Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) is described by ISAAC (International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication) as a set of tools and strategies that an individual uses to solve everyday communicative challenges.
It includes the use of includes text, gestures, facial expressions, touch, eye contact, sign language, symbols, pictures, speech generating devices, iPads and others. It is predominantly used by people with Complex Communication Needs (CCN) where “the use of speech is limited in a range of settings”. For more information on AAC, visit ISAAC (International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication)
Two Way Street specialise in supporting children and adults who have limited speech and use or could use augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). We are passionate about the importance of communication for everyone and giving people with little or no speech an opportunity to share their thoughts, dreams, comments, humour and personalities. We are particularly focused on developing communication beyond just requesting activities and hearing what children and adults with disabilities have to say, not just what we think they want to say.
AAC systems need to meet the needs of individuals in all aspects of their life with the range of people within their close social circle as well as the broader community. They typically include a range of modalities (e.g. Communication board, communication books e.g. PODD or core word boards, speech generating devices, iPad/iPod, signs, gestures) and each one can be used in different situations, with different people and at different times. The aim of an AAC system is to support a person’s participation in all aspects of their life and to ensure that they have a range of options to choose from.