About the conference

“ASSIST – Assistive Technologies” Foundation organises the

2nd International Conference on
Augmentative and Alternative Communication – AAC2019

with the support by Ministry of Education and Science

and UNICEF – Bulgaria

The Conference presents  contemporary approaches and technologies for children and adults with communication difficulties – cerebral palsy, autism, multiple disabilities, intellectual disabilities, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, and others:  

  • Talks on modern approaches, methods, and technologies for augmentative and alternative communication, given by leading experts.
  • Workshops presenting the experience and best practices in working and teaching children with cerebral palsy, autism, multiple disabilities and others.
  • The experience of the Bulgarian professionals working with augmentative and alternative communication.
  • Policies in Bulgaria for inclusive education and early intervention related to AAC.
  • Personal experience of people in Bulgaria who are already using modern assistive technologies for AAC.

Keynote speakers

prof. Stephen von Tetzchner, University of Oslo, Norway – ‘The graphic symbol and language’
prof. Vicki Casella, USA
The Bridge School, USA – “Inclusion: A Process, Not Just a Placement”.
prof. Kristine Stadskleiv, PhD, Oslo University, Norway – ‘A case story about the importance of aided communication for participation and education’.
Yonit Hagoel-Karnieli, National Centre for augmentative and Alternative Communication “Ezer Mizion”, Israel – ‘Let’s start at the very beginning‘.
Aldona Mysakowska-Adamczyk,  “Mowić bez Słów” – ISAAC, Poland – ‘AAC in Early Intervention. Sharing experience from practice in Poland’.
Maurice Grinberg, PhD, “ASSIST – Assistive Technologies” Foundation, New Bulgarian University, Bulgaria.
Kaveh Vefagh, Tobii Dynavox, – ‘Funding and implementation of AAC and AT’.


Prof. Vicki CasellaThe Bridge School, USA –  ‘Tools and Strategies to Enhance Language and Communication’.
Prof. Stephen von Tetzchner, University of Oslo, Norway – ‘Creating a language-supportive environment for children using augmentative and alternative communication’.
Kristine Stadskleiv, PhD, University Hospital in Oslo, Norway. – ‘Play and communication; a practical approach
Yonit Hagoel-Karnieli, National Centre for augmentative and Alternative Communication “Ezer Mizion”, Israel. – AAC for adults with acquired disabilities’.

AAC & Technology Exhibition

Tobii Dynavox
Pretorian Technologies

Poster sessions

If you want to present a poster, please, send an e-mail to aac2019@assistfoundation.eu (you should include the following information: title of the poster, authors, affiliation, short summary of 150-200 words).
Posters should be printed on A1 (59 x 84 cm), portrait orientation.

The working languages of the conference are Bulgarian and English. Simultaneous translation is provided.

To participate in the conference it is required to register and pay a participation fee before October 25th, 2019 (or until all places are booked).