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    Posted by Deborah Lesher on 3/21/2020 7:40:00 PM

    In light of the unusual situation with school closures in Oregon, our team would like to share an AT/AAC resource list for families and educators.  Please feel free to share additional resources with us and we will add them to the list.

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  • AAC Awareness Month Discounts!

    Posted by Katie Tierney on 10/2/2019

    AAC Awareness Month means deals on AAC apps! Lauren Enders has created this helpful graphic to show exactly which AAC apps are on sale and for how long. Some of the apps even offer an extra discount with volume purchasing! 


    AAC apps on sale graphic

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  • October is AAC Awareness Month!

    Posted by Katie Tierney on 10/1/2019 3:00:00 PM

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    October is International Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Awareness Month!

    Approximately, four million Americans cannot consistently meet their day-to-day communication requirements by means of natural speech (Beukelman and Mirenda, 2013). Families report there are huge needs to increase knowledge and awareness of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) (Angelo et al, 1995).  

    The International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ISAAC), has announced this year's theme is, "Communication Beyond Borders". Lateef McLeod, Chair of the ISAAC LEAD Committee, has recorded a short message about this year's theme.

    Communication Beyond Borders

    For more ideas on how to spread AAC awareness this month and every month, visit the USSAAC website.

    Happy AAC Awareness Month! 


    Thank you, to Carole Zangari, of PrAACtical AAC, for the great AAC Awareness Month graphics! 

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  • Summer Program Helps Nonverbal Youth Build Confidence To Communicate

    Posted by OI/AT Team on 6/28/2019

    A young user of the Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) devices at a summer program for youth with communication disorders hosted by Our Lady of the Lake (OLLU) on June 25, 2019.

    After petting a golden retriever sitting next to her in the library of Our Lady of the Lake University, Kayla Jansen used the speech-generating device attached to her motorized wheelchair to convey what she could not verbalize: The dog, she said, was “soft and cute.”

    Jansen, 19, has cerebral palsy and is unable to communicate verbally, leaving her unable to articulate her feelings or give voice to her wants or thoughts in the typical way. But Jansen has plenty to say, and she uses her text-to-talk tablet to do it.

    On Tuesday morning, Jansen attended a summer program at the university designed to help youth with communication challenges learn how to use apps and adaptive technologies to express themselves to the best of their ability.

    Click here to read more.

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