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Success Stories

Tess uses a Tobii augmentative communication device. After trying many different types of switches to activate the device, it was decided that Eyegaze technology would work best for Tess. One of the benefits of using this kind of a device is that it lets Tess initiate communication. Visit our... Continue Reading Using Eye Gaze Technology with AAC

Resources

The AAC Resources Network is an innovative alliance of companies and organizations offering you the industry’s most comprehensive range of products, services, and solutions for assistive technology and augmentative and alternative communication. Continue Reading AAC Resources Network
The Leader is a monthly online newsmagazine for and about speech-language pathologists, audiologists, and speech, language, and hearing scientists. It provides news and showcases the latest research and practice advances in communication sciences. Continue Reading ASHA Leader
ASHA Community is the community site for the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. It features discussion groups and blogs posts from AAC professionals. Continue Reading ASHACommunity
Presented by Tobii Dynavox, the site features hundreds of resources and examples that promote successful communication in daily life using AAC. PRC AAC Language Lab https://aaclanguagelab.com/ Prentke Romish Company’s site for real-life solutions in support of language development. Continue Reading Implementation Toolkit
Spectronics is an Australian company that sells assistive technology devices. This site is chock full of useful information, including product reviews and comparison charts. Continue Reading Spectronics

How We Can Help . . . 

Advancing Opportunities’ team of Augmentative Communication Specialists provides evaluations to help people with disabilities find the augmentative and alternative communication system that will work best for them.

For children, augmentative and alternative communication evaluations are frequently conducted through the child’s school. Advancing Opportunities has provided many AAC assessments for students around the state. To get the evaluation process started, the school should submit a Request for District Contract.

For schools that already have a contract with the agency, the next step is completing AAC Evaluation Referral Packet, which includes a Student Referral Form and questionnaires for parents, teachers and aides, and any therapists who are working with the child.

In determining the most appropriate system, it may be necessary to try a number of different devices. The agency’s Technology Lending Center allows individuals, families, and schools to borrow and try devices free of charge. Based on the evaluation, the Augmentative Communication Specialist will make a recommendation. Once the recommendation is approved by the district, and equipment is purchased, they can provide training to ensure the AAC system is being used effectively and all are satisfied with the outcome.

For more information about requesting an AAC evaluation or about the training Advancing Opportunities can provide, call 609-82-4182 ext. 595 or email ats@advopps.org.