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11th Annual Clinical AAC Research Conference

September 27-29, 2018   |   Organized by: AAC Institute


Date/Time: September 28- 29, 2018

Location: Fontbonne University, St. Louis, MO.

Description: The 2018 Clinical AAC Research Conference (CAAC) is the 11th annual forum created specifically for clinicians and researchers engaged in the study and clinical management of people who use augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) and AAC technology innovations. CAAC offers interactive opportunities with leading researchers to provide unique insights into theoretical and clinical research and development. Original research is presented and participants engage in lively discussions with their colleagues. Attendees do not have to have an accepted paper to attend CAAC.

Call for Papers:

The Call for Papers opens on January 31, 2018, with a rolling review process for acceptances. Registration opens on March 1, 2018. Registration is open for authors of accepted proposals; graduate students being mentored by authors of papers and anyone interested in clinical research in AAC.

Deadline for Proposal Submission: May 1, 2018

Student Scientific Research Paper Award:

The AAC Institute Student CAAC Scientific Research Paper Awards promote quality clinical research in the field of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). The awards emphasize the importance of AAC evidence-based practice, quantitative performance measurement, and outcomes. Established in 2008, these awards impact research in the field of AAC by encouraging high standards for student clinical research activities.


Presenters, researchers and graduate students are welcomed to register! Researchers are encouraged to invite graduate students they are mentoring to attend CAAC even if the mentee is NOT an author on the accepted paper. The Clinical AAC Research Conference NOW is open to professionals who have not submitted a proposal, but who are highly motivated in joining the discussion about elevating the type of research being conducted to contribute to the evidence guiding AAC research & development and clinical practice.

Payment options:

  • Pay by credit card or PayPal (Click here)

    • Standard registration: $250

    • Graduate student registration: $75

    • Short Course ONLY: Professionals = $75; Students = $25

  • Send a check or purchase order to: CAAC c/o AAC Institute: 1100 Washington Ave., Suite #317, Carnegie, PA, 15106 (Include name and contact information.)

* Special registration Exception: Graduate students being mentored by authors of accepted proposals will be able to register and attend by indicating attendance with their mentor. Please, indicates names of mentors when registering.

For detailed information on hotel and transportation please visit the event website.

Amy Wehmeier

Paraquad President and CEO

Aimee Wehmeier is the third President and CEO in Paraquad’s 48-year history. She continues the agency’s excellent tradition of passionate leadership to promote opportunity and independence for people with disabilities.

At Paraquad, Wehmeier, 47, directs eight main program areas serving about 2,500 people with all types of disabilities annually. She is responsible for the strategic vision of the agency, as well as for increasing its profile and visibility.

Wehmeier, who has muscular dystrophy, uses a power wheelchair and has never walked. She received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri and a Master of Business Administration from William Woods University. She believes in the value of Paraquad services, as they have been instrumental in her own independence. She has a passion for public policy, advocacy, and increasing opportunities for people with disabilities. Employment and economic self-sufficiency are her highest priorities.

Wehmeier’s leadership skills have been recognized across the state. In addition to leading Paraquad, Wehmeier serves as member of the Missouri State Rehabilitation Council; Missouri Foundation for Health Community Advisory Council; the Regional Chamber of Commerce Board; Diversity Awareness Partnership Board; Metropolitan St. Louis Equal Housing and Opportunity Council Board; Fontbonne University College of Education & Allied Health Professions Advisory Board; Washington University Program in Occupational Therapy Academic Advisory Board; MO Better Foundation Advisory Committee and the President’s Council. A recipient of the 2010 Governor’s Council on Disabilities Inclusion Award and the 2015 St. Louis Business Journal Diverse Business Leaders’ Award, Aimee has been described as “the face of disability.”

Wehmeier received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri and a Master of Business Administration from William Woods University.

Chris Klein

CEO BeCOME AAC & USSAAC President 2013-2016

Chris Klein is a voice to those that have none and helping hand to those with disabilities, even though he was born with cerebral palsy and uses augmentative communication to help him interact with the rest of the world. Chris used his first augmentative communication device when he was 6 years old. This allowed him to be mainstreamed starting in third grade, and opened doors that nobody thought were achievable.

Over the past four years, Chris has been working closely with people that use AAC. He was President of USSAAC (United States Society of Augmentative Alternative Communication). He has realized that the AAC community has a real need for a mentor program, and this has led him to form an organization called BeCOME AAC. It stands for Building Connections with Others through Mentoring and Education about AAC. BeCOME AAC is committed to assisting persons with speech disabilities live in fulfilling way. BeCOME: AAC believes that the cornerstone to a full life is derived from the ability to participate in meaningful relationships with others and engage in everyday social interactions a fully ratified participant. In order to address this primary objective, BeCOME AAC is focused on providing tools and services to people with and without speech disabilities in order to enable and enhance communication leading to social integration. Specifically, BeCOME AAC will develop and distribute educational materials and provide mentoring services to persons with speech disabilities. This has opened new opportunities for Chris to present at different assistive technology conferences and universities across the country.


Fontbonne University

6800 Wydown Blvd

St. Louis, MO US

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