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AAC-121: Customizing Your Unity® Vocabulary: Hints and Tips

ATiA 2022 Conference Virtual Event

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This is a free recorded session available to all and is part of an ATIA 2022 Registration Package.

Session recordings will be posted after ATIA 2022 in Orlando.

Sponsored by: PRC-Saltillo


Clients and professionals using and teaching the Unity(R) language system in PRC-Saltillo devices often ask for advice on where to add new words. This session will provide guidelines to help this process easier, making use of the inherent, underlying linguistic structures built into the Unity vocabularies.

Content Disclosure: This session references the Unity(R) language system in PRC-Saltillo devices and does not reference other similar products or resources.

Learning Objectives

First Learning Objective: Use the concept of "semantic categories" to choose three separate icons on the core page of the Unity 84 Sequenced vocabulary that represent those concepts.
Second Learning Objective: Add three new words to the Unity 84 Sequenced vocabulary.
Third Learning Objective: Find and download three images from the internet that can be used in an AAC device.

Primary Strand

Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)

Secondary Strand

Education & Learning

Target Audience

  • AT Specialists
  • Caregivers
  • Communication Specialist
  • Consumers/Individuals with Disabilities
  • Consultants/Trainers
  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Educators
  • Faculty/Instructors - Higher Education
  • Family Members
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Paraprofessionals
  • Physical Therapists
  • Rehab Therapists
  • Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Special Education Educators
  • Vocational Rehabilitation

Experience Level


Primary Life Cycle Addressed


Session Delivery Format

In-person presentation with recording

Course Schedule

This course was given at the ATIA 2022 Conference on Thursday, January 27: 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM (EST)

Continuing Education Credits

For Satisfactory Completion and Continuing Education information, please visit: ATIA Online Education CEUs

This course is offered for the following CE Provider Credits:
For: 0.10 CEU Units or 1.0 CEU Hours.


Russell Cross

PRC-Saltillo, Language Systems Product Manager


Russell Cross is a Speech-Language Therapist and the Language Systems Product Manager for the Prentke Romich Company. A Psychology and Linguistics graduate from the University of Lancaster in the UK, with a Post-Graduate qualification from the University of Central England, he has worked in the field of AAC since 1984. Russell has played an integral part of the design of many of PRC™s devices and is the co-owner of a number of patents. He is the co-author of the Unity series of language application programs that run on PRC devices, the WordCore word-based communication software, and the Dialogue AAC app for iOS. Russell is one of the creators of the Realize Language online AAC data analysis software and has a keen interest in the application of corpus linguistics to the design of AAC vocabulary systems. As a researcher, he has been the Principal Investigator (PI) on a number of teams that have received NIH grant funding. He is a member of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, and ISAAC. Russell presents regularly both nationally and internationally, and serves on the Assistive Technology Industry Association's Research Committee.

Disclosures: As an employee of PRC-Saltillo, which is an Employee Stock Ownership Plan, Russell receives a salary and shares in the company as part of a retirement plan. Russell receives no royalty payments for any products or intellectual property.

Relevant Financial Relationship: Yes
I am a salaried employee of the PRC-Saltillo company. I am also a shareholder in PRC-Saltillo and part of an Employee Stock Ownership Plan, which is a form of retirement benefit. I do not receive royalties for any PRC-Saltillo products in which I have been involved in developing.

Relevant Non-Financial Relationship: Yes
I am a member of American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA), the Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA), the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT), the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ISAAC), and faculty member at Semantic Compaction Systems. I am also on the ATIA Research Committee and Assistive Technology: Outcomes and Benefits journal Editorial Board.