I have been very fortunate over the past five years to work with one of the most skilled SLPs (Speech Language Pathologists) in the field. In addition she is an expert at getting AAC devices funded by medicare/medicaid, insurance (and on rare occassions school systems). (We believe AAC devices should belong to the user, not the school system.)
However, that has not always been the case. Earlier in my career I was placed in situations where either a student would not be able to get AAC or I needed to do the leg work (get rentals, arrange and collect data, create the funding applications and write the supporting letters - with an SLP signing them).
With that in mind I offer other intensive special needs teachers out there a link to a great new website, AAC Funding Help.
The name pretty much explains it all. The site includes information, FAQs a report coach and more.