October is International Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Awareness Month. According to the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ISAAC), “International AAC Awareness Month is celebrated around the world each October. The goal is to raise awareness of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) and to inform the public about the many different ways in which people communicate using communication devices.”
So what is AAC?
According to the American Speech-Hearing Association (ASHA), AAC is “an area of clinical practice that addresses the needs of individuals with significant and complex communication disorders characterized by impairments in speech-language production and/or comprehension, including spoken and written modes of communication.” AAC uses everything from line drawings to a full-fledged Speech Generating device (SGD) to help people communicate their wants, needs, and everything in between.
Many companies that manufacture AAC devices and software offer discounts this celebrated month! Usually, these sales are on AAC apps with markdowns of up to 50%. For those of you who have already decided which device or app you are going with for your communication needs, this coming month is an excellent time to purchase. For speech pathologists, schools, hospitals, and clinics looking to build their inventory, there is no time like next month to purchase! Below are the companies that I have heard of so far that are offering discounts. I am still waiting to hear from some others and will update this post when I hear.
Assistiveware-up to 50% off their apps on October 8-11, 2018. (i.e. Proloquo2Go, Proloquo4Text)
TherapyBox-50% off their apps from October 8-10, 2018
Saltillo-50% discounts on TouchChat from October 3-6, 2018
Avaz-50% off the Avaz App from October 1-15, 2018
Tobii-Dynavox-Snap + Core First will be only $49.99 (which is 72% off!) from October 5-31, 2018
Prentke Romich-50% off on the LAMP Words for Life iOS app from October 3-6, 2018