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VOCA

a voice output communication aid (VOCA) is a device whose main function is to use output speech as a means of communication - described more fully on the Communication Matters website http://www.communicationmatters.org.uk/glossary-term/voice-output-communication-aid

Assessing AAC preferences developmental disabilities-review (short summary)

AAC
choices
 
&
learning disability

This review aimed to determine whether participants with developmental disabilities preferred certain types of AAC. The review included seven studies with twelve participants. Eight of these participants preferred speech generating devices, and four preferred picture exchange systems, though this result must be interpreted with caution due to the very small size of the studies. Incorporating individual preferences into an AAC intervention could improve the control that individuals with developmental disabilities have over their decisions and lives.

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Heidi's experiences with facilitated communication

facilitated
communication

Heidi is an independent lady, living with her team of support staff in a pretty bungalow in the country. She needs assistance in all aspects of her life, but is very independent minded and makes all the choices and decisions about her support for herself.

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Core AAC terms

meaning
of
core
AAC
terms

Core AAC terms are defined on the Communication Matters website.

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Tids and the care system

care
staff

Tids was a healthy baby, born in 1965. At age two she contracted meningitis, which caused severe lasting disabilities.

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