Present at AACES 2023!

The Call for Papers is open for the 2023 AAC Early Starts Conference! 

Submit your session proposal by November 15th to be a part of this awesome learning lineup!

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  • WHEN?

    February 23 - 24, 2023
    7:30 AM - 5:00 PM Pacific (PDT) /
    10:30 AM - 8:00 PM Eastern (EDT)

  • WHERE?

     LIVE, Virtual Event hosted Via Zoom in the AAC Academy Platform


    Via Livestream on our Our YouTube Channel


    Professionals, parents, & partners supporting complex communicators, birth through five years of age.

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    LIVE AAC Early Starts Conference 2023

    If you are a parent or professional supporting a child five years or younger with complex communication needs, join us to learn and share at this second annual virtual learning event! Two days of live sessions with experts, AAC users, and caregivers sharing their knowledge & experiences!  

    AACcessible and The AAC Academy by AACcessible are excited to host this first annual AAC Early Starts (AACES) Conference for professionals and families! The mission of this event is to promote awareness of and education on the holistic supports and services needed to maximize early intervention outcomes for children with complex communication needs. This conference will take place entirely online with live learning sessions and keynote speakers spanning two full days. Topics will focus on the unique needs of complex communicators age birth through five years and on the experiences of AAC users and families from this early stage in their AAC Journey. The scope of presentations will cover the whole child, lending knowledge, support, inspiration, and hope across domains of development. Leading experts across the fields of special education, early intervention, rehabilitations, and augmentative communication will join to share their knowledge and skills in this comprehensive, free and live event!
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    • 20+ LIVE, expert presenters 
    • Professional & partner topics
    • Free access to live event
    • Low cost access to recordings
    • CMH options available

    Holistic & Natural Focus

    Learn from professionals across developmental domains and the unique perspectives of families and AAC users as they reflect on the early stages of the AAC Journey.  

    Better Outcomes

    Improve support & service for the youngest complex communicators to secure a brighter future full of hope, joy, possibility and independence. 

    Conference Program

    Explore the AACES Conference program, packed full of engaging sessions for everyone!  This is a dynamic program that is subject to change, so check back frequently for the most up to date information.  

    The 2023 Conference Program will be posted soon!
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    Conference Schedule

    We have two full days of learning laid our for you here on the conference schedule!  Portions of the schedule offer concurrent sessions (Classroom 1, Classroom 2)-it might be hard to choose!  This is a dynamic schedule that is subject to change, so check back frequently for the most up to date information.  

    The 2023 Conference Schedule will be posted soon!
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    AACES Keynote Lineup

    Our 2023 Keynote lineup is Coming Soon!

    Okay, I'm jazzed!  But I have a few questions...

    Is this conference live?

    Yep!  The full two days of the AACES Conference are live.  All sessions will be hosted virtually in the course platform at The AAC Academy.  

    Bummer! I can’t attend live. Will sessions be recorded?

    Yep!  All sessions will be recorded and launched in the course platform after the conference is finished.  Although you have free access to the live conference, on-demand access requires purchase.  

    Do you offer CEU or CMH? 

    Those attendees who are interested in certification maintenance hours (CMH) for conference sessions and/or keynotes must purchase on-demand access to be eligible for quizzes and certificates. You can attend the live sessions and complete the quizzes for certificates at your own pace or watch sessions on-demand and complete quizzes and certificates thereafter. Quiz and certificate access for CMH will not be provided to those attendees who do not purchase on-demand access, but you can still watch the sessions live and learn for free! ASHA CEU’s will not be hosted or provided for these events. Learn more about the difference between CMH and CEU’s here.

    Are their scholarships for on-demand access?

    Yep!  All are welcome to attend the live conference for free.  If you'd like to be considered for a scholarship or coupon code for on-demand access following the conference, you can email us at for more info.  

    Complimentary or discounted access to on-demand materials will also be offered to conference presenters and volunteers while supplies last.  

    How do I  join the live sessions?

    Check the conference schedule to find out at what time and in which classroom your favorite sessions are taking place.  You will see a tab in your course player with a link to live sessions for each day (Day 1, Day 2) and each classroom (Classroom 1, Classroom 2).  

    Check out this screencast to get the scoop on how to navigate the course player, where all the conference action  happens!
    How to find your live session links screencast

    What is the course player all about?

    The AAC Academy is a comprehensive, online learning platform that lets you truly experience a rich virtual conference without leaving the platform!    Everything you need for the conference - the program, the schedule, the Zoom link, the handouts, and more-can be found in your course player once you are signed in to your AAC Academy account and enrolled in the live AACES conference course.  Want to connect with other conference attendees?  you can do that in the Learner tab of your player!  Want to ask questions or report tech snags?  You can do that too, right in our Discuss tab in the course player.  We'll post handouts as presenters offer them and more.  

    Check out this short screen cast to learn more!
    All about the AAC Academy course player

    Will there be handouts?

    We have asked all speakers to consider providing a handout and will collect and post those as they are available.  All handouts received in advance will be posted to the course player in the learning Path as they are received and those shared during the live sessions by the presenter (via link or file upload to chat) will be posted ASAP once shared.  Some presenters will not provide a handout but you can access a full transcript of the conference in an on-demand package and can take notes etc.... as you need throughout the conference.