Diversity in AAC Apps

April 28th, 2021 


Presenters: Jill D’Braunstein, M.A., CCC-SLP,  Alma Partida, M.A., CCC-SLP, Christina Royster, EdD, CCC-SLP, Yoosun Chung, PhD

Moderator:  Stephanie Meehan

Currently, culturally diverse AAC users are unable to create a personal likeness representing their identity. Personalized programming may consist of adding pronunciations, additional vocabulary, dialectal differences, custom symbols, code-switching capabilities, and more. Our presentation will cover what is currently available in 3 of the top AAC apps, workaround strategies, and needs for further development. 

Seminar Objectives:  Participants will learn: 1. How does the availability of diverse features relate to and impact AAC users? 2. Child development in personal awareness 3. Feature Matching 4. Current diversity and workarounds within AAC apps 5. Future developments on the horizon

Presenter Disclosures

Financial: Jill is the owner of JDB Speech Language Services. Christina is the owner of Play on Words Therapy, LLC and employed by Montgomery County Public Schools. Alma is employed by Santa Cruz City Schools

Non-Financial: None.