The Penn State AAC community of faculty, graduate students and undergraduate students are dedicated to enhancing communication and improving the overall quality of life for individuals who have complex communication needs and their families. We are seeking to improve outcomes for individuals with autism spectrum disorders, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, developmental apraxia, traumatic brain injuries, aphasia, ALS /Lou Gehrig’s disease and many other disabilities through the use of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) such as signs, light tech symbols, high tech speech generating devices, etc.
We focus on three main areas in our work:
- Research to improve outcomes for individuals with complex communication needs
- Undergraduate and graduate education to prepare professionals to meet the needs of individuals who require AAC and their families as well as a doctoral-level program to prepare future researchers and leaders in the AAC field
- Service delivery (AAC assessment and intervention services) and outreach to meet the communication needs of individuals who require AAC and their families…..more