Topic Areas: Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)

Topic Chairs: Celeste Helling and Suzie Getz Cescon

Content Area: Speech-Language Pathology

Proposals appropriate for submission to this topic area include those that focus on any aspect of AAC, including its use across the lifespan with individuals who have complex communication needs secondary to a wide range of developmental and acquired conditions. Sessions in the AAC topic area include ways in which existing and emerging technologies, strategies, and techniques are used to enhance the language development, quality of life, and independence of individuals with significant communication challenges across service delivery settings. Proposals describing clinical advances, professional issues, practice barriers and solutions, assessment and intervention research, theoretical models, and effective collaboration, are encouraged. Interprofessional education, practice, and/or research that addresses the implementation of interprofessional competencies within curricular or practice models or the evaluation of collaborative care outcomes specific to AAC should be included in this topic area.  


  • Translational, applied, or implementation research related to AAC

Professional Education

  • AAC assessment models, strategies, and tools
  • AAC and developmental disabilities
  • AAC for young children
  • AAC issues related to aging
  • AAC and multilingualism
  • AAC and social justice issues
  • Acquired disabilities and AAC
  • Administrative and regulatory issues related to AAC
  • Consumer and family issues related to AAC
  • Cultural and linguistic issues specifically related to AAC
  • Emergency preparedness, disaster recovery, and resiliency as they relate to AAC
  • Ethical issues related to AAC
  • Evidence based practice in AAC services
  • Funding, reimbursement and policy issues related to AAC
  • Implementation science & AAC
  • Inclusion of AAC users in education, work, and community life
  • Intervention issues such as dosage and frequency
  • Language development and AAC
  • Language representation (graphics, sign, etc.)
  • Literacy development related to AAC
  • Palliative care issues, including end of life decision making and enhancing quality of life for children and adults with AAC needs
  • Partner training, coaching, and setting strategies that promote AAC competence
  • Part-time AAC use
  • Pre-service education and professional development specific to AAC
  • Providing AAC services in telehealth
  • Psychosocial impact/issues related to need for AAC
  • Social-emotional development and AAC
  • Safety and well-being of people who use AAC
  • Supervision issues related to AAC
  • Teaming and collaboration
  • Technology issues (development, devices/software) related to AAC
  • Vocabulary selection related to AAC

Related Topics

Proposals that include but do not focus on AAC should be submitted to the primary topic area. See the following examples:

  • Proposals focusing on hearing loss in adults should be submitted to the Hearing, Balance, Tinnitus – Assessment and Intervention: Adult topic area.
  • Proposals focusing on hearing loss in children should be submitted to the Hearing, Balance, Tinnitus – Assessment and Intervention: Pediatric or the Listening, Language and Speech in Children who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing topic areas.
  • Proposals focusing on literacy should be submitted to the Literacy Assessment and Intervention topic area.

About ASHA

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) is the national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for members and affiliates who are audiologists, speech-language pathologists, speech, language, and hearing scientists, audiology and speech-language pathology support personnel, and students.

About the Convention

The ASHA Convention is one of the largest professional development events for audiologists; speech-language pathologists; and speech, language, and hearing scientists. Bringing together approximately 15,000 attendees, the annual Convention offers more than 2,500 sessions eligible for ASHA continuing education credit covering the latest research, clinical skills, and techniques in communication sciences and disorders.

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