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Programs & Services

Augmentative Communication and Educational Technology Service (ACETS)

Provides assessment and consultation services to children and adults across Southern Alberta who are unable to meet their daily communication interaction needs (face to face communication, digital communication, telecommunications) due to developmental, degenerative, physical and/or sensory limitations.

Provides three streams of service:

  • clinician-to-clinician consultation
  • assessment and recommendations regarding augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) tools and strategies
  • assessment and recommendations regarding alternate access

Does not assume a primary therapy team role. ACETS requires active participation from the client’s community therapy team (e.g., therapist, family, educator, school team member).

ACETS is one of four southern Alberta assessment centers to assess for funding eligibility through Alberta Aids to Daily Living (AADL) Speech Generating Communication Devices (SGCDs) Benefit Area. For details on the SGCD Benefit Area, please refer to the Alberta Aids to Daily Living (AADL) website.

Contact Details

Alberta Children's Hospital

Location Info
Lower Level, Rehabilitation Services
28 Oki Drive NW
Calgary, Alberta
T3B 6A8

Main entrance


Getting There

Parking map

Hours of Operation
Days of the Week

8:00 am - 4:15 pm

8:00 am - 4:15 pm

8:00 am - 4:15 pm

8:00 am - 4:15 pm

8:00 am - 4:15 pm

Service Providers May Include
biomedical technologists, media technicians, occupational therapists (OTs), speech-language pathologists (SLPs), speech-language pathology assistants

Clients must have:

  • needs that cannot be met by primary therapy team or another agency
  • had their needs addressed by other services such as seating, auditory, ophthalmology
  • appropriate level of arousal or alertness
  • clear communication goals
  • tried no- or low-technology strategies with their primary therapy team
  • family interested in AAC services from ACETS
  • team interested in AAC services from ACETS
Service Access

Any health care provider or family member can refer with support from a primary consulting speech-language pathologist or an occupational therapist.  Relevant information to be included with the referral:

  • specific communication concern or goal
  • motor and developmental diagnoses (e.g. CP, autism, seizure disorders, neurodegenerative conditions)
  • receptive and expressive language abilities
  • cognitive, perceptual, and literacy abilities
  • visual and motor abilities
  • educational, vocational, and/or home setting descriptions
  • current or prior use of augmentative or alternative communication strategies including SGCD trials
  • planned seating appointments
  • other service providers/programs/supports involved in the client’s care
  • whether the client has access to telehealth facilities through local service providers


There is no fee for the service itself but if appropriate assistive technology equipment is recommended, the client may be required to pay for all or a portion of the equipment cost.

Funding support through AADL is limited to clients who are eligible to receive speech generating communication devices (SGCDs).

Service Languages
Interpreter/Translation services