13th Annual Clinical AAC Research Conference

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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 Fall 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 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


Lyle L. Lloyd Forum Discussion

Ovetta Harris, PhD, CCC-SLP, moderator

Topic: AAC Multicultural Issues and Ethnicity


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 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


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:

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

Standard registration: $50

Student registration: $20

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.