Toward understanding the real-world effectiveness of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) for students in school activity settings


Our research team wants to develop a way to measure the ‘real world’ effectiveness of AAC systems for students with complex communication needs.  We plan to do this by developing a new questionnaire that educators complete to allow us to detect changes in the everyday functioning of students who use AAC systems in school settings.


Steve Ryan, PhD, PEng

Participate in this study

Are you an educator who has supported a student who used AAC within the past two years? Consider taking a survey about students who use AAC at school!

Who can participate

We are looking for. . .

  • teachers, educational assistants and other special educators
  • educators who recently supported a student (aged 3 to 18 years) who used aided AAC (communication book and/or speech generating device) at school within the past 2 years

What's Involved

Educators will complete an online (anonymous) survey. The survey will take about 30 minutes to do. The survey will ask basic questions about your professional background and a student you supported who used AAC. No data that identifies your student will be collected. It will also include a questionnaire about how a student with AAC functions at school and factors that may influence how the student communicates.


February 19, 2018

Interested in participating

If you are interested in learning more, please click here to bring you to the survey. Alternatively, please contact our research assistant Anna Oh at or 416-425-6220 ext. 3546 (toll free 1-800-363-2440).                                                                     

Accessing the survey online or contacting us does not obligate you to participate in the study. 

Funding Agency

Holland Bloorview’s Centre for Leadership in Participation and Inclusion

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