Augmentative Communication Inc.

Augmentative Communication News (ACN) and Alternatively Speaking (AS) provide the latest information on hot topics in the field, discussion of vital issues for AAC stakeholders and news from the AAC community.

The just-published, Winter 2003, issue of Augmentative Communication News represents an effort to clarify the rationale for, and impact of, using a broad range of augmentative communication strategies to improve the communication outcomes of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). The 16-page newsletter, authored by AAC expert Sarah Blackstone with the help of Pat Mirenda, Emily Rubin and Howard Shane, is divided into five different sections:
Clinical News (reviews current information about ASD);

  • For Consumers (answers frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the use of AAC in the treatment of ASD);
  • Equipment (provides specific examples of using AAC approaches to support language expression, language comprehension and the regulation of emotional esponses and problem behaviors in individuals with ASD);
  • Case Examples (introduces two individuals and describes how AAC approaches have helped them to communicate more effectively); and
  • AAC-RERC News (describes a new National Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center award, and a new project that focuses on the use of computer technologies with children on the autism spectrum).
  • Included as an added bonus section is a two-page, full-color insert, prepared by Emily Rubin and exemplifying visual supports designed to be used by those with ASD to enhance early narrative skills, expressive language and comprehension.
People who do not currently subscribe to Augmentative Communication News may obtain copies of this special issue in the following ways:
(1) Ordering the November issue (Vol. 15, #4) for $20.00 (U.S.) by mail, phone, or fax (VISA, Mastercard, check, purchase order): Augmentative Communication, Inc, 1 Surf Way, #237, Monterey, CA 93940. By fax: 831-649-3050, phone 831-649-3050
(2) By e-mailing a request to subscribe to We will then mail you a complimentary copy of the "visual supports" insert, as well as information regarding a special new subscriber's promotion that will enable you to receive the November, 2003, issue free with your subscription to the next four issues of ACN (Vol. 16).