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Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)

Communication is a complex process involving many related skills, and involes a message being sent and a message being received.

Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) refers to ways (other than speech) that are used to send a message from one person to another. An  individual requires augmentative and alternative communication if speech and/or handwriting does not meet their communication needs.

AAC systems use a combination of techniques to enhance communication.  Techniques may include speech, sign language, picture communication displays, written language, speech generating technology or a computer system.

Individuals with  physical disabilities may have difficulty handwriting or using their hands to operate communication systems.  A variety of alternative access methods, special keyboards and strategies may be explored.

Click here for Information about the Assistive Devices Program (Communication Aids)

Click here for Information about the Centralized Equipment Pool (CEP)

Hamilton Health Sciences • Hamilton, Ontario • 905.521.2100

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