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TECHNOLOGY

Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)

Sexuality, Intimacy, and Sex


Intimacy is closely tied to communication. Whether you are telling your partner that he looks handsome or she smells wonderful or advising your partner about how to best arouse you, communication is essential. According to the University of Michigan Health system, an intimate relationship is one in which you:

  • Pay attention to your partner
  • Share ideas and thoughts
  • Share feelings with each other without fear
  • Try to understand why you and your partner behave as you do.

You can communicate in many ways:

  • Words (what you say and what you do not say in phone calls, in person, in writing)
  • Gestures (turning away from your partner, nodding your head, showing that you are listening)
  • Facial expressions (smiling, frowning, looking disgusted)
  • Touch (hugs, holding hands, sexual intimacy).

Research has shown that the quality of your relationship is directly related to the quality of your communication skills. For individuals who use AAC, having "the right words at your finger tips [or your AAC device]" can make all the difference in your relationships.

Following you will find access to:


Needed Vocabulary for Socially-Valued Adult Roles