2021 CAAC IS GOING VIRTUAL!

13th Annual Clinical AAC Research Conference:

The AAC Winter Forums and Discussions

Bringing clinicians, researchers and AAC speakers together

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Hosted by:

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

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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 2021 (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.

Lingraphica is co-sponsor of CAAC 2020.

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Welcome Address by:

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

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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

Ovetta Harris has the following financial relationships to disclose: She receives a salary form Howard University.  She has a non-financial relationship to disclose:  She is a member of  ASHA and the American Board of AAC Specialty Certification.

Devon Mbappe is a PhD student at Howard University.  She has not financial or non-financial relationships to disclose.

Beverly Khabo is a PhD student at Howard University.  She has not financial or non-financial relationships to disclose.

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

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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:

Katya Hill has the following financial relationship to disclose: She receives a salary from the University of Pittsburgh and funding from NIH and NIDILRR. She has the following non-financial relationships to disclose: She has a professional relationship with the American Board of AAC Specialty Certification and the AAC Institute.

Lauren Bonnet has the following financial relationships to disclose: She receives a salary from George Mason University, Arlington Public Schools, Freedom of Speech, LLC.  Her non-financial relationships include ASHA SIG-12, CEC and Arlington Public Schools Accessibility Working Group.

Jane Quarles has the following financial relationship to disclose: She receives a salary form St. Louis Children’s Hospital ad Attainment Co.  Her non-financial relationships included memberships in ASHA SIG-12,  USSAAC and ISAAC.

Chris Klein has no financial relationship to disclose.  He has a non-financial relationship to disclosure as a professional relationship with AAC United.

Tom Kovacs has the following financial relationships to disclose: He receives a salary from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire. He has no non-financial relationships to disclose.  He is a member of ASHA and SIG-12.

Filip Loncke has the following financial relationships to disclose: He receives a salary from the University of  Virginia and book royalties from Plural Publishing.

Danielle Garrett is a graduate student at the University of Virginia. She has not financial or non-financial relationships to disclose.

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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

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

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Registration

Registration is now open.  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!

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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.) 

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Future Conference Locations:

2022: 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.