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.

Unaided Systems

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.

Learn more about AT for Communication at AT3 Center’s Explore AT Clearinghouse.

ATLA has services and programs available for individuals who need AT for Communication. 

  1. Wisconsin Assistive Technology Initiative