CAAC 2019

12th Annual Clinical AAC Research Conference

October 17-19, 2019 

Washington D.C

Welcome to the Clinical AAC Research Conference

The 12th Annual Clinical AAC (CAAC) Research Conference is on the campus of Howard University in Washington DC on October 17-19, 2019. 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.   

Keynote Speaker


Special Presentation


Short Course on Tele-AAC

Nerissa Hall & Ellen Cohn

Panel on AAC Specialty Certification

Conference Chairperson: Ovetta Harris, Howard University

Conference Program Chairperson: Katya Hill, University of Pittsburgh

The CAAC Steering committee directs the conference. The CAAC Steering Committee directs the conference. Steering committee members include: F. Loncke, Chair; B. Braddock; O. Harris; K. Hill; J. Quarles; G. Rice; R. Steele; E. Alant, Emeritus member; and S. Daddario as ex officio. 

Conference Program 

CAAC 2019 PROGRAM…coming soon

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

Call for paper

The Call for Papers will open on March 10th with a rolling review process for acceptances.  Registration opens on April 1st.  Registration is open to anyone interested in scientific discovery, and clinical or translational research in AAC.

Deadline for Proposal Submission: July 31, 2019

Read Instructions for Authors

Student Seminar and Research Award

Students are encouraged to attend a special Student Research Seminar and breakfast hosted in honor of Lyle Lloyd  on Saturday morning.

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 of AAC evidence-based practice, quantitative performance measurement, and outcomes. 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:

  • Pay by credit card or PayPal (Click here)
    • Standard registration: $250
    • Graduate student registration: $75
  • 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.)

* Special registration Exception: Graduate students being mentored by authors of accepted proposals will be able to register and attend by indicating attendance with their mentor. Please, indicates names of mentors when registering.


Please visit:—ctm-program.html

List of Places to Stay: coming soon

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

Directions to Howard University:

The conference will be held on the 4th floor of the Louis Stokes Health Science Library.

The address is 501 W St NW, Washington DC, 20059

Howard University Central Campus Map

Future Conference Locations

2020: 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.