Welcome to the AAC Institute Self-Study Program!

The Self-Study Program (SSP) offers the opportunity to learn about various aspects of AAC that support the goal of the most effective communication possible for the individual. The courses allow individuals to work at their own pace. No fee is charged. There are no prerequisites. All AAC stakeholder groups can find value. All that is required is Internet access.

SSP courses are divided into modules. In general, each module is the prerequisite for the next module. Most modules are followed by a quiz. Each quiz must be passed (80% correct answers) before the following module can be accessed.

At the end of each SSP course, the participant can choose to have a Certificate of Completion printed.


CEUs are available for designated courses without charge.

AAC Institute has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). In obtaining this accreditation, AAC Institute has demonstrated that it complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of their Authorized Provider status, AAC Institute is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.

The following SSP courses are now available and additional courses are under development.

Introduction to AAC
(0.3 CEUs, Beginner level)

Language-Based Approach to AAC Assessment and Intervention
(0.2 CEUs, Intermediate level)

AAC Symbols and Language Representation Methods
(0.3 CEUs, Intermediate level)

AAC Performance Report: Definition, Generation, and Use
(0.4 CEUs, Intermediate level)

(Note: 0.1 CEU = 1 hour)

For individuals who wish to be included in the AAC Institute Directory of Local Resources, passing one AACI SSP course within the preceding three years is required.

The fact that you have arrived at this page indicates that you have the technological resources needed to successfully complete the Self-Study Program courses. The nature of Internet-based self study is that basic computer skills are assumed. If you have special needs such as those associated with a disability and require assistance or other needs or questions regarding this learning activity, send a message to support@aacinstitute and we will do what we can to help.

Financial Disclosure for Authors of the Self Study Program Courses:

Katya Hill, Ph.D, CCC-SLP
• Does not have any financial relationships to disclose. However, many of the concepts, principles and models presented are from her publications, research, patents and authored products. Any revenue from products goes to the AAC Institute, a nonprofit organization.
• Has a nonfinancial relationship. Dr. Hill is the Executive Director of the AAC Institute, a volunteer position.

Barry Romich
• Does not have any financial relationship to disclose.
• Has a nonfinancial relationship as the co-founder, previous owner, and current Chairman of the Board for the Prentke Romich Company (PRC). Mr. Romich is the Chief Operating Officer and member of the Board of Trustees for the AAC Institute, a volunteer position.

Bruce Baker
• Has a financial relationship to disclose as the owner of the intellectual property related to Minspeak products and President of Semantic Compaction Systems, Inc.
• Does not have any nonfinancial relationships to disclose.

David Chapple
• Does not have any financial or non-financial relationships to disclose.

For access to AAC Institute CE policies, click here.

Hill, K., Romich, B., Seagull, A., Ahmad, N., Peebles, B., and Strecker, J. (2003). AAC Internet-based self-study shell. Proceedings of the 2003 RESNA Conference. RESNA Press. Arlington, VA.