The Augmentative Communication and Writing Aids (ACWA) Program supports individuals with developmental disabilities of all ages, who have difficulty communicating.
The term Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) is used to refer to ways other than speech or writing that are used to communicate. AAC includes both face to face and written communication.
Face to Face Communication: People who cannot speak or have difficulty speaking may use facial expressions, pictures, symbols, sign language, objects, gestures, written words, drawing, communication boards, books and/or communication technology to help them get their message across.
Written Communication: People who have difficulty physically writing may benefit from computer adaptations (e.g., adapted mouse, word prediction software, alternate keyboards) to meet their writing needs (e.g., writing lists, letters, journaling, homework). These adaptations are intended as a replacement for using a pen and paper to write.
About Augmentative Communication Services at Surrey Place Centre
Clients are referred to the ACWA Program at Surrey Place Centre by a Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) and/or Occupational Therapist (OT) in the developmental age programs at Surrey Place Centre. Individuals refered to the Clinic have more complex communication needs or require access to more complex communication aids.
The Augmentative Communication and Writing Aids AAC Clinic will:
- Assess an individual’s communication needs and ability to benefit from AAC
- Assess an individual’s physical ability to access a communication aid
- Develop an augmentative and alternative (AAC) system together with the client and caregivers
- Train clients, families and caregivers how to use AAC systems and train communication partners to support communication systems
- Provide information on costs and options for purchasing or leasing of communication aids
- Provide information on funding resources for communication aids
We strive to act as a resource to Surrey Place Centre and community SLPs and OTs. We also provide education about AAC as needed to the greater Surrey Place Centre community.
Augmentative Communication and Writing Aids Team
The team consists of Speech Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists and a Communicative Disorders Assistant.
Please click here to view the Augmentative Communication and Writing Aids Program brochure