Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Augmentative and Alternative Communication (The RERC on AAC)

Project: Research project

Project Details


The RERC on Augmentative and Alternative Communication (RERC on AAC) will conduct scientifically-sound research, development, training, and dissemination to advance AAC technologies and interventions for the more than five million Americans with complex communication needs (CCN) who cannot use speech and/or writing to communicate, including children and adults with developmental, acquired, and degenerative disabilities. Without access to effective communication, these individuals are severely restricted in all aspects of life. Our goal is to enhance communication and increase participation in education, employment, healthcare, and community living, so individuals with CCN can achieve their full potential. Key objectives are to: (1) advance scientific knowledge; (2) develop and test new AAC technologies & interventions; (3) transfer these technologies to the marketplace; (4) build capacity in R&D; (5) provide technical assistance and improve evidence-based AAC practice; and (6) improve awareness of consumer needs and technology opportunities. Anticipated outcomes include: (1) stakeholders will demonstrate increased knowledge and adoption of evidence-based AAC technologies and interventions; (2) they will have access to new and more effective research-based AAC technologies; (3) manufacturers will produce a greater number of products that meet the needs of individuals with CCN; (4) increased numbers of engineers and rehab scientists will have expertise in AAC R&D; and (5) service providers will demonstrate increased awareness and adoption of evidence-based practices. Key products include: 13 new evidence-based AAC technologies and intervention protocols to enhance community participation and employment, increase literacy skills, improve alternative access, and facilitate partner training; an online AAC training center; intensive graduate training in AAC R&D; and broad-based dissemination of publications, presentations, and social m edia outreach materials.

Effective start/end date1/1/20 → …


  • National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research: $2,772,313.00


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