An AAC personnel framework: adults with acquired complex communication needs

Augment Altern Commun. 2008;24(3):255-67. doi: 10.1080/07434610802388477.


A personnel framework designed to support people who rely on augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) because of acquired medical conditions and those who assist them is described. The roles of AAC finders, general practice clinicians, AAC intervention specialists, AAC facilitators, and AAC experts are summarized. These roles are described in detail for people with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, brainstem impairment, and severe chronic aphasia. The personnel preparation needs for each of these support personnel groups are identified.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Brain Diseases / rehabilitation
  • Brain Diseases / therapy
  • Communication Aids for Disabled*
  • Communication Disorders / rehabilitation
  • Communication Disorders / therapy*
  • Communication*
  • Humans