disabilities about the ongoing push for assistive technology to "become ubiquitous." The students presented a variety of important perspectives on policymaking, genuine inclusion, family, and self-advocacy, and demonstrated how assistive technologies had helped them overcome classroom challenges. This video is ...

Published: 2013 by Inclusion Requires Participation , Reviewed: September 03, 2013


Eric Sailers

This is the website of Eric Sailers, a speech pathologist, assistive technology specialist, and a person who himself has a speech disability. He created this website to share resources and products for the iOS platform related to helping students with disabilities. There are a number of links to resources that are useful to those who want to learn about and maximize their use of apps and other related Apple products. ...

Published: 2013 by Eric Sailers , Reviewed: August 15, 2013


Switch Accessible Apps for iPhone

This resource is a list of switch-accessible apps for iPad and iPhone. The first section of the PDF file contains a list with the icon of each app, what device it is developed for (iPhone or iPad only), a brief description of the app, keystrokes that can be used to emulate a switch, and switch access description such as visual scanning, auditory scanning, 1-, 2- or 3-step scanning. In this ...

Published: 2013 by Jane Farrell & Alex Dunn , Reviewed: May 02, 2013


Communication Matters Focus On...

Communication Matters is a UK-based organization specializing in augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) resources, training, and research. Based in Edinburgh, Scotland, Communication Matters offers several free resources to families and AAC professionals. The "Focus On . . ." booklet series is free to download (PDF) and includes several small leaflets with essential information on AAC. --"What is AAC?" is an introduction to AAC. The booklet defines “aided” and “unaided” communication ...

Published: 2013 by CommunicationMatters.org , Reviewed: August 29, 2013


The Assistive Technology Blog

"The Assistive Technology Blog" is a publication of the Virginia Department of Education's Training and Technical Assistance Center (T/TAC) at VCU (not to be confused with AssistiveTechnologyBlog.com, also reviewed here by FCTD). It is a very simply organized blog of hundreds of resources that can be accessed by month or by by these categories: - Assistive Technologies - AT and Standardized Assessment - AT and Transition - AT for Math ...

Published: 2013 by Susanne Croasdaile , Reviewed: April 01, 2013


Exceptional Abilities

Exceptional Abilities is a blog written by a special education teacher who works with children who have disabilities ranging from moderate to severe and profound. She is also a parent of two children with mild/moderate special needs and the blog addresses various aspects of raising a child with intellectual or developmental disabilities. The blog's website provides many useful resources and links, including information about iPad and iPhone apps and assistive ...

Published: 2012 by Allie Rhodes , Reviewed: February 20, 2013


Technology can help special-needs children to communicate, play

This article begins by introducing Caden, a 6 year old boy who has Down’s syndrome. While Caden was able to use some sign language to communicate with his parents and his aide at school, communication with peers, teachers and others was not possible until he got an iPad. The article includes a video that shows him using his iPad and the communication app Proloquo2go. When Caden’s family started to look ...

Published: 2012 by Nick Malawskey , Reviewed: April 01, 2013


Providing Access to Common Core Language Arts Standards to Students Who Use ...

Written for the Connecticut State Education Resource Center, this report outlines the core curriculum standards for language arts, describes the significance of communication and access to a strong language arts curriculum for students with communication needs, and gives several examples to help educators apply these standards when teaching students who use AAC. The report is short, about 18 pages, and benefits from excellent charts and precise examples of common communication ...

Published: 2012 by Smita Worah, Ph.D. & Janet Zarchen , Reviewed: November 13, 2012


I Have Cerebral Palsy...so what, I'm still awesome!

Jack, the author of this blog, is a 13 year old boy who has Cerebral Palsy. He began writing his blog over the summer with hopes of helping people understand CP and become more supportive and willing to interact with people who have CP. Jack uses a wheelchair and a communication device but he is not willing to accept limits on what he can do. He writes about how it ...

Published: 2012 by Jack , Reviewed: November 28, 2012


Lauren S. Enders, MA, CCC-SLP

Lauren Enders, MA, CCC-SLP is a speech-language pathologist and assistive technology consultant who has created an extensive collection of links to AT devices, tablet apps, software and related resources. Using the online bulletin board Pinterest, Ms. Enders invites other service providers, teachers, and parents to share their own favorite resources. The site serves as a forum in which participants can discuss the strengths and weaknesses of individual products and share ...

Published: 2012 by Lauren S. Enders, MA, CCC-SLP , Reviewed: May 23, 2013



BridgingApps.org is a volunteer website with a stated mission of "bridging the gap between technology and people with disabilities". It is sponsored by Easter Seals of Greater Houston and is an evolution of Special Needs Apps for Kids (SNApps4Kids.org) which was previously reviewed by FCTD. This iteration is more sophisticated and powerful and includes apps for iOS and Android devices. The site has a Getting Started section with a video ...

Published: 2012 by BridgingApps , Reviewed: August 14, 2012


Hacking Autism

Hacking Autism is a software development think tank dedicated to accelerating the development of successful technology to help people with autism communicate and interact with the world. Formed by partnerships with HP, Intel, and several autism advocacy and support groups, Hacking Autism features an App Gallery for popular applications (including Proloque2Go, iCommunicate, MyTalkTools Mobile) and an Idea Gallery where visitors can submit ideas for software and see ideas from other ...

Published: 2012 by Hacking Autism , Reviewed: June 21, 2012


PrAACtical AAC

This web site is created and maintained by 2 speech-language pathologists/college professors who wanted to share what they've learned and what they teach to parents, teachers, and professionals. Visitors to the site can read articles, view resources and videos, and share their own experiences with augmentative and alternative communication. There are separate sections dealing with different issues related to communication and people with disabilities. There are discussions of safety when ...

Published: 2012 by Carole Zangari, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Robin Parker, CCC-SLP , Reviewed: September 26, 2012


Out of My Mind

This novel is a first-person narrative about a very smart 5th grader who introduces herself by talking about her love of words, the flavor and scent of which enrich her life. She then simply states that she has never spoken a word in her life. Melody has cerebral palsy and is unable to communicate with spoken words. The novel portrays the authentic experiences of a child with a disability and ...

Published: 2012 by Sharon Draper , Reviewed: July 10, 2013


AAC Institute

AAC Institute is a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing access to effective AAC tools and promoting the AAC goal - optimal communication and maximum potential, the AAC Rules of Commitment, and evidence-based clinical practices for AAC worldwide. The AAC Institute website provides AAC tools (costs vary), research information, advocacy tips, and other resources for parents, educators, AAC developers, and the community of individuals who rely on AAC. The institute also ...

Published: 2012 by AAC Institute , Reviewed: May 23, 2012


AAC Intervention

This website is authored by Carolyn Musselwhite who has been practicing in the field of AAC intervention for many years. The site is rich in information about augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), including strategies to incorporate it into effective daily communication. The 'Tip of the Month' section contains valuable tips and worksheets that can be downloaded and used as long as the author is given credit. The information and tips ...

Published: 2012 by Caroline Musselwhite , Reviewed: March 14, 2012


Uncommon Sense

When it comes to the complexities of parenting a child with a disability, blogs like Dana Nieder's "Uncommon Sense" are a refreshing source of accessible, family friendly resources. "Uncommon Sense" is first and foremost a family blog and the posts are geared to families of children with special needs rather than to the already crowded field of favorite hot button issues. The blog has a deep archive, a public Facebook ...

Published: 2012 by Dana Nieder , Reviewed: February 15, 2012

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