Welcome to the website of 12th ECER-AAC Conference

President of the Slovak Republic Andrej Kiska took the Patronage over this conference

Conference is held under the patronage of the
National Institute for Education
Department of Communication Disorders
of Comenius University in Bratislava

Faculty of Informatics and Information Technologies
Ilkovičova 2
July 1-3 2019
From Monday to Wednesday

Dr. Sophia L. Kalman (HU)


AAC consultant for the Hungarian Bliss Foundation

University lecturer at the ELTE Barczi Gusztav Faculty of Special Education, Budapest

Martine Smith (IE)

Associate Professor, Clin Speech & Language Studies

Trinity College Dublin

Stephen von Tetzchner (NO)

Department of Psychology

University of Oslo

Judy Wine (IL)

Team member, Omer Center for AAC and IT

Consultant, Israel Rett Syndrome Association

John Costello (US)

Director, Augmentative Communication Program

Boston Children’s Hospital

Vicki R. Casella (US)

Executive Director

The Bridge School

Aldona Mysakowska – Adamczyk (PL)

Coordinator of the Early Intervention Team and Speech & Language Therapis

Early Intervention Team at the Special School no. 327 in Warsaw

President of “Mówić bez Słów” – ISAAC Polska organization (Polish ISAAC chapter)

Anna Walkiewicz (PL)


Early Intervention Team at the Special School no. 327 in Warsaw

Board Member of “Mówić bez Słów” – ISAAC Polska organization (Polish ISAAC chapter)

Alina Smyczek (PL)

SLT in Special School no. 11 in Krakow

Co-founder and chairwoman of the Board of Directors of „Mowic bez Slow“ (ISAAC Polish Chapter)

Stijn Deckers (NL)

Pedagogical Sciences

Stichting Milo (AAC center)

Radboud University Nijmegen

President of ISAAC-Netherlands and Flanders

Lenka Říhová (CZ)

Special Education Teacher, AAC approach, Deputy Director

Special Primary School Poděbrady


Bohdana Voříšková (CZ)

Speech therapist CAAK

Hradec Králové

Anastázia Kormanová (SK)

Speech and Language Therapist

Národný ústav detských chorôb Bratislava (NÚDCH)

Teréz Zupko (SK)

Speech and Language Therapist

ADELI Medical Center

Agnieszka Pilch (PL)

Special Education Teacher, Deputy Principal and Chief of AAC

“Step by Step” Nonpublic School in Zamość

Board Member of “Mówić bez Słów” – ISAAC Polska Organization (Polish ISAAC Chapter)

Mascha Legel (NL)

Visual Anthropologist

Radboud University Nijmegen

Liya Kalinnikova Magnusson (SE)

Dr. in special education

University lecturer in special education
University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies
Affiliated researcher at the Institute of Russian and Eurasian studies
Uppsala University, Sweden

Jana Šarounova (CZ)

Special Education Teacher – SLT

Special Education Center for Children And Youth With Speech Disorders focusing on AAC

Robert Kohls (DE)

Director of Sales & Training Europe


Kaveh Vefagh (SE)

Regional Manager EMEIA (Europe Middle-East India Africa)

Tobii Dynavox

Albane Plateau (FR)

Speech and Language Pathologist

Educator for National Federation of Speech Language Pathologists

Clinical Consultant and Trainer for Tobii Dynavox France

David Hofer (AT)

Chief Executive Officer


Carmen Valcu (RO)

Special Education Teacher

Special School St. Nicholas, Bucharest, Romania


Emerging AAC users

8:00 – 8:45 Registration
9:00 – 9:30 Opening ceremony Stephen von Tetzchner (NO)
9:30 – 10:30 Early/Emerging Communicators Using AAC:  Presume Limitless Opportunities for Learning John Costello (US)
10:45 – 11:30 Family Involvement in the Early Stages of the AAC Intervention Process Judy Wine (IL)
11:30 – 12:00 AAC, first or last option Anastázia Kormanová (SK)
12:00 – 12:30 How to solve unsolvable …? (AAC on curatice stay) Teréz Zupko (SK)
13:30 – 14:00 Exhibition Time / Poster Presentation
14:15 – 15:15 AAC in early intervention Aldona Mysakowska Adamczyk (PL) a Anna Walkiewicz (PL)
15:15 – 15:45 Core vocabulary and its applicability for atypical populations Stijn Deckers (NL)
16:00 – 16:30 Universal design for learning and AAC: didactics of teaching/learning settings Liya Kalinnikova Magnusson (SE), Magnus Magnusson (SE)
16:30 – 16:50 Sign language and developmental disabilities Stephen von Tetzchner (NO)

AAC in school

8:30 – 9:30 Setting educational goals to improve communicative competence of AAC users Alina Smyczek (PL)
9:30 – 10:00 Motivational program “Kája živě a hravě” Bohdana Voříšková (CZ)
10:00 – 10:30 Anchored approaches in AAC: how to stimulate communicative intent and vocabulary development Stijn Deckers (NL)
10:45 – 11:45 Addressing Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI) in an Educational Environment Vicki Casella (US)
11:45 – 12:30 AAC for individuals on the Autism Spectrum and beyond Albane Plateau (FR)
13:30 – 14:00 Exhibition Time / Poster Presentation
14:15 – 15:15 Supporting language development for literacy in aided communication Martine Smith (IE)
15:15 – 15:45 School AAC Strategies Carmen Valcu (RO), Alina Stefania Tutu (RO), Raluca Vlad (RO), Petrica Cotae (RO)
16:00 – 16:30 How to ensure that nonverbal people participate in social life? Agnieszka Pilch (PL)
16:30 – 17:00 “Sadness, Blood and Down” Jana Šarounová (CZ)

Assistive technology and communication aids

8:30 – 9:30 Addressing the Communication and Education Goals of Children with Severe Speech and Physical Impairments (SSPI) through the use of AAC and Assistive Technology Vicki Casella (US)
9:30 – 10:00 Technology + game + interactivity Lenka Říhová (CZ)
10:00 – 10:30 Film as Observable Communication (FaOC); an Augmentative tool for Storytelling Mascha Legel (NL)
10:45 – 11:30 The AAC Device is a wonderful tool, but I needs proper mounting to be used Robert Kohls (DE)
11:30 – 12:15 Eye Gaze Pathway – Sensory, Communication and Access Kaveh Vefagh (SE)
12:15 – 12:30 20 years of LIFEtool Computer aided Communication David Hofer (AT)
13:30 – 14:00 Potential of multisenzory environment (Snoezelen for development of communication skills in children with intellectual and multiple disabilities Jana Hrčová (SK)
14:00 – 15:00 The Development and Implementation of Communication Systems for Children with Rett Syndrome Judy Wine (IL)
15:00 – 15:30 To train the trainers Sophia Kalman (HU)
15:30 – 16:00 Closing Ceremony Liya Kalinnikova Magnusson (SE), Sophia L. Kalman (HU), Martina Kukumbergová (SK), Monika Šulcová (SK)

Here you can find the lectures abstracts of all contributing speakers or feel free to download the abstracts in PDF version.


Conference is held in the campus of Faculty of Informatics and Information Technologies STU in Bratislava.

Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava
Faculty of Informatics and Information Technologies
Ilkovičova 2
842 16 Bratislava 4
Slovak Republic

  • direction BRNO -> BRATISLAVA
    from the D-2 highway, E65 go along the „Lamač cesta“ through the Sitina tunnel, turn left into the Mlynská dolina

    from the D-1 highway, E75 continue in the direction Wien, Györ, Brno, heading onto the Lafranconi Bridge, turn into the Mlynská dolina

  • direction VIENNA -> BRATISLAVA
    from the E58 road, heading onto the Lafranconi Bridge, turn into the Mlynská dolina

  • from Vienna Airport
    for airport shuttle from Vienna Airport to Bratislava click here.

  • from the Main Railway Station
    take a bus number 32, get off at the stop called „ZOO“

  • from the bus station „Mlynské nivy“
    take the bus number 70, at the „Most SNP“ stop, transition to buses number 30 or 37, get off at the stop called „ZOO“

  • from the airport
    take the bus number 61 from the airport, transition to bus number 39 (you can transition at 8 subsequent stops starting with Clementisova and ending with Trnavské mýto). Get off at the stop called „ZOO“

You can find the public transport timetables on the following website

Early bird
EUR 120 / 3 days
price guaranteed until 31th May 2019
EUR 160 / 3 days
price after 31th May 2019
EUR 90 / 3 days
ticket for students

In case you did not attend the conference, the registration fee will be not refunded.

Participation can be canceled by email at, but the latest June 17, 2019. After this date, the registration fee will not be refunded. It is possible to send a replacement for yourself. Please inform us about the change and send us the name of the alternate in advance by email.


During the conference you will be able to try out various communication aids and applications.


A “Poster Session” is a way of giving the opportunity for participants who want to communicate their message in an informal manner. The facts of their presentation are “published” on posters.

Posters offer the opportunity to engage with other conference attendees interested in the same subject and application as yourself. You might strike up a conversation with someone about your poster that may lead to future collaboration. Poster sessions will run in parallel with the sessions and during break times.

Size: B1 (707 × 1000 mm), portrait orientation
Language: English
Themes: Your successes, experiences, case studies, activities within the AAC
Do not forget: Poster title, Author’s name, Name of Organization, and Contact details

How to make a poster:

Please print the poster and bring it with you.

The number of posters is limited. You can register your poster to make sure you get a spot.