University of British Columbia
Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology and Special Education

Augmentative and Alternative Communication

Dr. Mirenda is a long-time member of ISAAC (The International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication) and of ISAAC-Canada.  She is co-author of Augmentative and Alternative Communication: Supporting Children and Adults with Complex Communication Needs (Beukelman & Mirenda, 2005), which is currently in its third edition.  From 1998 to 2002, she was Editor of the Augmentative and Alternative Communication journal.  In 1998, she received the ISAAC President's Award for leadership in AAC, and in both 1988 and 1997, she co-authored articles that received AAC Editor's Awards for the most significant research article published in the AAC journal during the previous year.  In 1992, Dr. Mirenda was named the Phonic Ear/AAC Distinguished Lecturer (see Mirenda, 1993 in the publications list).  She is currently on the Editorial Boards of the American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology and Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools.   At UBC, she teaches a course on AAC, EPSE 411.   She has published widely on topics such as autism and AAC, speech synthesis, symbol learning, and AAC for persons with developmental disabilities.  For a listing of Dr. Mirenda's AAC-related articles, chapters, and books, click here.

Links to AAC Sites:

Barkley Augmentative and Alternative Communication Centre

RESNA (Rehabilitation Engineering Society of North America)

Trace Center, University of Wisconsin

Neuromotor Program, Assistive Technology Team, Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children

Special Education Technology - BC (SET-BC)


Dr. Pat Mirenda

Contact Information

UBC, Scarfe 2323
2125 Main Mall
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4

Phone:  604.822.6296
Fax:      604.822.3302

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