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Don't give up: Employment experiences of individuals with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis who use augmentative and alternative communication

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TitleDon't give up: Employment experiences of individuals with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis who use augmentative and alternative communication
Publication TypeJournal Article
AbstractA focus group discussion was conducted on the Internet to investigate the employment experiences of five individuals with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) who required augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). Information was gathered in the following areas: (a) the benefits of and reasons for continuing employment, (b) the negative impacts of employment, (c) the barriers to continued employment, (d) the supports required for successful employment outcomes, and (e) recommendations proposed for employers, rehabilitation professionals, manufacturers of assistive technology, the government, and individuals with ALS themselves to facilitate employment. Factors described as important to the participants' continued employment included the nature of employment activities, necessary supports to employment activities (e.g., the availability of information and services), and access to appropriate communication systems.
AuthorsMcNaughton, D B., Light J. C., and Groszyk L.
Year of Publication2001
Date PublishedSep
PublicationAugmentative and Alternative Communication
Volume17
Issue3
Pages179-95.
ISBN0743 4618
Publisher DOIhttp://informahealthcare.com/doi/abs/10.1080/aac.17.3.179.195
NotesAuthor Keywords: amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) , assistive technology , augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) , degenerative neurologic disorder , employment , focus group , Internet
Reseach NotesAugmentative and Alternative Communication, 2001, Vol. 17, No. 3 : Pages 179-195 “Don't give up”: Employment experiences of individuals with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis who use augmentative and alternative communication David McNaughton, Janice Light, and Linda Groszyk (doi: 10.1080/aac.17.3.179.195)
Keywords (MeSH)adult, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, communication aids for disabled, employment, focus groups
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