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Augmentative/Alternative Communication Program


Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) is a specialty area of clinical practice in speech language pathology that assists individuals with severe expressive communication disorders (ASHA). In the WWRC Augmentative and Alternative Communication Program, a unique team works together to assess the communication needs of clients with severe speech impairments that limit an individual’s ability to be understood and subsequently employed. The interdisciplinary team is headed by a speech-language pathologist and may include an occupational therapist and/or physical therapist.

Both low and high assistive technology solutions are applied to provide clients with the most appropriate communication system to meet communication needs. Specialized training in using the systems in daily functional settings is incorporated into all clients’ programs.

Who typically needs the service?

  • People with speech impairments that alter the effectiveness of their communication.
  • People who need effective communication to be more employable.
  • People who are not able to communicate all daily needs (such as presence of pain, desire for food, care needs, and social interaction) through their present communication modes.

FAQs about AAC evaluations:

The evaluation is funded by the Department of Rehabilitation Services (DARS). The purchase of the Communication Device or App may be funded by the following:
Private Insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, DRS, school systems, private pay
Typically three to four hours.
Typically a trial rental or loan period of two to four weeks is recommended. An appropriate device usually has to be ordered for a trial period, so the client may need to return for delivery of the trial device.
There are local lodging options for a special rate, and you may qualify to stay at WWRC. We will try to accommodate your needs for a rest during the evaluation, if needed.

Contact Information

Email: AAC Program

Phone: 800-345-9972, Ext. 7086 or 540-332-7086 | TTY 800-811-7893

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