A Voice Discovered will help the person with complex communication needs obtain a thorough AAC assessment following evidence based practice if he or she does not already have one. A Voice Discovered will also consider applicants for funding assistance for devices/communication apps once they have had a thorough evidence based AAC assessment.
A Voice Discovered follows the guidelines set forth by the American Speech Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) for AAC assessments. The following are some of the areas evaluated during an AAC assessment. For more information, follow the links below.
Current communication impairment including communication diagnosis, severity, prognosis for speech development/recovery, language skills, cognitive abilities and anticipated course of impairment.
Daily communication needs
Functional communication goals
Cognitive and Physical Abilities as they relate to use of a communication system (e.g., speech generating devices)
In addition to the guidelines set forth by ASHA, A Voice Discovered follows the AAC assessment guidelines outlined by Katya Hill of the AAC Institute.
5. Providing a Language-Based Approach to the AAC Assessment
Click on the link below for a short video describing what the AAC Assessment process may look like.