Devices Offering Great Solutions (DOGS)

AAC – Communication Books and Boards


Light-tech tool with pictures for communication.


About AAC – Communication Books and Boards 


Communication boards are special tools that help people with disabilities communicate when they have difficulty speaking. These boards have symbols or pictures that represent different words, phrases, or ideas. When a person wants to express something, they can point to or indicate the symbols on the communication board to convey their thoughts or needs. Communication boards are used by individuals who may have trouble speaking due to conditions like autism, speech disorders, or physical limitations. These boards provide a visual way for them to express themselves and communicate with others, helping them to be understood and participate in conversations more effectively. They are often homemade and tailored to the user.

What kinds of communication boards and books are there?

  • Core boards
  • Medical communication boards
  • Flip communication books
  • Activity-based communication boards
  • About Me Communication books
  • Communication key rings
  • Playground Core Boards
  • Classroom Core Boards
  • Partner-Assisted Scanning systems (such as PODD)


How can I find out what’s new?

Technology changes all the time. To find out about the latest options for these, you can type keywords into a search engine such as Google, Safari, Firefox, or Bing on a computer or tablet. These are the keywords for this type of item:


  • AAC core boards
  • communication books
  • low tech AAC
  • communication flipbook


How do I find out more?

If you live in the US outside of Pennsylvania, you can find your state’s AT program.

If you live in Pennsylvania:

  • you could contact TechOWL to work with a specialist. We can meet with you and sometimes demonstrate this equipment. We can also help with different ways to get one for your own.
  • you might borrow this equipment to try out.

Are these in Pennsylvania’s AT Lending Library?