Eye-gaze, BCI and AAC


The AAC Institute, a Pittsburgh-based not-for-profit organisation, is holding a one-and-a-half-day conference next month on eye-gaze and brain computer interface (BCI) access for users of AAC (augmentative and alternative communication)

Day One will offer a review of preferred practices for meeting the training, treatment and progress monitoring needs of individuals who have been recommended eye-gaze or BCI access methods for AAC. This will include the necessary supports for family members and caregivers who are to be trained as system operators and/or communication partners.

Evidence-based treatment protocols for individualising eye-gaze and BCI access according to specific medical diagnoses also will be reviewed and illustrated, and steps and tips to determine the effectiveness of treatment will be presented.

In the afternoon participants will get the opportunity to rotate among four ‘eyes-on’ sessions organised by major manufacturers, ending the day with a Q&A panel discussion with manufacturers’ representatives.

Day Two, which will finish at noon, offers a choice of seminars:

  • A demonstration and overview of BCI access and the most current available BCI products and clinical services;
  • An overview of data logging and language activity monitoring (LAM) and the launch of the upgraded AAC Performance Report Tool (PeRT);
  • An update on eye-gaze issues for children who use eye-gaze access.

Product and training materials from a variety of companies will be available throughout the day.

Eye-Gaze and Brain Computer Interface AAC: Therapeutic Strategies & Treatment Efficacy takes place at the Crowne Plaza Pittsburgh South, Pittsburgh, PA on 6-7 November.


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