AT for Communication or Augmentative/Alternative Communication (AAC) refers to the methods used to maximize the communication abilities of individuals whose natural speech is either temporarily or permanently impaired¹. Below are examples of AT for Communication, but we highly suggest working with a Speech-Language Pathologist and ATLA when making your device decision.
These systems take advantage of your body language and include gestures, body language, facial expressions, and sign language.
Basic Aided Systems
Examples of basic aided systems include pen and paper, and pointing to letters, words, or pictures on a board.
Mid to High-Tech Aided Systems
Examples of mid to high-tech aided systems include talking switches, speech-generating devices, and tablets with appropriate apps. Our program, Alaska Relay, helps Alaskans who have speech-disabilities get tablets with text-based AAC apps. Learn about Alaska Relay here.