WHAT IS AAC?
Augmentative & Assistive Communication (AAC) is a term that's used to describe various methods of communication that can help non-speaking individuals, or those that find verbal speech to be unreliable.
WHO IS LILLY?
9 year old Autistic AAC User
and the inspiration behind
APPLY FOR A DEVICE
Our goal is to assist children ages 2 - 18 that have been rejected by other programs and whose families cannot afford an AAC device without help. If you have tried other avenues to get AAC for your Autistic, nonspeaking family member, and need help getting an AAC device on your own, please submit a request form!
Lilly uses an iPad/iPhone loaded with Proloquo2Go
as her AAC device
ONLY available to US Residents - children ages 2 to 18
MEET OUR FOUNDERS
After realizing very early on that her only child was Autistic and nonspeaking, Stefanie started researching everything under the sun that could be done to make Lilly's life as amazing as possible. She purchased and programmed Lilly's AAC when there were no consultants or examples to guide her, and hasn't stopped preaching about the magic of AACs since! When not devoting her life to all things Lillybug, Stefanie is a Senior Manager at the software company where she has worked for over 20 years (and where she met Lilly's Daddy).
Amy developed a passion for finding a way to provide AAC devices to children in need, after seeing how much AAC has helped her little cousin. Within a week of developing the idea for a non-profit, Amy had the paperwork filed and the ball rolling - she even started taking donations! When she isn't trying to raise money for Lilly's Voice, Amy is the Owner/Publisher of Hometown Values Savings Magazine in Boise, Idaho.
MEET THE BOARD MEMBERS
Tiffany is an Autistic AAC user and communication rights advocate for people with disabilities. She started using AAC as a child by writing out what she wanted, when speaking vocally was too difficult. Learning how to communicate in a different way helped Tiffany learn how to create her own speech. She uses multiple forms of assistive communication on a daily basis, and helps her neurodivergent children communicate through AAC as well.
As a neurodivergent adult himself, Trey has always been extra insightful into the best ways to help and celebrate Lilly. His goal has always been to provide Lilly with excellent tools and services, while ensuring everyone around her is positive and supportive. When not having fun with Lillybug, Trey works as a Programmer, and spends his free time playing games with friends and family, as well as creating electronic music.
Cathy is the retired founder and president of Journey to Freedom Foundation. She is a proud Grammi of 9 grandchildren and believes Lilly’s Voice will enhance learning and life for so many in need. “Children are our future and we need to invest in them.” She applauds the work of her niece Stefanie and daughter Amy in creating this avenue of hope.
Juliette became passionate about AAC after starting with her son Caleb just before he turned 2 years old. She saw Caleb’s communication flourish with AAC and his frustrations reduced dramatically. She believes everyone deserves access to the communication that is best suited for them. Juliette has a Masters in Accountancy. She is currently a stay at home mom to Caleb.
Kaitlin developed a passion for AAC as a new graduate right out of her speech pathology program when she began working with a non-speaking 11 year old who never had access to AAC. Over the past 6 years, she has developed an increasing interest in working with non-speaking children and children who use alternative and augmentative forms of communication. She has seen AAC change lives for children many, many times and truly believes that access to robust language is a human right for all.