Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)

This section features communication aids, sometimes known as Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) and strategies. You may be able to use this equipment to supplement or replace spoken communication if you have difficulty speaking or are unable to speak.

This equipment ranges from simple letter boards through to sophisticated computer equipment which may all help you communicate more effectively with people around you.

Learning to become an effective AAC communicator is demanding and time consuming. It is important that you are motivated to put in the effort and have the necessary support for your social and family network. We would recommend that you arrange a multidisciplinary assessment before purchasing any type of communication aid. This will ensure that your seating, mobility, access, educational needs, cognitive levels, training and ongoing support are all taken into account (Ace Centre, 2010), AbilityNet, 2009).