Alternative Communication/ Assistive Technology

Alternative and Augmentative Communication

Augmentative and alternative communication, also known as AAC, is a term used to describe various methods of communication that can help people who are unable to use verbal speech to communicate.  Our associates use formal and informal testing measures to help determine  appropriate communications approaches and systems, including low, mid or high tech.  JWA’s speech/language pathologists work to match client’s strengths to a communication solution that best meets his/her needs.  Once a communication solution(s) is determined, we will work with you to obtain devices, trial solutions and assist in securing funding if possible.  Our associates also work with the school-based team or adult programs to help with training and carry-over.

Assistive Technology

Assistive technology (AT) is any tool that helps individuals with disabilities do things more quickly, easily or independently.  It can be elaborate and expensive, or simple and low-cost.  Assistive technology includes products and services to assist with speaking, writing, typing, hearing, seeing and learning.  Our associates will evaluate the individual’s strengths in order to determine which types of assistive technology will be of benefit.  Services include consultations, equipment maintenance, technical assistance and training.