ATIA 2022 will take place January 26 - 29, 2022 in Orlando, Florida and virtually.

The Prentke AAC Distinguished Lecture hosted by: ATIA

Sponsored by: 

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The 25th Annual Edwin and Esther Prentke AAC Distinguished Lecture will be presented at the ATIA 2022 Conference in Orlando, Florida.  ATIA is honored to host this exciting presentation by a person who communicates using an AAC device.

The Edwin and Esther Prentke Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Distinguished Lecture was initiated in 1997 to honor the life and work of the late Edwin and Esther Prentke. The Prentkes dedicated their lives to developing technologies that liberate the lives of people with disabilities. The lecture is delivered by a person who uses augmentative and alternative communication (PWUAAC) to communicate. The lecture is followed by a time of interaction with the audience, allowing the audience to ask questions and interact with a PWUAAC.

The lecture will be live-streamed from Orlando and the awardee may present in-person or virtually.  

Nominations are now open! 

ATIA is seeking nominations for this prestigious award. Nominators, or sponsors, may nominate anyone they believe fulfills the criteria listed below. Individuals may nominate themselves if they fulfill the criteria.


The nominee must:

  • Be a person who uses AAC
  • Have public speaking experience and the ability to engage in an interactive question-and-answer session with the audience
  • Have made a unique contribution to the field of AAC or had a unique experience as a person who uses AAC

Please note:  Past nominees may be nominated. Past recipients of the award are not eligible to be re-nominated.

$2,000 Award and Complimentary Registration to ATIA 2022 (plus travel costs if presenting in-person)

The recipient receives a $2,000 award generously donated by the Lecture sponsor, PRC-Saltillo. PRC-Saltillo will also reimburse travel expenses for the recipient to present in-person at the conference in Orlando.  The recipient and two guests receive complimentary registrations to ATIA 2022 provided by ATIA.

Please note, the recipient may choose to present in-person or virtually. There is a proof of vaccination requirement for all attendees for ATIA 2022. If the recipient is not able to travel or be vaccinated, then the recipient will be able to present virtually via Zoom.

Please submit your nominations now – deadline for nominations is November 15, 2021.

ATIA Prentke AAC Distinguished Lecture Nominations Form

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