This website provides guidelines for teaching literacy skills to learners with special needs, especially learners with complex communication needs.
A "worldwide resource for people with severe communication disorders or who cannot speak, their families and friends, professionals and educators, researchers, developers and manufacturers, funding and other parties (quote from website)." This not-for-profit organization is dedicated to helping people who use AAC achieve the "most effective communication". This site provides information on evidence-based practice and AAC, including links to articles and conference presentations by Dr. Katya Hill on the topic. Some interesting tools are also featured on this sight (e.g., Single Switch Performance Test) and a wealth of information about language activity monitoring as a way to collect data on speech generating device use.
The AAC Institute offers the opportunity to learn about various aspects of AAC that support the goal of the most effective communication possible for the individual. The courses allow individuals to work at their own pace. Classes are FREE and there are no prerequisites for taking these informative courses. All AAC stakeholders will find value in this resource. Internet access is the only requirement.
401 East State Street
Ithaca, New York 14850
This website posts information about programs that cover and provide funding for augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) devices, also known as “speech generating devices” (SGDs). SGDs are essential tools to help people with severe communication disabilities meet their daily communication needs.
This site is a source for objective information about AT products and equipment available from domestic and international sources. ABLEDATA does not sell products, but it can help you locate companies that do. Over 35,000 AT products are listed in the ABLEDATA database according to each product's intended functions or special features is possesses. For each product in the database, a detailed description of functions, features, price information and contact information for manufacturer/distributors. ABLEDATA also offers non-commercial prototypes, customized products and do it yourself designs. ABLEDATA is sponsored by NIDRR, OSERS and the U.S. Department of Education.
2625 Patton Road
Roseville, MN 55113-1137
This company strives to “improve lives of people with disabilities in every targeted setting, every day, in dozens of ways…” AbleNet creates “solutions in context” that empower and excite others to encourage enhanced quality of life for people with disabilities. They develop, market and support AT & AAC that can be used at home, at work and in the community. AbleNet is committed to creating “simple-to-use” AT products that empower people wtih complex physical and cognitive disabilities. — Ask about their Product Loan program.
Pittsburgh PA 15203
Western Pennsylvania's largest provider of comprehensive services and supports for children and adults with disabilities and their families.
2305 W. 50th St., Ste B
Sioux Falls, SD
Adaptivation offers a wide range of assistive devices including switches, communication devices and environmental controls. They also carry products from other top businesses in the industry. The Switches section contains both switches and switch-related electronic devices, such as computer switch interfaces and switch latch timers. One of their goals is to create new application ideas that can be used in the community, at home, school or play. Find creative ways to utilize switches, communication aids and environmental controls in their Idea Album. — Ask about their Trial Program.
Our purpose is to instigate a revolutionary shift, one where we reject barriers and segregation and choose instead to imagine and build custom adaptations; where we share designs and stories; and where we respond to difference and disability, not with fear or neglect, but with solidarity and love.” -Alex Truesdell, ADA Founder
95 Sherwood Avenue
Farmingdale, NY 11735
This company is “dedicated to improving lives of people with severe speech disorders by providing augmentative and alternative communication devices.” AMDi is “committed to providing durable and affordable products” to promote and facilitate meaningful communication and speech. AMDi manufactures speech generating devices (SGDs), software, accessories, switches, mounting systems, etc. Loans and rentals are offered to help you with decision-making, and funding assistance is provided for purchasing equipment when you have found one of their devices/systems that work for you. — Device Loans and Rentals are available.