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Augmentative and Alternative Communication

Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) is any form of communication that people use if they are unable or unwilling to use standard forms of communication such as speech.

Augmentative communication systems are designed to complement and sometimes enhance standard means of communication.

Alternative communication systems are designed to replace standard means of communication.

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