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Technology-Based Augmentative and Alternative Communication

We use the term 'Technology-Based Augmentative and Alternative Communication' to describe different forms of assistive and adaptive technology which are used  to deliver augmentative and alternative forms of communication for people on the autism spectrum.

Technology is sometimes divided into high tech (uses electronic equipment, like voice output communication aids) and low tech (does not use electronic equipment, like the cards used in the Picture Communication Exchange System).

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This glossary is designed to explain some of the jargon and gobbledygook used by some people when they talk about autism or research..

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The fact that an intervention is listed in this glossary does not necessarily mean that we agree with its use. Nor does it necessarily mean that there is any scientifically valid or reliable evidence behind it.