The Evolution of Augmentative Communication and the Importance of Alternate Access Over the past 20 years, there have been many advances in the computer industry as well as in augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) devices. Computers are becoming more compact and have multiple purposes, such as the iPhone, which is a cell phone, mp3 player, and an Internet browser. AAC devices ... Article
Article  |   April 01, 2011
The Evolution of Augmentative Communication and the Importance of Alternate Access
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  • David Chapple
    AAC Institute, Shalersville, OH
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Article   |   April 01, 2011
The Evolution of Augmentative Communication and the Importance of Alternate Access
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, April 2011, Vol. 20, 34-37. doi:10.1044/aac20.1.34
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, April 2011, Vol. 20, 34-37. doi:10.1044/aac20.1.34
Abstract

Over the past 20 years, there have been many advances in the computer industry as well as in augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) devices. Computers are becoming more compact and have multiple purposes, such as the iPhone, which is a cell phone, mp3 player, and an Internet browser. AAC devices also have evolved to become multi-purpose devices; the most sophisticated devices have functionality similar to the iPhone and iPod. Recently, the idea of having the iPhone and iPad as a communication device was initiated with the development of language applications specifically for this format. It might be true that this idea could become the future of AAC devices; however, there are major access issues to overcome before the idea is a reality. This article will chronicle advancements in AAC devices, specifically on access methods, throughout the years, towards the transition to handheld devices. The newest technologies hold much promise with both features and affordability factors being highly attractive. Yet, these technologies must be made to incorporate alternate access if they are to meet their fullest potential as AAC tools.

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