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Course Description

An introductory section discusses how AAC technologies for persons with aphasia (PWA) includes both low-technology approaches that go back decades, alongside high-technology offerings that are of more recent introduction, starting with C-ViC, the earliest clinically validated AAC software for PWA, which we show running on a Mac Classic. In the 30 years since, advanced AAC devices have grown remarkably in both technological capabilities and rehabilitation effectiveness. Firsthand, experienced-based testimony about AAC technology uses and benefits draw first on accounts of persons with aphasia who themselves are users of these technologies, for their various purposes. We hear from several individuals who discuss their stroke-recovery histories, challenges, personal accomplishments, and the unique perspectives of PWA.

Meet the Presenter


Dr. Richard Steele, MA, PhD

Richard Steele, PhD, has served as Chief Scientist at Lingraphica since he helped found the company in 1990. Prior to that, he conducted research at the Palo Alto VAMC Rehabilitation R&D Center, where he was Principal Investigator on the C‐ViC project for computers in aphasia rehabilitation.  Even earlier, he taught Slavic languages and linguistics at Harvard, Cornell, Grinnell College, and elsewhere. He holds a BS in Physics from Stanford University, and an MA and PhD in Slavic Languages and Linguistics from Harvard University.

Course Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to:

            • Describe medical service delivery perspectives on aphasia rehab
            • Discuss complementary perspectives of PWA on aphasia rehab
            • Describe AAC technology uses (prosthetic, orthotic, therapeutic)
            • Describe the spectrum of aphasia rehab outcomes with AAC use
            • Describe the benefits of AAC in lives of PWA and other care partners

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