Key principles underlying research and practice in AAC

Augment Altern Commun. 2007 Sep;23(3):191-203. doi: 10.1080/07434610701553684.


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.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Communication Aids for Disabled / standards*
  • Communication*
  • Consumer Behavior*
  • Disabled Persons / psychology*
  • Disabled Persons / rehabilitation
  • Guidelines as Topic*
  • Humans