ACES 2020 – Postponed


ACES 2020

Augmentative Communication & Empowerment Supports

ACES 2020 is postponed until next summer due to COVID-19 restrictions.

ACES stands for Augmentative Communication Empowerment and Supports.

ACES is a program for young adult users (18+ years) of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) located on the main campus of Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

ACES is a two-week intensive program followed by monthly meetups and ongoing social media engagement.


The program goals of ACES include:

  • Improve effective communication by AAC users.
  • Improve computer access by AAC users with current technology.
  • Empower AAC users to control their lives using a person-centered decision-making framework.
  • Increase the capacity of non-AAC users to engage and include AAC users in all activities authentically.
  • Support the families and friends of AAC users to encourage self-determination by the AAC users.
  • Build a community of AAC users to support each other and share experiences.
  • Equip AAC users with a strategy to communicate with the health professionals and provide informed consent or refusal.


Each ACES participant…

  • Is a young adult or adult who uses AAC.
    • May be concentrating on a “transition” such as school to work, home to community, etc.
  • Is currently using or has the potential to use a speech-generating device.
    • Devices (Tobii- Dynavox, PRC, Tablet-based, Phone-based, etc.)
    • Access methods (direct select, eye gaze, switches, etc.)
    • Communicative intent is demonstrated or assumed
  • Is able to participate in a full day of learning and work.
  • Might have a variety of educational or medical diagnoses.


3 comments on “ACES 2020 – Postponed

  1. Hi there! I’m an SLP interested in participating. Is there an application to be a staff member for the duration? Thank you! Julie Casady

    1. Hi Julie,

      There are not any open SLP positions for ACES 2020 at this time. We can contact you if anything comes up.

      Thanks, Kim

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