International AAC Awareness Month

Celebrate International AAC Awareness Month – October 2017

ISAAC chose “Access All Areas” as one of this year’s themes for International AAC Awareness Month, to focus on the next ISAAC Conference, to be held July 21-26, 2018. ISAAC members are encouraged to expand the concept of accessibility to include communication access in their own communities, regions, and countries. Please share your plans for October and we will post a summary below. We look forward to receiving your photos and reports after the events have taken place as well!

  • From ISAAC-Canada

October 12th has been designated as 2017 AAC Awareness Day in Canada. For more information, contact ISAAC-Canada.

  • From ISAAC-NF

ISAAC-NF hosted 170 attendees, 20 presenters and 11 information market stands at their October 3rd conference. The gathering was an exciting kick-off for International AAC Awareness Month in Netherlands-Flanders!

  • From ISAAC-Taiwan

The Department of Speech Language Pathology and Audiology in Chung Shan Medical University and ISAAC-TAIWAN hosted an AAC conference in Taichung, Taiwan on October 22nd. Professor Gregor Renner, ISAAC President, shared a topic “ISAAC as a Platform for International Collaboration: Networking with ISAAC Part of the Family.” Over 100 undergraduate and graduate students (future SLPs) attended this conference. October 22, 2017, was also the 4th birthday of ISAAC-TAIWAN. Happy Birthday!!

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Gregor Renner, ISAAC President, with Dr. Meng-Ju Tsai of ISAAC-Taiwan



ISAAC-Taiwan AAC Conference participants, October 22, 2017 at Chung Shan Medical University



USSAAC Webinar Series:  On October 23rd at 7:00 p.m. ET, Yoosun Chung, PhD, will moderate a discussion called “Model the Way: Celebrating AAC Awareness Month.” Presenters are India Ochs, JD and Jack Ochs. Click here for a recording of the webinar.

More from USSAAC on their SpeakUp Editor’s Blog, including some new Awareness Month catch phrases with downloadable images.

  •  From South Africa

A great video for AAC Awareness Month produced by 3rd year Visual Art Students at the University of Pretoria, Ingrid Millwood and Anike Stander. Posted on Facebook by the Centre for Augmentative and Alternative Communication.

  • From Spain 

An International AAC Awareness Month event,  “Comunicación Aumentativa y Alternativa (CAA)/Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)” took place in Barcelona, Spain, on October 26th. The aim of this event, held in cooperation with ISAAC, was to raise awareness of AAC and to inform the public about the many different ways in which people communicate using communication devices. During the session an Irisbond project was launched, which aims to evaluate how innovative AAC eye-gaze technology can effectively control mobile devices.

For more information, click here and here.

Barcelona Event Banner


  • From the USA

The 9th Annual 24-Hour AAC Chat was held on October 27th. Facebook Messages were used for the chat again this year, under the name “24-Hour AAC Chat 2017”.  Congratulations to Judy Bailey, organizer of this annual event.

To celebrate AAC Awareness Month 2017, graduate students in the Communication Sciences and Disorders program designed posters in an effort to create awareness about AAC on campus. They went the extra mile and invited students from across campus to take a look at these posters and answered their queries. See below for a few of the posters. Submitted by the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, St Cloud State University, Minnesota, USA.