Augmentative and Alternative Communications and Aging

This webinar will focus on discussions of commercially available and specialized communication technology, as well as non-technology Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) tools, that can support an aging population. A brief review of current issues related to communication technologies, including pros and cons of commercially available mobile technologies will be offered. A discussion of Universal Design for communication supports will be provided. Finally, a review of considerations that should be made when determining if someone can benefit from AAC support and/or if an individual should have a formal evaluation to identify the best AAC solution will be offered.


Jennifer M. Seale, Ph. D., is an Assistant Professor who teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in the Communication Sciences and Disorders department of the University of Maine – Orono. Her academic, research and clinical interests are focused on augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) science and practice. Dr. Seale has expertise providing AAC services to diverse client populations (i.e., ALS, Cerebral Palsy, Locked-In Syndrome, Aphasia, TBI, RHD, Fragile X and Down Syndrome, Intellectual Disabilities Autism &, Early Intervention). Her research aims to inform AAC service delivery and product design using human computer interaction, interaction analysis and mixed-methodology techniques. In addition to these interests, Dr. Seale is devoted to advocacy and public education around important social and systemic issues unique to the AAC community.


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