Waisman Center Communication Aids and Systems Clinic (CASC)


The Waisman Center Communication Aids & Systems Clinic (CASC) is a partnership with the UW Rehabilitation Department of the UW Hospital & Clinics (UWHC). The CASC team’s speech-language pathologists and occupational therapists partner with families to provide highly specialized, cutting-edge augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) for children and adults experiencing significant communication difficulties. CASC provides services for people who have a range of disabilities that include: amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), spinal cord injuries, aphasia, traumatic brain injuries, cerebral palsy, autism, Rett syndrome, Down syndrome, and multiple disabilities.

Description of Services

Patients served by CASC access a wide array of AAC and computer access technology including: low technology AAC such as communication boards and books; high technology AAC including communication devices with voice output, often referred to as speech generating devices (SGD); equipment that provides adapted access methods for operating AAC and computers (allowing the use of such options as switches, head pointing and eye gaze access); adaptive communication applications for “off the shelf” technology, such as portable tablets and mobile media devices.

1500 Highland Ave, Madison, WI 53705
Location by County/County(ies) served
Ages Served
Birth - 2 years old, 3-5 years old, Elementary School Age, Middle School Age, High School Age, 18-21 years old, Adults
Funding Sources
Private Insurance, Medicaid, Medicare