2017 CAAC

10th Annual Clinical AAC Research Conference

October 13 & 14, 2017 
Howard University

Howard University in Washington D.C

Welcome to the Clinical AAC Research Conference

The 2017 Clinical AAC Research Conference (CAAC) is the 10th annual forum created specifically for clinicians and researchers engaged in the study and clinical management of people who use augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) and AAC technology innovations.  CAAC offers interactive opportunities with leading researchers to provide unique insights into theoretical and clinical research and development. Original research is presented and participants engage in lively discussions with their colleagues.  Attendees do not have to have an accepted paper to attend CAAC.

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Lana Shekim, NIDCD, National Institutes of Health

Special Presentation

Stephen Bauer, Program Officer at the US National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR)

Stephen Bauer Bio

Short Course on Mixed Model Trajectory Analysis

Ty A. Ridenour, RTI International, Durham

Read more about the short course

AAC Research Funding Issues

Coming Soon…

Conference Chairperson: Ovetta Harris, Howard University

Conference Program Chairperson: Katya Hill, University of Pittsburgh

The CAAC Steering Committee directs the conference. Steering committee members include: Lloyd, Chair; E. Alant, S. Basinski, B. Braddock, O. Harris, K. Hill, F. Loncke, G. Rice, B. Romich, R. Steele and S. Carney at ex officio.

Conference Program 


*Continuing Education Units (CEUs) will be available for attendees

Call for paper

The Call for Papers opens on February 10, 2017, with a rolling review process for acceptances. Registration opens on March 1, 2017. Registration is open for authors of accepted proposals, graduate students being mentored by authors of papers and anyone interested in clinical research in AAC.

Deadline for Proposal Submission: July 10, 2017

Read Instruction for authors


Student Seminar and Research Award

Students are encouraged to attend a special Student Research Seminar and breakfast hosted by Lyle Lloyd and another research professional on Saturday morning.

The AAC Institute Student CAAC Scientific Research Paper Awards promote quality clinical research in the field of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). The awards emphasize the importance of AAC evidence-based practice, quantitative performance measurement, and outcomes. Established in 2008, these awards impact research in the field of AAC by encouraging high standards for student clinical research activities. Read more


Presenters, researchers and graduate students are welcomed to register! Researchers are encouraged to invite graduate students they are mentoring to attend CAAC even if the mentee is NOT an author on the accepted paper. The Clinical AAC Research Conference NOW is open to professionals who have not submitted a proposal, but who are highly motivated in joining the discussion about elevating the type of research being conducted to contribute to the evidence guiding AAC research & development and clinical practice.

Payment options:

  • Pay by credit card or PayPal (Click here)
    • Standard registration: $150
    • Graduate student registration: $50
  • Send a check or purchase order to: CAAC c/o AAC Institute: 1100 Washington Ave., Suite #317, Carnegie, PA, 15106 (Include name and contact information.)

* Special registration Exception: Graduate students being mentored by authors of accepted proposals will be able to register and attend by indicating attendance with their mentor. Please, indicates names of mentors when registering.


Please visit: http://auxiliary.howard.edu/visitor-travel—ctm-program.html

List of Places to Stay: CAAC Hotel InfoAdditional Hotel Availability

Note: Please ask for a reduced rate for CAAC when you reserve your room.

Directions to Howard University:

The conference will be held on the 4th floor of the Louis Stokes Health Science Library.

The address is 501 W St NW, Washington DC, 20059

Howard University Central Campus Map


Future Conference Locations

2018: Fontbonne University in St. Louis, MO


Note: CAAC is a free standing independent event. To encourage a program contributing to the exchange of ideas, space will be limited.  Portions of the 2017 conference are being supported by the Department of Communication Science and Disorders at Howard University.  AAC Institute provides administrative support and sponsors the special Student Scientific Paper Awards.