The Prentke AAC Distinguished Lecture Story

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.

ATIA YouTube Channel:  View recordings of past recipients of the Prentke AAC Distinguished Lecture:

2023 Prentke Lecture with Ashley Mohesky

2022 Prentke Lecture with Lance McLemore 

2021 Prentke Lecture with Kevin Williams

History of the Edwin and Esther Prentke AAC Distinguished Lecture

Former Recipients of the Edwin and Esther Prentke AAC Distinguished Lecture 

# Year ASHA Conference Site Lecture by
1st 1997 Boston, MA Gus Estrella
2nd 1998 San Antonio, TX Ronnie Meeker*
3rd 1999 San Francisco, CA Faye Warren
4th 2000 Washington, DC Bob Williams
5th 2001 New Orleans, LA Paul Pecunas
6th 2002 Atlanta, GA Solomon Rakhman
7th 2003 Chicago, IL Jon Feucht
8th 2004 Philadelphia, PA Rick Creech
9th 2005 San Diego, CA Michael Williams
10th 2006 Miami, FL Tracy Rackensperger
11th 2007 Boston, MA Robert O’Gurek
12th 2008 Chicago, IL Rick Keeton
13th 2009 New Orleans, LA Bac Shelton
14th 2010 Philadelphia, PA India Ochs
15th 2011 San Diego, CA Robert Segalman
16th 2012 Atlanta, GA Jennifer Lowe
17th 2013 Chicago, IL Christopher Klein
18th 2014 Orlando, FL Noah Trembly
19th 2015 Denver, CO Kristin Rytter, Ph.D.
20th 2016 Philadelphia, PA Martin Pistorius
21st 2017 Los Angeles, CA Yoosun Chung
22nd 2018 Boston, MA Todd Hutchinson
23rd 2019 Orlando, FL Stephanie Faso
# Year ATIA Conference Lecture by
24th 2021 ATIA 2021 Virtual Event Kevin Williams
25th 2022 ATIA 2022 Orlando + Virtual Lance McLemore
26th 2023 ATIA 2023 Orlando + Virtual Ashley Mohesky