An AAC personnel framework: Adults with acquired complex communication needs

David R. Beukelman, Laura J. Ball, Susan Fager

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A personnel framework designed to support people who rely on augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) because of acquired medical conditions and those who assist them is described. The roles of AAC finders, general practice clinicians, AAC intervention specialists, AAC facilitators, and AAC experts are summarized. These roles are described in detail for people with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, brainstem impairment, and severe chronic aphasia. The personnel preparation needs for each of these support personnel groups are identified.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)255-267
Number of pages13
JournalAAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2008


  • AAC
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
  • Aphasia
  • Brainstem impairment
  • Personnel

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Speech and Hearing


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