Do you ever wonder how the AAC “sausage” gets made? What in particular goes into the process of creating an AAC vocabulary set? Today we’re going to explore how one sausage in particular got made. It’s the story of WordPower, the popular AAC set created by my guest, Nancy Inman of Inman Innovations. Nancy was previoulsy the program manager for the Department of Assistive Technology at the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, Maryland. She’s worked in the area of AAC for years and here’s a spoiler alert: her initial inspiration for WordPower came from a client named John. Show notes: * Check out the NPR’s How I Built This * The Beukelman Study * The poster session on symbol design I referred to was called Evaluation of AAC Symbol Design Using Foundational Design Principles & Elements. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find an image or description of the study on at the time this episode was uploaded, but here is a link in the 2016 ASHA program directory. * The company creating an app that purports to clarify unintelligible speech is called Voiceitt * An image of the Big Green Board If you enjoy listening to these podcasts, please leave an honest review in the iTunes store. Thanks!