Speech-generating devices(SGDs), also known as voice output communication aids, are electronic augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) systems used to supplement or replace speech or writing for individuals with communication disabilities
People who use speech-generating devices, may also use other communication methods such as a communication board, gestures, and body language.
It is important to note that many people are effective communicators using low or no technology. Others choose not to use technology, preferring in some situations to use a communication board or speech.
To converse with a person who uses a communication device, you do NOT need to know how people operate it. You just have to focus on the conversation.
In Canada, augmentative and alternative communication clinics assist people in choosing communication methods that meet their needs. Some of these clinics can connect people with provincial funding for recommended devices. For a list of these clinics, contact ISAAC Canada or your local Speech Language Pathology Association.