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Billy Megargel is a non-verbal young man with autism. He is also an accomplished artist, a budding musician, and a self-fulfilled adult. Learning to Kiss is Billy’s remarkable story, beautifully written by his mother, Eve. According to Eve, “When Billy was diagnosed at age two, we were told by the experts – doctors, special education […]


Irisbond’s mission is “to socialize technology and open up new ways to interact with our devices by using our eyes,” according Eduardo Jauregui, the company’s co-founder and CEO, as quoted in the February 2016 issue of Forbes magazine. Irisbond’s eye-tracking application is combined with software that makes computer surfing easier. This enables people who have little […]


– From the video, “ISAAC Pre-conference Preview: AAC Practitioners in the 21st Century!” by Chris Bugaj Carole Zangari and Chris Bugaj will present an ISAAC 2016 Pre-conference Workshop in Toronto on August 6th, titled “AAC Practitioners in the 21st Century: Leveraging Our Efforts through Social Media and Digital Technologies.” Carole Zangari is the founder of […]


Guest post by Lateef H. McLeod, President, USSAAC In 2015, the inaugural year of our webinar series, the USSAAC membership committee organized five successful webinars that were much appreciated by our membership. All received rave reviews. These webinars, presented with the support of ISAAC and archived on this website, feature respected speakers and AAC experts providing […]


Celebration, it surrounds us Every nation, all around us… – from “Wavin’ Flag,” K’Naan, Official Anthem Version   The ISAAC flag was commissioned more than 20 years ago and has been presented to each conference chair or co-chairs over the years: a tangible symbol of the ISAAC conference legacy changing hands every two years. For ISAAC, it’s […]


The popular film “The Theory of Everything” has delighted critics and moviegoers alike. British actor Eddie Redmayne’s portrayal of Stephen Hawking has received rave reviews, and the approval of Professor Hawking himself. Recent accolades for the performance include a win at the Golden Globes and a Best Actor Oscar nomination for Redmayne. A by-product of […]


Guest post by Jane Farrall, Consultant   Sam is a teenager. He has lots of teenage attitude and a great sense of humour. He also has Down syndrome and, like many other teens, he loves being cool. In 2011 when I first met Sam at Willans Hill School he was an emergent reader and writer. […]


Guest post by Lisa Lehmann, Consultant   Wow! I just set a countdown for the Pre-conference Workshop I am presenting at ISAAC 2014 in Lisbon. At the time of writing, it’s exactly 3 months and 1 day until we discuss “AAC and Intimacy.” If you are considering attending this half-day workshop, I want to share a […]


Guest post by Sally Clendon, PhD This is my third year of facilitating whole-school professional development projects in New Zealand schools. The focus of these projects has been on implementing a comprehensive approach to literacy for all students. It has been a very exciting and challenging journey that has stretched us daily in terms of […]


Guest Post by Diane Nelson Bryen and Juan Bornman “The World Health Organization estimates that 10% of the world’s population, which means approximately 450 million adults and 200 million children, experience some form of disability. Individuals with disability are three to four times more likely to experience violence against them than their nondisabled peers. Individuals […]

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