Links - Speech & Communication
AAC Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center
Functions as a collaborative research group dedicated to the development of effective AAC technology. Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) refers to ways (other than speech) that are used to send a message from one person to another.
Alberta College of Speech Language Pathologists and Audiologists
Aroga Assistive Technology
Live. Learn. See. Communicate. These words not only serve as a company motto, but also resonates with every one of our clients because they represent the difference our products make in people’s lives. For over 20 years, Aroga has strived to help our clients attain a measure of independence, and with our policy of lifetime technical support, price matching, and extended product warranties, we are Canada’s premiere Assistive Technology retailer.
British Columbia Association of Speech Language Pathologists and Audiologists
British Association of Play Therapists
Professional Association for play therapy in Britain. Play Therapy is a way of helping children express their feelings and deal with their emotional problems, using play as the main communication tool.
Closing the Gap
An organization that focuses on computer technology for people with special needs through its bi-monthly newspaper, annual international conference and extensive web site.
Communication Assistance for Youth and Adults (CAYA)
Adults aged 19 years and older who require an augmentative/alternative communication (AAC) system due to a severe communication disability, i.e. speech that is not functional for daily communication.
Communication Assistants (ACCPC)
Assists organizations in setting up a communication assistant service for people who use augmentative communication.
Communication Disorders Assistant Association of Canada
The Communicative Disorders Assistant Association of Canada (CDAAC) is an organization whose members consist of Communicative Disorders Assistants (CDA’s).
Do 2 Learn
Games, songs, communication cards, print resources, and information for special needs.
Magnetic daily visual schedules for ages 3 – 12. Located in Canada.
The Hanen Centre
Mission is to provide the important people in a young child’s life with the knowledge and training they need to help the child develop the best possible language, social and literacy skills.
We are a company dedicated to visual teaching strategies and support for persons with autism and other special learning challenges. Our primary goal is to promote independent functioning across developmental areas, including academic, vocational, communication, daily living, and play and leisure.
International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication – ISAAC, its 14 Chapters and members in over 50 countries around the world share a vision that. ISAAC will be recognized, valued and used throughout the world. ISAAC undertakes projects and creates information resources that will have an impact on people everywhere who are unable to speak.
Offers eHangouts, an innovative use of technology to bring teens together in safe, facilitated friendship circles to socialize and support each other. Using Google’s secure video conferencing technology, groups of 9 peers and a facilitator meet for 30 minute sessions to check in, play games, and hangout in a way that builds confidence, develops social skills, and scaffolds the development of real friendship.
Let’s Play Project
For many young children with disabilities, play is often limited. The Let’s Play! Projects look to provide families with ways to play through the use of assistive technology.
Linda’s newly designed website has some terrific offerings. She has a free newsletter called Visual Buzz, which is geared for anyone working with developmental disabilities. One part of the website is dedicated to printable visual strategy information. You can also e-mail your questions to Linda.
Makaton is an internationally recognised communication programme, used in more than 40 countries worldwide. Most Makaton users are children and adults who need it as their main means of communication. But everyone else who shares their lives will also use Makaton.
Manitoba Speech and Hearing Association
New Brunswick Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists
Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists
Ordre des orthophonistes et audiologistes du Québec
Pam Marshalla, SLP
Pam Marshalla has been a practicing speech and language pathologist for thirty years. She has worked with children of all ages and ability levels in schools, hospitals, private practices and university facilities. She has spoken at hundreds of conferences and seminars in the United States and Canada, and for fifteen years was president of her own continuing education company accredited by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).
Saskatchewan Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists
Say It with Symbols
A resource for families, caregivers and support professionals looking for easy-to-use, functional augmentative communication aids to help people who are non-verbal actively participate in daily living by communicating using pictures and symbols.
Speech and Hearing Association of Nova Scotia
Simplified Technology Linda J. Burkhart
Information on assistive technology and augmentative communication.