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Speech.exe has failed to load: when speech isn’t enough for true communication

October 30 @ 10:00 am11:00 am EDT


1. Define the terms intermittent, unreliable, insufficient, and expensive speech and distinguish between them

2. Describe examples of how intermittent, unreliable, insufficient, and expensive speech can affect communication

3. Describe the benefits of AAC supports for people who experience any of these types of speech

4. Apply the communication bill of rights to justify AAC access for people with intermittent, unreliable, insufficient, or expensive speech.


October 30
10:00 am – 11:00 am EDT
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Clinical and academic recognition of autistic adults who use both AAC and speech has increased recently. This increase, along with the language used to describe the speech experiences behind this AAC use, are largely Autistic community sourced and driven.

As practical familiarity with these terms is associated with being more likely to offer and support AAC for autistic people with these needs and experiences, this presentation will define, compare, and contrast the terms intermittent, unreliable, and insufficient speech. It will then discuss how these experiences can affect communication and how AAC can support people with these needs. As device funding is a concern, this presentation will also discuss how funding for part-time AAC users has and can be achieved.