AUCD Welcomes newest International Affiliate member, the Centre for Augmentative and Alternative Communication at the University of Pretoria, Pretoria South Africa

April 23, 2007

The Centre for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (CAAC) conducts training and research in early childhood intervention and augmentative and alternative communication (ACC). Founded in 1990, it is the only research and training center of its kind in Africa.


The CAAC conducts 5 post-graduate, multi-disciplinary qualifications which are distributed across the faculties of Health Sciences, Humanities, and Education. The courses range from an Advanced Certificate for Teachers on Inclusion of Children with Severe Disabilities to honors, masters, and PhD programs in AAC. An interdisciplinary masters degree in early childhood intervention was recently introduced; it has become one of the largest programs in the CAAC with an annual enrollment of 20 students.

The CAAC's main projects include an interdisciplinary leadership program focused on empowering young adults with severe communication problems, a teacher training project focused on inclusion of children with disabilities through the implementation of AAC strategies in the classroom, and an early childhood intervention project focused on the training of parents and caregivers working in the context of HIV/AIDS.

The CAAC hopes to strengthen its research and training collaboration with other Centers in the AUCD network to develop more sustainable solutions for disability and early intervention in poverty contexts.

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