Welcome to ISAAC Ireland
ISAAC Ireland is a non-profit organisation that is working to improve the awareness and use of AAC for people with communication difficulties in Ireland. It is an organisation made up of people from several different backgrounds, from AAC users to speech and language therapists, who all share a common desire to improve the lives of people with disabilities in Ireland.
What is AAC?
AAC or 'Augmentative and Alternative Communication' is a term that describes any method which enables or improves communication for those with impairments in the production or comprehension of spoken or written language. AAC solutions can involve high-tech devices (e.g. computer programs, portable electronic devices), low-tech devices (e.g. picture boards), or no equipment at all (e.g. sign language).
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ISAAC Ireland is a member of ISAAC International, a world-wide organisation which aims to promote the use of AAC for the benefit of people with complex communication needs. This organisation was established in 1983 and has chapters in 15 countries. The most significant event organised by ISAAC is the biennial conference, being held this year in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA on 1st August, 2012.
What does ISAAC Ireland do?
ISAAC Ireland organises a variety of workshops, study days, talks, meetings and social events for people interested in AAC in Ireland.
In addition, we are a point of contact for AAC users, people who would like to become AAC users, their families, friends, carers and professionals working in any field related to AAC. We can put you in touch with suitable support organisations and associations depending on your needs.
For professionals who are researching AAC in Ireland, we have research journals and academic materials available for loan to members.
Here is a trailer for documentary film which recently had its Irish Premier at an ISAAC Ireland event... To see the full documentary on YouTube, click here.