13th Annual Clinical AAC Research Conference:

The AAC Winter Forums and Discussions

Bringing clinicians, researchers and AAC speakers together


Hosted by:

Department of Communication Science and Disorders School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences University of Pittsburgh


Welcome to the Clinical AAC Research Conference

The 13th Annual Clinical AAC (CAAC) Research Conference will be available virtually with courses opening in the Winter of 2020 (Date for asynchronous online presentations and online real-time discussions to be determined). 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 Outcome Research and Clinical Perspectives: sponsored by Lingraphica

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.

ASHA CEUs offered for this session pending approval
Lingraphica is co-sponsor of CAAC 2020.


Welcome Address by:

Bernard Rousseau, Chair, Department of Communication Science and Disorders, School of Health and Rehabilitation Science, University of Pittsburgh


Lyle L. Lloyd Forum Discussion

Ovetta Harris PhD, CCC-SLP with Devon Dee M.A. CCC-SLP and Beverly Khabo M.A., M.S. CCC-SLP

Forum Address : Stand Up, Speak Out: Lessons in Justice Related to Multiculturalism and AAC


Virtual Sessions, Pre-Recorded Sessions and a chance to join live Discussions. Please see Program-at-a-Glance for these details.


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 and Agenda:


Call for Papers: CLOSED

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

Deadline for Proposal Submission: Friday, July 17th, 2020

CEUs being offered by IACET and pending ASHA approval

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



Registration will open when program is announced.  Presenters, researchers and graduate students are welcomed to attend this innovative virtual conference being hosted by the Department of Communication Science and Disorders, University of Pittsburgh!


Payment options:

Standard registration: $50

Student registration: $25

Registration form

PayPal link will be sent to email after registration

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.) 


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 2020 conference are being supported by the Department of Communication Science and Disorders at the University of Pittsburgh.  AAC Institute provides administrative support and sponsors the special Student Scientific Paper Awards.