The AAC-RERC (Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center) is a US-based organisation that conducts research, development, training, and dissemination activities to improve options for individuals who rely on augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) technologies. They are often a good source of information and just recently published a downloadable white paper titled “Mobile Devices and Communication Apps“. It presents a measured view of how these apps are impacting on the available range of AAC options and services – and offers some valuable thought-provoking comments worth considering too. Worth reading if you are interested in AAC.
AAC-RERC White Paper: Mobile Devices and Communication Apps
About Barbara Landsberg
Barbara is an Occupational Therapist who joined the Spectronics team 14 years ago. Prior to that time, she spent 17 years in occupational therapy positions working with adults and children with a variety of physical disabilities and learning difficulties. She also held the position of Coordinator of the assistive technology service of the Independent Living Centre of Queensland for three years before moving to Spectronics. On completion of her Masters of Business Administration (MBA) in 2010, she assumed the role of Sales and Marketing Director at the company and, among other roles, oversees running of the exciting and innovative Inclusive Learning Technologies Conference hosted every two years by Spectronics.
Barbara has a strong interest in the opportunities for students with disabilities or learning difficulties made possible through technology. She is also a passionate advocate of the use of social media tools to promote the power of inclusive learning technologies to enable independent achievement for all – whatever form that achievement might take.