If you cannot see the images below, please click here

chris with friendJanice and childACCPC logoPatient provider logoMcnaughton and arnold

aac rerc

News from the AAC-RERC
Spring, 2011)

Upcoming Presentations

Web Resources

Evidence to support augmentative communication treatment for Primary Progressive Aphasia.
Fried-Oken, M., Rowland, C., Gibbons, C., & Oken, B. American Academy of Neurology Annual Meeting, Honolulu, Hawaii. Mon. Apr 11th, 2011, 2:00pm

Literacy instruction for students with complex communication needs. J. Light & D. McNaughton. PaTTAN Low Incidence Institute, State College, PA. August 8, 2011.



girl with ipad

Based on interviews with 25 AAC “thought leaders” between January and March, 2011, the AAC-RERC has prepared a White Paper on Mobile Devices and Communication Apps.

Facebook image

The AAC-RERC is on Facebook! Please friend our page to receive updates on AAC-RERC activities, and information on new resources.


David McNaughton, Sue Balandin, Pam Kennedy and Thor Sandmel describe strategies to support health transitions for youth with complex communication needs in the Journal of Pediatric Rehabilitation.

Janice and child

Diane Bryen's work in developing needed vocabulary sets for adults who use AAC was recognized by the National Center for the Dissemination of Disability Research in the most recent issue of Focus

RESNA logo

RESNA is once again partnering with the AAC-RERC in presenting the RESNA  Student Design Competition. Proposal instructions are available, and past submissions can be viewed here

Connsense logo

Chris Klein introduces himself and his role in the AAC-RERC Writers Brigade, as well the AAC-RERC YouTube project, in recent articles in ConnSENSE

DAAC logo

Sarah Blackstone introduces the new standards for patient-centered communication in this special issue of the Journal of Pediatric Rehabilitation.

ACCPC logo

Melanie Fried-Oken is helping to organize the Second Workshop on Speech and Language Processing for Assistive Technologies to be held in Edinburgh, Scotland, on July 30, 2011.

certificate of completion

The AAC-RERC provides 14 free webcasts on a variety of AAC topics. In order to support the use of the webcasts by university faculty, we have developed on-line quizzes that can be used in conjunction with the webcasts.

Recent Presentations and Publications

Beukelman, D., & Ray, P. (2010). Communication supports in pediatric rehabilitation. Journal of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine, 3, 279–288. (Full text)

Blackstone, S. (2010). Communication access for children: The role of augmentative and alternative communication technologies and strategies in pediatric rehabilitation. Journal of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine: An Interdisciplinary Approach, 3, 247-250. (Full text)

Blackstone, S., Garrett, K., & Hasselkus, A. (2010). New hospital standards will improve communication accreditation guidelines address language, culture, vulnerability, health literacy. ASHA Leader. (Full text).

Bryen, D. N. (2010). Editor’s Corner. Journal of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine: An Interdisciplinary Approach, 3, 245. (Full text)

McNaughton, D., Balandin, S., Kennedy, P., & Sandmel, T. (2010). Health transitions for youth with complex communication needs: The importance of health literacy and communication strategies. Journal of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine, 3, 311–318. (Full text)

Rowland, C., & Fried-Oken, M. (2010). Communication Matrix: A clinical and research assessment tool targeting children with severe communication disorders. Journal of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine, 3, 319–329. (Full text)


If you wish to be removed from this mailing list, please hit "reply" and type "remove" in the subject line

This is a publication of the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Communication Enhancement (AAC-RERC), which is funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research of the U.S. Department of Education under grant number #H133E080011. The opinions contained in this publication are those of the grantee and do not necessarily reflect those of the Department of Education.


w3c image