Institute Events and Trainings
Institute on Disabilities at Temple University


Augmentative Communication and Empowerment Supports (ACES)

ACES 2006 Graduation

Video of the ceremony (transcript included).

On Friday, July 21, 2006 more than 100 people gathered in Shusterman Hall on the campus of Temple University, to celebrate the 19th graduating class of ACES. ACES, the Augmentative Communication and Empowerment Support program, was created by Dr. Diane Nelson Bryen, PhD, the Executive Director of the Institute on Disabilities and Temple professor.

ACES has supported more than 300 people with significant disabilities, allies and professional interns from 30 states and territories, from a dozen universities, and 15 countries—Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Columbia, Germany, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Liberia, Nepal, Trinidad, England, South Africa and, in 2007, Australia.

Today, ACES graduates are college students and college graduates, mothers, lecturers, wives, husbands, poets, writers, computer programmers, tax payers, volunteers, policymakers, and even a high ranking member of former President Clinton's administration. All are speaking out for themselves and for others.

ACES 2006 Participants

Martell Brennan photo
Martell Brennan
Jeni Doody photo
Jeni Doody
Anna Lohr photo
Anna Lohr
Lori Mayo photo
Lori Mayo
Michael Parsons photo
Michael Parsons
Willie Perry photo
Willie Perry
Ceasar Seabron photo
Ceasar Seabron

Photo slide show—participants & activities of ACES 2006

2006 ACES Free Speech Now Award

Each year, the ACES Free Speech Now Award is given to individuals who advance the free speech rights of Americans with significant disabilities.

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