Assistive Technology Network


When a student is referred for an AAC Assessment, a collaborative process is initiated by IEP team members to gather information about the student and their specific communication strengths and needs. The goal of this process is to determine what AAC tools will optimize communication for the student across all environments. Data collection and device trials are important components of this ongoing collaborative process.

A comprehensive AAC Assessment should be dynamic and include an analysis of language, literacy, motor, sensory, and participation needs.

For more information, take a look at the AAC Assessment Compass from AACcessible.

Individuals do not have to show competence in a low-tech system before moving to a high-tech system. Selecting the most appropriate AAC support is based on individual needs, skills, and current language level.

Read Low-Tech & High-Tech AAC about busting this "one-size fits all myth."