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AAC Everywhere

We want to see AAC EVERYWHERE in our community! Having core boards and AAC visuals in all environments is incredibly powerful for all of our AAC users and raises awareness about augmentative and alternative communication amongst our community.

We love this bulletin board that was created by Jessica Palson, SLP. This beautiful display is both eye catching and functional! Anyone with communication challenges can use the board to interact with those around them by pointing to the words on the board. This fosters important social interaction in the hallways and provides more communication opportunities!  For AAC users, having symbols posted everywhere not only enables communication but also nurtures a sense of belonging.

Jessica also included important reminders for AAC users and those who support them like, "Don't leave AAC in your backpack" and "Stop, do you have your AAC device?"

These visuals raise awareness about augmentative and alternative communication and celebrate our uniqueness and differences. This provides a great opportunity for AAC users and their peers to learn about diversity and inclusion!

For more examples of how to have AAC Everywhere, please scroll down through our Resources page!

10 April 2024

December AACalendar

29 Nov 2023
With the holiday season upon us, we've created a fun way to model symbol-based language every day during the month of December! When we pick a target word each day we can increase exposure to it and highlight how it can be used in different contexts.

Post this AAC holiday themed calendar in your home, classroom, daycare, or wherever you spend your time. You'll get to reveal a new word each day! When you do, talk about the symbol, describe what it looks like and what it means, find it on your device or core board and use it in a sentence! 

Click below to download and print this fun symbol-based calendar! The download includes a version with Symbolstix symbols as well as a version with Boardmaker PCS symbols.

Tip: The page without symbols can be used to hide the symbols on the calendar until you're ready to reveal them.  Happy Holidays!

Giving Tuesday 2024

28 Nov 2023

Camp yAAC 2023 Highlights

13 Sept 2023
With the support of a group of dedicated volunteers, OARC hosts Camp yAAC every summer at Camp Manitou in Headingley, Manitoba. It is our FAVOURITE time of year! Fifteen campers join us for a fun camp experience while being immersed in augmentative and alternative communication. We can't wait for Camp yAAC in July 2024!

Light-tech AAC

22 Aug 2023
Everyday there are occasions when using a high-tech device isn't compatible with the activity or environment you're in. You can't take your iPad into the pool or out in the snow. Sometimes even the reflection of the sun on the screen makes using our high tech device difficult. But we still need to have access to language and communication to engage with those around us at ALL times! Light-tech AAC is perfect for activities when using an iPad is just not possible or safe.

Take screenshots of important pages, print them off, laminate & hang with zip-ties or binder clips & jump or splash to your heart's content!

We recommend printing large vinyl boards (2' x 3') to hang around the school (in the gym, hallways, and classroom) or outside near the playground or by your water table.
We've had success using VistaPrint to print our own:
Assistiveware has their own link to print these using Zazzle:
TobiiDynavox can also be contacted to order large coreboards directly from them.

Popular iDevice Case Types

5 Aug 2023
We often get questions about what type of case is most appropriate for an individual. Scroll through the attached information to see the most popular cases we purchase for children. Please share with us if you've come across a different case type not featured here that you also love!
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Information About How OARC Manages Communication Devices

10 Aug 2023
For the past couple of years, we have been setting up communication devices for children using a remote management system. This enables us to provide better troubleshooting support and to ensure that a system is running properly so children using AAC always have access to their communication. See the attached for more details about what this means!
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