2017 AAC camp

Wednesday – Saturday, July 26 – 29th, 2017

Crowne Plaza Pittsburgh South, Pittsburgh, PA


This year’s theme is “AACtion” and we have a fun and exciting program of activities planned to help our campers develop and practice their augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) skills while they make a short video with their partner. If you have a child or young adult between the ages of 5 and 21 who uses AAC to communicate, we encourage you to apply. We are limiting the number of campers this year due to the intense filming schedule, so Register now for your seat!

The ICAN™ Talk AAC Summer Camp 2017 opens on Wednesday, July 26th at 3:00 PM with sign-in and room check-in and is followed by a Poolside Welcome Reception. Thursday, and Friday, July 27th-28th are a two-day of Therapeutic Activities designed for campers to produce a short film/video with their team while enhancing receptive and expressive language abilities using the campers’ AAC systems in new, interactive ways. Special social events are planned for Friday evening too, including a parent networking opportunity and our ever-popular Friday night “red carpet” DJ dance party!  Come dressed for the Oscars.  

While campers are busy shooting their films, parents can attend a 2-hour Parent’s AAC Training Seminar with Katya Hill, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Executive Director of the AAC Institute, to learn about critically important skills and strategies they need to effectively support their child’s use of AAC.

If you want to discuss specific concerns or questions you may have about your child’s AAC use, individual 30-minute consultations with Dr. Katya Hill, Executive Director of the AAC Institute and Mike O’Leary, ICAN Talk Clinic’s Assistant Clinical Director during the camp are available (an additional fee is required).


To see the entire [Program: coming soon]


Volunteer Information

As a non-profit organization, we depend on the assistance of speech-language pathologists (SLPs) and graduate students in communication disorders and rehabilitation sciences to volunteer to host our campers. If you have an interest in volunteering, click here to find more information. If you have any questions, please contact us at volunteers@aacinstitute.org.


The camp fee of US $850 covers all program meals, activities, and materials for one (1) camper and one (1) parent or adult companion. Travel and accommodations costs are extra. Fill in the application form with the option to pay the $400.00 deposit fee by check (payable to AAC Institute) or money order, PayPal, or major credit card. 

*A special for teenagers and young adults this year, we reserve four spots for them, so they can enjoy the time with their peers like all teenagers do.

**For a detailed schedule of all camp fees, payment methods, camp policies and other relevant camper information, click here and read carefully before applying.

Click Here to start your application

Required supporting materials (copies of Individual Education Plan (IEP), speech therapy reports, etc.) should be submitted separately via regular or electronic mail, whichever you prefer. Camper applications must be received no later than April 28th, 2017 for consideration. Families will be informed of camper acceptance via email on or before May 19, 2017.


Travel to Pittsburgh and accommodations costs are not included in the registration fee. Hotel reservations can be made through the E-booking link or by calling the Hotel Sales Office: Colleen Rodgers at 412-833-5300 ext. 7280 or Cathy Matko at ext. 7228.

We encourage camper families who require wheelchair accessible rooms, refrigerators or other special amenities to call the Hotel Sales Office as soon as possible to make reservations.

If you have any questions about the camp program or need additional information, please email us at camp@aacinstitute.org or call Shannon Carney at the AAC Institute, Tel: 412-489-5527.

Thank you for your interest. We look forward to seeing you in Pittsburgh this July!

Support the camp by checking out our Crowdfunding Campaign

AACtion!! ICAN Talk AAC Summer Camp

ICAN Talk AAC Summer CampDid you ever want to be a movie star or walk the red carpet? Now you can help children with disabilities fulfill their dreams of becoming a star. This year our campers will create and star in their very own movies.

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