2020 CAAC

13th Annual Clinical AAC Research Conference

October 8-10, 2020 Pittsburgh, PA

Welcome to the Clinical AAC Research Conference

The 13th Annual Clinical AAC (CAAC) Research Conference is on the campus of University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, PA on October 8-10, 2020. CAAC is an annual forum created specifically for researchers and clinicians engaged in the study and clinical management of people who use augmentative and alternative communication (AAC).  The conference format is designed to stimulate lively and thought-provoking discussions that may stem from the importance of AAC research hypotheses, designs, methodology and results and grow into conversations about applying theoretical frameworks to AAC interventions.   


Short Course: Aphasia and AAC Technologies: Uses and Benefits

Dr. Richard Steele has served as Chief Scienst at Lingraphica since the company’s founding in 1990. Prior to that, he conducted research at the Palo Alto VAMC Rehabilitation R&D Center, where he was Principal Invesgator on the C‐ViC project for computers in aphasia rehabilitation.  Even earlier, he taught Slavic languages and linguistics at Harvard, Cornell, Grinnell College, and elsewhere. He holds a BS in Physics from Stanford University, and an MA and PhD in Slavic Languages and Linguistics from Harvard University.

Poster Session & Reception



Keynote Speaker

Dr. Al Condeluci

Also Research Papers & Chair’s Reception



Panel on AAC : AAC communicators and families

Lyle L. Lloyd Forum Discussion

Ovetta Harris, PhD, CCC-SLP, moderator

Topic: AAC Multicultural and Diversity Issues


Conference Chairperson: Katya Hill, PhD, CCC-SLP

Conference Program Co-Chairs: Lauren Kravetz Bonnet, PhD, CCC-SLP & Barbara Braddock, PhD, CCC-SLP

The CAAC Program Committee members:
Kay Chen, Ph.D., CCC-SLP; Thomas Kovacs PhD; Jane K. Quarles, M.S., CCC-SLP ; Gale Rice, PhD CCC-SLP; and Michelle Gutmann PhD. CCC-SLP.

Conference Program 

CAAC 2020 Program at a Glance: Preliminary

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


Call for Papers

The Call for Papers will open on February 1st with a rolling review process for acceptances.  Registration opens on April 1stRegistration is open to anyone interested in scientific discovery, and clinical or translational research in AAC. Please see instructions below.

Deadline for Proposal Submission: August 14, 2020


Research & Student’s Award

Student Think Aloud Poster Submissions!

Students considering or working on a thesis or dissertation are encouraged to submit a Think Aloud poster proposal.  Accepted posters give students an opportunity to discuss their research idea(s) and receive feedback from knowledgeable attendees.  Students are expected to be prepared with a brief summary and create interesting posters to capture their ideas using vivid figures or infographics to grab attention and engage attendees in discussion.

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 using language activity monitoring (LAM) to support precision, quantitative performance measurement. 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:

Registration and to Pay by credit card or PayPal (Click here)

Standard registration: $250

Graduate student registration: $75

Short Course ONLY Professionals: $75.00

Short Course ONLY Students: $25.00

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.) 



Hotel Block: Reservations must be made by September 18, 2020 at the Hilton Garden Inn Pittsburgh University Place: CAAC Room Block Website or Call Reservations at 412-683-2040.

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


Directions to University of Pittsburgh:

The address is: TBD


Future Conference Locations:

2021: TBD

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 2019 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.