Augmentative Communication Community Partnerships CANADA (ACCPC)

Office phone: 416-444-9532
Mail Address: 131 Barber Greene Rd.,Toronto ON M3C 3Y5


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Email: accpc@sympatico.ca
Web site: www.accpc.ca/index.htm
Service Description: ACCPC is a federal, non-profit organization that undertakes social innovation projects to promote awareness, justice, enhanced quality of life and community participation for people who use augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). ACCPC provides research, education and resources on:
  • Social Justice Issues
  • Communication Access to Community Services
  • Abuse Prevention
  • Attendant Services
  • Transition to adulthood
  • Self-determination and advocacy
  • Personal Safety
  • Healthy Relationships
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Literacy

AAC refers to ways other than speech that are used to communicate. Most people who use AAC have a variety of communication systems. Depending on their needs and skills they usually include a number of aided and unaided communication systems.

Unaided AAC systems might include:
  • Voice; nodding and shaking one's head; facial expression; pointing or looking at desired objects; gestures; sign languages.

Aided AAC systems might include:
  • Communication displays (comprised of written words, letters or phrases, pictures or symbols); devices which speak or print out messages; call bells etc.
There are specialized AAC Services available to assist people in determining the AAC systems which best meet their needs and skills