9 Apr 2007

Key principles underlying research and practice in AAC

Six principles of AAC research and practice are offered for consideration and discussion within the AAC community.

  • Principle 1 requires the active participation of individuals with complex communication needs (CCN) in all AAC activities.

  • Principle 2 seeks to ensure that theoretical constructs underlying research and development in AAC are grounded, widely accepted, and clearly defined.

  • Principle 3 underscores the need to use ergonomics in the design and development of AAC technologies and instructional strategies.

  • Principle 4 highlights communication partners and the unique roles they play in AAC.

  • Principle 5 accentuates the need to focus on societal roles, relationships, and opportunities made possible by AAC technologies and services.

  • Finally, principle 6 draws attention to the importance of measuring a broad range of AAC outcomes, especially those most significant to primary AAC stakeholders.

Journal of Augmentative & Alternative Communication