Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Publication Date

Fall 12-10-2018


AAC, mainstream tablets, dedicated devices, dilemmas, considerations, assessment


In the last several years, the field of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) has seen significant technological advances that are both innovative and exciting. One of the main advances in technology comes in AAC applications on mainstream tablet devices like iPads. Tablet devices with AAC applications are being explored as an alternative to dedicated speech generating devices due to cost and convenience. But, before choosing between a mainstream tablet AAC device and a dedicated AAC device, there are several foundational elements of AAC to be understood. All of the AAC basics and considerations should be part of the assessment process that determines the most appropriate device for an individual in need of an AAC device because not all devices work for everyone. Language representation method, vocabulary organization, and hardware differences are some of the main foundational elements of AAC that should be considered in the assessment process. Once the basics are established, considerations such as cost, insurance coverage, available accessories, and social factors must be explored before choosing between the devices. Overall, it is important to consider all aspects of AAC when choosing an appropriate device for an individual.