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Augmentative Communication & Assistive Technology Links
Great sources for general information about using visuals, AAC and AT.

AAC & AT Links from Linda Burkhart
AAC Institute - AAC Self-Study Program
AAC Institute - Parents' Corner Archives
AAC Institute Website
AAC Scotland
Abilityhub for disability and disabilities
Abledata - Source for Assistive Technology Information
Abledata AT Funding Resource Center
Alliance for Technology Access - Assistive Technology Advocates
Assistive Technology Training Online
Assistivetech.net - Search for Assistive Technology Products
ATIA - Assistive Technology Industry Association
Augmentative and Alternative Communication Centers
Axistive.com - Assistive Technology News Website
Blissymbolics Resources
Center for Assistive Technology and Environmental Access, Georgia Tech
Center for Excellence in Augmented Communication
Children's Disability Information - Speech and Communication
Cindy's Autistic Support pages
Closing The Gap
ConnSENSE Bulletin Assistive Technology
CSUN -CSU Northridge Center on Disabilities
Early Communication and Augmentative and Alternative Communication
Easter Seals - Speech and Hearing Therapy services
Easter Seals - What is Augmentative Alternative Communication
Family Guide to Assistive Technology
FCTD - Family Center on Technology and Disability
Illinois Autism Project - Visual Supports Fact Sheet
ISAAC - International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication
Linda Burkhart's Links to assistive technology and augmentative communication
Mayer-Johnson - About Symbols
NEAT The New England Assistive Technology Marketplace
Net Connections for Communication Disorders and Sciences
Princeton Autism Technology
RESNA - Rehab Engineering & Assistive Tech Society of North America
Simplified Technology Linda Burkhart
Speechville Express - For caregivers of children with language disorders
Tango - Overview of AAC
The Assistive Technology Exchange in New England
The CALL Centre
Trainland links for autism,pdd,developmental delay,nonverbal, communication disorders links
University of Nebraska - General info and great Vendor Links
Voice Output Aids - UK
Yaack Augmentative Communication Resource Guide for Young Kids

AAC Advocacy & Awareness
Organizations that provide support and advocacy progams for non-verbal individuals.

1 Voice - Communicating Together
AAC Institute
Autism Superstore - Autism Jewelry, Awareness Products, Developmental Toddler Toys
Communication Matters - UK
Easter Seals US
Give Children A Voice
I CAN - I Can Help Children Communicate
INAAC - Illinois Network for Augmentative and Alternative Communication
ISAAC - International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication
SCOPE-UK Home Page
Talking Point
The CALL Centre - Scotland UK
USAAAC -United States Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication
Voice for Living

AAC Support Groups
Support groups for individuals who use augmentative communication.

AAC Institute - Parents' Corner
ACTS - Mission
Askability.org.uk - The Children's Society - news for children who use symbols
Authentic Voices of America
Find a Voice-UK
List of Parent Support Groups for Children with Speech or Communication Disorders
MSN Adaptive and Assistive Technology Group
Speaking Differently
Virtual Voices Village - for students in Canada

AAC/Communication Blogs
Hear first hand experiences from families, teachers and therapists working with children who use AAC and communication aids.

AAC Family blog - from a mother and son team
Autistic Aug Comm Users - Ballastexistenz
Easter Seals and Autism Blog
Life in the Slow Lane - from a parent of a nonverbal child
My Point of View - Jeanette Vanhouten, SLP
Teaching Learners with Multiple Special Needs - great links for visual learners
The Assistive Technology Blog - Let's Talk About Augmentative Communication

AAC/Pecs/Communication Camps
A current listing of summer programs designed for children who use AAC and pecs to communicate, and have fun while doing it!

@Virtual Voices Summer Programs - Special Education Technology, British Columbia
AAC Camp at Shady Oaks Summer Camp - by ACTSIL, Illinois
Advancing Adventures in Communicating Camp - ISU Main Campus ISU Boise Idaho State University
Authentic Voices of America Camp - Wisconsin
Building Bridges Camp - The Bridge School, California
Camp Casey - Kiwanis, Washington
Camp Chatterbox - by Children's Specialized Hospital, New Jersey
Camp Communicate - PineTree Society, Maine
Camp Courage - programs for teens and adults, Minnesota
Camp Jabber Jaw - Mississippi
Camp McYack - Jackson County Intermediate School District, Michigan
Camp Talk - Summer Camp in San Diego, California
Camp Talkabout- Rhode Island Developmental Disability Council
Chit-Chat ACAT Summer Camp - Franciscan Hospital for Children, Massachusetts
PECS Intensive Summer Camp - Pyramid Educational Consultants, California
Talk About Fun Camp - AAC Resources, Ohio
Talkabout AAC Camp - Alaska, Rhode Island
Talking With Technology Camp - The Children's Hospital, Colorado

AAC Devices

There are many high tech, voice output (VOCA) devices available to meet a child’s need and abilities. Please see the links below for up-to-date listings of manufacturers and their products.

AAC Vendor Information
ATIA Assistive Technology Industry Association Member Listing
Augmentative Communication, Inc. Vendor Listing
The Autism Life- Vendor and Information Links
USSAAC - See list of technology vendors
RJ Cooper & Associates

AAC & Visual Educational Products
Loads of products and materials are available to help children learn using materials adapted with picture symbols and stimulating visuals.

AAC Intervention
ABA Resources
Ashley's Mom, Inc. - Exploring and designing technology solutions for today’s educational needs
Buildingblox.net - Autism Teaching Tools
Center for Autism and Related Disabilities at UF
Communication Needs Alternate & Augmentative Communication Creating Visual Environments
Council for Exceptional Children
Different Roads to Learning - Autism Education Tools, Autism Teaching Resources
do2learn Educational Resources for Special Needs
Don Johnston Incorporated
Enchanted Learning Software - Picture Dictionaries
Jefferson Parish AAC Pages
Jefferson Parish Public School Speech & Language & AAC Tools
Lakeshore Learning
Learning Magic, Inc. index
Learning Grids - by Crick Software
Lessons 4 All - Teaching Tips and Resources
Mayer-Johnson LLC
Natural Learning Concepts -Teaching a Child Autism
Orange County Assistive Technology Team
Pocket Full of Therapy (PFOT) Catalog
Polyxo.com Teaching Children with Autism
PowerPoint in the Classroom
Prentke Romich Company - Teaching Ideas
Printable Boardmaker Templates and Writing with Symbols Activities for Students
Priory Woods School - A Special Place to Learn
Pyramid Educational Consultants-PECS
Rocky Mountain Learning Systems - Programs to Strengthen Learning Abilities.
Sandbox Learning
SchoolExpress.com - free lesson plans, free worksheets, free software, online math, educational store, homeschool
SEN Teacher - Free teaching resources for Special Needs
SET-BC - curriculumSET
Special Education Technology - British Columbia - Assistive Technology for K-12 Students
Super Duper Publications - many symbol-supported products
Symbols Inclusion Project - Resources for supporting inclusion
Teacher Created Resources - Montgomery Schools
Tinsnips - Special education resource for autism
Watch Me Learn - Social Skills Training
Widgit Software

AAC/Communication Online Groups & Newsletters
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AAC Parents Google Groups
Boardmaker - Yahoo Group
CHERAB Foundation -Yahoo Health Groups Listserv
DynaVox Dialog
iVillage Speech Delays and Disorders board
Making PECS Cards- Yahoo Health Group
MSN Groups - Autism Groups
PACT - Promoting Augmentative Communication Together - Yahoo Health Group
Prentke Romich Company AAC Newsletter
Speak Share - An AAC Online Community sponsored by Prentke Romich Co.
Speechville Express Communication Station
Teaching Children with Autism @ polyxo.com
Technology in Education for all Learners - Yahoo Group
Use Visual Strategies Email Newsletter from Linda Hodgdon

Visual Communication Products
Wow – check out these sources for materials designed to promote communication and independence for children who use visuals and symbols. Many are developed and used by parents!

Adapted Stamp Kits - Dale Gardner-Fox
Angel Speaks Communication Products
Augmentative Resources
Autism Inspiration - Visuals
Autism Shopper - Visual Aids, Social Stories & PECS
Baby BumbleBee DVDs & Products
Choiceworksl™ - Visual support system
Bry-Backmanor Picture Recipes
Buddy Speak LLC - low tech device, communication boards
Creative Communicating
Creative Learning 4 Kidz, LLC
Crestwood Communication Aids Inc.
Different Roads to Learning - Autism Education Tools, Autism Teaching Resources
Different Roads to Learning
do2learn Educational Resources for Special Needs
Early Learning Site
Eye Box Tools, Inc.
IconTalk - A Resource for Autism Spectrum Disorders, Asperger's Syndrome, Severe Communication Difficulties
Just Bee Learning Autism Speech Therapy Products
LucasWorks - Autism Products
Mayer -Johnson, LLC
Natural Learning Concepts -Teach Child Autism
news-2-you® - online newspaper with symbol supports
Parent Coaching Cards
PecsPlace.com - online games using pecs
Picture Recipes @ www.bry-backmanor.org
Picture The Possibilities - Custom visual aids
PictureSET Supports
PIX IT - Photo Flashcards
PocketMod -The Free Recyclable Personal Organizer
Portacom System - visual supports and pecs books
Precision Songs
Puddingstone Place - interactive virtual environment from the Autism Language Program at Children's Hospital Boston
Pyramid Educational Products - PECS Products
Qcharm Portable Visual Cuing System
RJ Cooper - special software, hardware
Silver Lining Multimedia
Slater Software, Inc. - Picture It and PixWriter
Special Supplies - Aarons Angel Fund
Super Duper Publications - search for picture symbols products
Talk Blocks by innovative Interactions, LLC
Talking Mats
TalkingWords Inc. - Tools to Help You Teach Children With Autism Language
The Autism Shop
Use Visual Strategies from Linda Hodgdon - books, videos, workshops
Vidatak, LLC - For managing medical,healthcare communication
Workshop Solutions- custom assistive tech solutions

Communication Products Catalogs
These companies offer a wide variety of communication and speech aids, as well as other therapeutic products.

Abilitations Catalog
Ablenet Inc.
Adaptivation - The World At A Touch
Attainment Company
Empowering Resources, Inc. Home Page
Enablemart - Assistive Technology
Enabling Devices
Inman Innovations - Augmentative and Alternative Communication
The Adaptive Child
Therapro, Inc.
Turning Point Assistive Technology
Woodlake Technologies - Assistive Technology Solutions

Communication-related Software
Software specific to teaching and developing communication for non-verbal, visual learners.

Boardmaker by Mayer-Johnson
Clicker 5- Crick Software
Gus Communications - Speech software, Speech devices,AAC, speech disorders
Inspiration Software, Inc.- Visual Thinking and Learning software
Inspiration Software, Inc.
Laureate Learning Systems - special needs software
Marblesoft Simtech
Pogoboards.com by Talk2Me Technoologies
Sensory Software
Silver Lining Multimedia
Slater Software, Inc. - Picture It and PixWriter
Speech software, ALS, stroke, aphasia, AAC, speech disorders
Widgit Software

Adapted Reading Materials
See this list for resources about creating adapted reading materials for students. Many organizations and schools also provide free downloadable stories.

A-Z of Adapting Books for Students with Disabilities
AAC Intervention.com - Creating Literature Based Board books
Adapting Books from www.aacinstitute.org-Resources-ParentsCorner-
Askability.org.uk - The Children's Society - news for children who read with symbols
Awakening Technology Products - Simple books for emergent readers
Baltimore City Public Schools Adapted Library
Bookshare.org - Bookshare.org
Childrens Stories from Wigit
Creating Talking Books in PowerPoint
eLive - Monthly magazine for symbol readers
eLive Index
GCA-RWMS Adapted Books
HelpKidzLearn Stories
InterActive AAC Adapted Books
Interactive Stories from Beth Breakstone
Jefferson Parish Public Schools - Popular Story Symbols
Marblesoft Simtech - Early literacy animated stories
Munceys Ebooks
NYCDOE Adapted Books
Popular Story Symbols
Sandbox Learning - Success Stories customized books
Sandbox Learning Customized Books
SET-BT - Accessible Books
Slater Software - Interactive Books Using Picture Symbols
Strategies & Tools for Adapting Books
SymbolWorld - Stories
Tumblebooks - eBooks for eKids!
Welcome to Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic
Wheelock College - Assistive Technology Adapted Books List

Bookstores & Publishers
A list of publishers and stores who specialize in books, journals and newsletters about communication disorders and developmental disabilities. View many of these books at the Say it with Symbols Book Shop on Amazon.com.

Academic Communication Associates - Speech and Language Products - Materials for Special Education
Augmentative Communication, Inc. ,Augmentative Communication News
Autism Aspergers Publishing - AAPC
Brookes Publishing Company
Can-Am Publishers Booklist
DRL Books - specializing in educational products for challenged children
EP Global Communications
Future Horizons Publishing - Autism - Asperger's Syndrome - PDD Publications and conferences from Future Horizons
Jason and Nordic Publishing
Mayer Johnson
Merry Pace Press - books on inclusion for children with speech challenges
PRO-ED Publishing
QuirkRoberts Publishing
SKF Books - Autism language manuals
Special Needs Project - America's Disability Bookstore
Think Social Publishing, Inc.

Ebay Stores

Ebay is a great source for reasonably priced materials made by parents, teachers and therapists. Please support only vendors using licensed symbols and images to protect the owner’s copyright. Caveat emptor!

Activities 4 Autism
Autism Creative Learning
Berine's Things
Cove Creek Unlimited
Hands On Learning Toys
I Can Talk Pecs
Montessori Print Shop

Free Stuff
FREE educational and fun materials using symbols and visuals

AAC Therapy Materials from Gail Van Tatenhove
Call Centre Resources
Children With Special Needs- PECS Downloads
do2learn Educational Resources for Special Needs
Games for All for BoardMaker for PC Version 5
Gus Inc - Big Cursor
Jefferson Public School - Augmentative Alternative Communication boards
SET-BC -PictureSET, membership required
SIP - Resources and Practice boards and materials
Slater Software - Free samples
Speakingofspeech.com Materials Exchange - Improving Communication Skills in Schools
TalkingWords Inc. - Tools to Help You Teach Children With Autism Language

Other Special Needs Links
Our selection of links to other services and sites related to helping children with special needs and their parents.

Ableplay.org - play products for children with special needs
BellaOnline Special Needs Children Help and Information
Bendanas -"Absorb Drool with Style"
Children With Special Needs
Children's Disability Information
Disability Solutions.org - Creating Solutions
Family Village - Waisman Center - University of Wisconsin Madison
Family-Friendly-Fun Special need topics
Federation for Children with Special Needs
First Signs
From Emotions To Advocacy - Special Education Survival Guide by Pam and Pete Wright - Fetaweb.com
iAbida - Individual Communication Management
Ideal Lives Advocacy & Inclusion Center
Internet Resources for Special Children (IRSC) - Worldwide resource for disabilities & other health-related disorders
LucasWorks - Autism Products
National Lekotek Center Helping children with special needs through toys and play.
New England Index -DisabilityExchange
Organized4Kids.com - My IEP ToolKit, the complete organizer for your child's IEP plan
Our Special Kids A Virtual Community for Parents of Special Needs Parents. Because Parents Have Needs Too.
Our-Kids Website
Picture story books about adoption and families for kids, parents and teachers. -- As Simple As That™
Plotkin Designs - Unique Onesie and Toddler T-Shirts
Pride and Joy Life Coaching For Parents of Children with Special Needs
SERI - Special Education Resources on the Internet
Special Child For Parents of Children with Disabilities
Special Needs Mama
Special Needs Store
Theragifts-Sensory Diet Products and Toys
Wrightslaw Yellow Pages For Kids with Disabilities

Speech & Language Links
Useful sites for and by speech and language pathologists.

AAC Intervention
AIMEE Solutions
ASHA - American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
ASL American Sign Language
At Home with Gail M. Van Tatenhove
Caroline Bowen, Speech-Language Pathologist
Communicating Partners - James MacDonald MD
DysphagiaPlus - Products for speech therapy, dysphagia, autism, stuttering, ASHA, aphasia Dysphagia Plus
Jefferson Parish Public School- Speech-Hearing-Language Resources
LinguiSystems, Inc.
Make-A-Schedule Online - do 2 Learn Educational Resources for Special Needs
NIDCD - National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders
RM Learning Systems -Programs for Speech Development
Simplified Signs Lexicon
SpeakingofSpeech.com - Improving Communication Skills in Schools
Speech Therapy Resources
Speechville Express - For caregivers of children with language disorders
Super Duper Publications
Therapy materials
Use Visual Strategies - for improving communication, solving behavior problems in Autism, Asperger's, PDD and Fragile X.
Web Links assistive technology and augmentative communication, Linda Burkhart

Speech Disorder Links
Sites that provide more indepth information about specific speech and communication disorders.

Apraxia-KIDS (a program of The Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association)
ASHA -American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
Cherab - Working on behalf of children's speech and language delays and disorders
Kaufman Children's Center for Speech, Language, Sensory-Motor and Social Connections
Net Connections for Communication Disorders and Sciences

Symbol & Photo Sources
Lots of sources for symbols and photos. Some are provided with software to create boards, schedules, others provide pre-made photo flashcard sets.

Blissymbolics Communication International
Children With Special Needs- pecs downloads
do2learn - Make-a-Schedule
do2learn Make-A-Schedule Online
DynaSyms - Poppin and Company
Early Learning Images - elliecards augmentative communication system
Enchanted Learning Software - Picture Dictionaries
Eye Box Tools, Inc - Eye Pics
face-cards Emotion Expression Flash Cards & CD-ROMs
Google Image Search
Grocery Pecs - Autism, Picture Exchange Communication Symbols (PECS)
Internet Picture Dictionary
Ispeek Visual Communication
Just Bee Learning Photo cards
KidAccess Eye-cons
Language Images -Picture Schedules and Communication Boards
Makaton Signs and Symbols - The Makaton Charity UK
Oakland Schools Picture Dictionary
Overboard Communication Board Designer by Gus Communications
Pics for Pecs 2008 - Pyramid Educational Consultants
Pics4Learning - Tech4Learning
Picture Communication Symbols, PCS - Mayer-Johnson
Picture Master Language Software and Board Designer
Softpics - Picture Literacy
Symbols.Net - Directory of Signs, Glyphs and Symbols
TeachingPix2 - 10,000 printable, photo flashcards in 5 categories
The Internet Picture Dictionary
Toy Pecs - Autism, Picture Exchange Communication Symbols (PECS)
Universal Icon Maker - Enabling Devices
Use Visual Strategies - pictures
Widgit Literacy Symbols - available from Mayer Johnson in USA
Widgit Software
WordZee - Prototype online picture sets and boards