2022 Student Research Conference:
35th Annual Student Research Conference

College Student Perceptions of Augmentative and Alternative Communication

Victoria A. Strege*, Kelly J. Stiles, and Leah M. Caputo
Dr. Ilene Elmlinger, Faculty Mentor

Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) is a spoken and written communication tool.  Approximately 1.3% of Americans are unable to meet their daily communication needs through natural speech (Beukelman & Mirenda, 2013). This population has created a need for alternative methods of communication. Devices that can provide this solution include unaided devices (e.g., sign language, gestures) or aided devices (e.g., Proloquo2go, Dynavox). There has been extensive research on how children react and interact with individuals who rely on an AAC device; however, there is less information on the response of college-aged students when communicating with someone who uses an AAC device. This study investigates the perceptions of college-aged students regarding AAC systems and users in comparison to individuals using solely their natural voice.


Beukelman DR, Mirenda P. Augmentative and alternative communication: Supporting children and adults with complex communication needs. 4th ed. Baltimore, MD: Paul H. Brookes Publishing Co.; 2013.


Keywords: Augmentative and Alternative Communication, Communication Disorders, Proloquo2go

Topic(s):Communication Disorders

Presentation Type: Oral Presentation

Session: 304-2
Location: SUB GEO C
Time: 1:30

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