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AAC Awareness Month 2023!

AAC Awareness Month is celebrated every October to raise awareness about AAC and inform the public about the many different ways people communicate, including using speech-generating devices (SGDs).

From ISSAC (International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication), this year's theme is “Say what? Sharing your most memorable moments with AAC.” With AAC, communication can happen at any time - with AAC Awareness Month it's an opportunity to share your AAC stories with the world!

We posed the big question to AAC users and SLPs: What does AAC mean to YOU? Here are some of their responses.


From Amy Black-Ryel, M.A., CCC-SLP, a speech-language pathologist at Creating Communicators Rocky Mountain:

From Lydia Dawley, an entrepreneur and AAC consultant. She also uses AAC!

From Laurel Duever-Collins, M.S., CCC-SLP, a speech-language pathologist at Children's Therapy Center in Columbia, Missouri:

From Erin Hayes, M.S., CCC-SLP, speech therapy team lead at Kids Ability Indiana:

Want to hear more? Check out our social media platforms throughout October!

Want to share your Forbes AAC story?


Katie Threlkeld, M.S., CCC-SLP, ATP is a licensed, ASHA-certified speech-language pathologist, certified by RESNA as an Assistive Technology Professional, and the Educational Program Developer at Forbes AAC. She has over eight years of experience in AT and AAC assessment and treatment with both the pediatric and adult populations. Katie has presented at the state and national level on AAC topics and she has University teaching experience at the undergraduate and graduate level.

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