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Twitter was launched in 2006 but really began to gain popularity around 2012. Here’s a cool infographic timeline for Twitter, “From Egg to IPO.” Early Twitter adopters saw exciting potential in this new way of communicating in 140 characters or less. Doubters saw it as part of a growing threat to internet privacy posed by […]


ISAAC joins with the rest of the world in recognizing the tremendous lifetime achievements and the passing of world-renowned theoretical physicist Professor Stephen Hawking on March 14, 2018. Recipient of the ISAAC 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award, Professor Hawking made a significant contribution to our understanding of both the universe and the indelible human spirit. His intellect, […]


This year’s ISAAC Conference is number 18 in our organization’s 35-year history. Many cities around the world have hosted this biennial conference: From the first, held in Cambridge (US), to Stockholm, Dublin, Montreal, Barcelona, Toronto, and many more. (click here to see a full list of ISAAC host cities.) We have been spreading the word […]


Blissymbolics is an ideographic symbol system created by utopian visionary Charles K. Bliss (1897-1985). Shirley McNaughton, one of ISAAC’s founders, first began using Blissymbols as an AAC method in 1971 at Canada’s leading centre for children with disabilities, now known as Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital. Even those who have known about Blissymbolics for many […]


Billy Megargel is a non-verbal young man with autism. He is also an accomplished artist, a budding musician, and a self-fulfilled adult. Learning to Kiss is Billy’s remarkable story, beautifully written by his mother, Eve. According to Eve, “When Billy was diagnosed at age two, we were told by the experts – doctors, special education […]


Irisbond’s mission is “to socialize technology and open up new ways to interact with our devices by using our eyes,” according Eduardo Jauregui, the company’s co-founder and CEO, as quoted in the February 2016 issue of Forbes magazine. Irisbond’s eye-tracking application is combined with software that makes computer surfing easier. This enables people who have little […]


– From the video, “ISAAC Pre-conference Preview: AAC Practitioners in the 21st Century!” by Chris Bugaj Carole Zangari and Chris Bugaj will present an ISAAC 2016 Pre-conference Workshop in Toronto on August 6th, titled “AAC Practitioners in the 21st Century: Leveraging Our Efforts through Social Media and Digital Technologies.” Carole Zangari is the founder of […]


Guest post by Lateef H. McLeod, President, USSAAC In 2015, the inaugural year of our webinar series, the USSAAC membership committee organized five successful webinars that were much appreciated by our membership. All received rave reviews. These webinars, presented with the support of ISAAC and archived on this website, feature respected speakers and AAC experts providing […]


Celebration, it surrounds us Every nation, all around us… – from “Wavin’ Flag,” K’Naan, Official Anthem Version   The ISAAC flag was commissioned more than 20 years ago and has been presented to each conference chair or co-chairs over the years: a tangible symbol of the ISAAC conference legacy changing hands every two years. For ISAAC, it’s […]


The popular film “The Theory of Everything” has delighted critics and moviegoers alike. British actor Eddie Redmayne’s portrayal of Stephen Hawking has received rave reviews, and the approval of Professor Hawking himself. Recent accolades for the performance include a win at the Golden Globes and a Best Actor Oscar nomination for Redmayne. A by-product of […]