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Who Might Use AAC?

People from all walks of life, of all ages, and with a wide variety of impairments may benefit from using AAC options. Essentially, anyone who cannot meet their communication needs by speaking may benefit from using some kind of AAC.


Common adult impairments that can result in significantly impaired speech include stroke, traumatic brain injury, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), and dementia (such as Alzheimer's disease). Adults with developmental disorders who have difficulty communicating also can benefit from using AAC.


Child Using AACAn equally diverse array of children can benefit from gaining access to and instruction in additional communication modes. Some of these disorders include cerebral palsy, autism, childhood apraxia of speech (CAS), general developmental disorders and cognitive impairments, and a wide variety of syndromes such as Down syndrome and velo-cardio-facial syndrome (also known as DiGeorge syndrome).  AAC intervention at an early age can aid not only with communication, but also with language development.