ACES 2023


ACES 2023

Applications are open!

Scholarships are available for Pennsylvania residents.

ACES 2023 will be July 16-28, 2023 on the campus of Temple University in Philadelphia, PA.

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. This summer, ACES will run from July 16 - July 28, 2023.

New for 2023!

ACES 2023 will benefit from the insights and leadership of our AAC User Consultants. These full-time AAC users are working to make ACES 2023 powerful and life-changing. We are working together to design an exciting experience.


The program goals of ACES include:

  • Improve effective communication by AAC users.
  • Improve computer access by AAC users with current technology.
  • Improve communication skills to secure competitive employment.
  • 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 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.