Augmentative and alternative communication, also known as AAC, is a term that is used to describe various methods of communication that can help people who are unable to use vocal speech to communicate. AAC can benefit a wide range of individuals, including beginning communicators to more advanced communicators.

It is essential that people understand that there are 2 systems of ACC, unaided and aided. Unaided systems, like signing and gestures, do not require special materials or equipment, whereas aided systems use pictures, books and/or special assistive technology. The selection of which AAC system varies and is personalized to meet each AAC allows individuals to express their needs and wants, and more fully participate in decisions that affect their lives…..such that any individuals using AAC are successfully mainstreamed into schools with their age-appropriate peers.