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Quick Facts

  • 400 - Minimum number of clock hours of supervised clinical experience required of master's degree students
  • ~2,000 - Number of children and adults served by clinical educators and students in 2015-16
  • ~700 - Number of preschool children screened for communication disorders in 2015-16
  • $35,000 - Donation made by Orlando Magic player Victor Oladipo to support the UCF Listening Center's mission
  • 10 - Number of counties served by FAAST's Atlantic Region Assistive Technology Demonstration Center

Mailing Address

Communication Disorders Clinic
College of Health and Public Affairs
University of Central Florida
3280 Progress Drive
Suites 500, 300
Orlando, FL 32826-2215

Phone: 407-882-0468
Fax: 407-882-0483

Florida Alliance for Assistive Services and Technology (FAAST)

Augmentative and Alternative Communication

Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) is a type of Assistive Technology (AT). AT includes low-tech and high-tech devices and products that are used to increase, maintain or improve the functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities. AAC includes all forms of communication (other than speech) that are used to:

  • Express needs and wants
  • Exchange information
  • Develop Social Closeness
  • Maintain Social Etiquette

People with significant speech or language problems rely on AAC to supplement speech or to replace existing speech that is not functional. AAC is most often used in combination with speech to maximize functional communication.

How can UCF help?

FAAST Logo ColorThe Florida Alliance for Assistive Services and Technology (FAAST) Atlantic Region Assistive Technology Demonstration Center located at the Communication Disorders Clinic offers services designed to assist those with communication needs. Clinical faculty members are distinguished service providers as well as dedicated teachers and researchers who prepare the next generation of speech-language pathologists.

What is the evaluation procedure?

Comprehensive evaluations are conducted to determine which communication needs are not being met. Clients, who have already received an AT assessment/evaluation at another location, should send the report with the UCF case history form to the Communication Disorders Clinic. This will provide information about whether additional evaluation procedures need to be completed.

In addition, clients need to send any relevant school or medical reports from previous AT assessments/evaluations.

What type of treatment is provided?

Treatment options to maximize the effective use of AT and AAC in the everyday lives of children and adults are offered. All services focus on matching individual communication skills, needs and priorities with appropriate technology.

Application Forms

AAC adult application form

AAC child application form

Resources

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association: Augmentative and Alternative Communication
www.asha.org/public/speech/disorders/AAC/

Florida Alliance for Assistive Services and Technology
www.faast.org

PrAACtical AAC - Supports for Language Learning
http://praacticalaac.org/

Learn More

Hear from clients and their families

Sophie
Sophie - From research to therapeutic intervention for children needing the use of augmentative devices.

 

Sophie
Sophie - "I want to bake a cake ... a chocolate cake."

 

Faculty interview

 Jennifer Kent-Walsh For Your Health
Associate Professor Jennifer Kent-Walsh discussed AAC on the "For Your Health" show, produced by UCFTV.
Part I
Part II



[The clinicians] really pay attention to the patient's needs.
— Spouse of "Jeff",  a stroke survivor
The clinic has helped him with reading comprehension and math problems. We've been very happy with the program.
— Mother of "Christopher",  a child diagnosed with a language delay at age four
As a caregiver, the [clinic's impact] has been tremendous.
— Spouse of "Romeo",  a stroke survivor
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