Using AAC technology to access the world.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

This paper describes the monumental shift in the nature of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) access that has occurred over the past three decades. In its earliest days AAC technology was directed at enabling interpersonal face-to-face interactions mainly for persons with physical impairment. Contemporary AAC access attempts to mirror the access needs of a broader population. Accordingly AAC access to today's mainstream technologies expands the focus from interpersonal communication to access of information and services over the expanding World Wide Web. With this expanded view comes a new range of challenges and opportunities. At the same time AAC has expanded its reach to include more people with a wider range of complex communication needs.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Shane, HC; Blackstone, S; Vanderheiden, G; Williams, M; DeRuyter, F

Published Date

  • 2011

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 24 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 3 - 13

PubMed ID

  • 22590795

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1040-0435

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1080/10400435.2011.648716


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States