2019 ICAN Talk AAC Summer Camp

Unlock your communication powers!

ICAN™ Talk Clinic is offering a mini-camp this summer for campers as an intensive language and literacy experience. No more than 20 campers will be accepted and matched with clinicians and volunteers for fun and exciting individual and group activities over 3 days at the Crowne Plaza South and in the Pittsburgh community to build language, literacy and overall confidence using their AAC systems.  

Besides the excitement, comradery, and opportunities for campers to talk with their technology out and about in Pittsburgh, campers will leave with a portfolio notebook that contains:

  • Work created by the camper
  • Completed Early LAMBaseline or Core Word Baseline
  • Summary of effective evidence-based intervention strategies
  • AACTion Point handouts to share with the campers’ school team/healthcare support team
  • Examples of IEP and/or Transition Plan goals/objectives
  • Parent training materials and resources
  • Recommendations from parent consultation meeting: will be given by the conclusion of camp or mailed out later

The application process is open for our ninth annual summer of providing a community-base camp in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  

June 24-28, 2019*

Volunteers will start training on June 24th.

Campers and Families: Please plan to arrive on June 25th for our mandatory Welcome Ceremony in the evening.

*Campers will be placed to create peer groups for activities at similar levels that are age appropriate. 

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 Clinical Director during the camp are available (an additional fee is required).

To see the entire Camp Program: Schedule

Volunteer Information:The volunteer’s program is currently full. We are no longer taking applications for volunteers.

The AAC Institute gratefully acknowledges that the Will Taylor AAC Camp volunteer student training and supervision program is made possible by a donation from the Taylor Family in memory of their son William, an AAC speaker and the Georgia Language Computer School.   A special thanks to Dr. Carolyn Higdon at the University of Mississipi (Ole Miss) for helping to organize this valuable donation for camp.

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 the application. Please note that if you have dietary restrictions, we will do our best to accommodate you. We always suggest to bring food that you would be agreeable to you. If you have any questions, please contact us at volunteers@aacinstitute.org.


The camp fee of US $1000.00** 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 out the application form with the option to pay the $500.00 deposit fee by check (payable to AAC Institute) or money order, PayPal ***, or major credit card***. 

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

Pay the deposit: Paypal

*** 4% surcharge fee will be included by using PayPal or major credit cards for the initial deposit only.


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 Jamison at 412-833-5300 ext. 7280.

This year you may also book your room at another hotel. 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. There is a conference scheduled at the Crowne Plaza during camp, reserve your room asap.

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

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