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Programs & Services


Augmentative Communication and Educational Technology Service (ACETS)

Provides assessment and consultation services to children and adults who experience verbal and/or written communication difficulties. Serves clients who are unable to meet their daily communication interaction needs through verbal speech, writing, and/or computer access.

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 (Augmentative Communication and Educational Technology Service) is an assessment center 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.

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

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
  • 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

Healthcare providers should consult the Alberta Referral Directory for service referral information.


Fees

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).


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