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accessing assistive technology and communication equipment: there is a vast array of AAC equipment which mirrors the individual needs of people who may use AAC and to determine the right specification for an individual they should have a specialised assessment which considers a number of equipment options

Social media experiences of adolescents and young adults with cerebral palsy who use augmentative and alternative communication (summary)

Social
Media
 
Experiences
 
of
People
 
with
Cerebral Palsy
 
who
 
use
AAC

Background

Recent developments in technology have increased opportunities for communication through social media.

For people who use augmentative and alternative communication (PWUAAC) the new opportunities are not always matched by improved access.

A much lower percentage of people with disabilities use the internet than those without disabilities across all age groups. People who do not have internet access might become isolated compared to those who do.

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Social media experiences of adolescents and young adults with cerebral palsy who use augmentative and alternative communication (short summary)

Social
Media
 
Experiences
 
of
People
 
with
Cerebral Palsy
 
who
 
use
AAC

Recent developments in technology have increased opportunities for communication through social media, however for people who use augmentative and alternative communication (PWUAAC) the new opportunities are not always matched by improved access.

A much lower percentage of people with disabilities use the internet than those without disabilities across all age groups.

This study looked at the views and experiences of adults who have cerebral palsy about using social media.

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Evaluating the Impact of AAC Interventions in Reducing Hospitalization-related Stress: Challenges and Possibilities (summary)

 
The
 
Effect
of
AAC
 
in
Reducing
Stress
 
in
Hospital

Background

A lot of children with communication difficulties need to use hospital services frequently and have a legal right to “be informed, to communicate, and to express opinions using their preferred means of communication including augmentative and alternative forms” (United Nations 2006). However hospitals often rely on parents to act as interpreters and have little knowledge of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) and communication disabilities.

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Evaluating the Impact of AAC Interventions in Reducing Hospitalization-related Stress: Challenges and Possibilities (short summary)

 
The
 
Effect
 
of
AAC
 
in
Reducing
Stress
 
in
Hospital

Hospital visits and procedures can be distressing for children and their families and an inability to communicate feelings about this or to understand what is happening can increase stress.

Hospital staff often rely on parents of children with communication difficulties to act as interpreters and have little knowledge of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) and communication disabilities.

This paper looks into some of the ways in which the effects of using AAC interventions in health care can be measured.

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Eye gaze technology: a South African perspective (summary)

Eye-gaze
 
technology:
 
a
South African
 
perspective

Background

This study looks at Bronfenbrenner’s biological theory of human development as a framework for describing the ways in which environmental influences can support or hinder the use of assistive technology, specifically eye-gaze controlled communication for young children with disabilities. The theory uses the ‘model of the ecology as nested systems’, dividing influencing factors into:

Microsystems – the immediate environment within which the child functions.

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Eye gaze technology: a South African perspective (short summary)

Eye-gaze
 
technology:
 
a
South African
 
perspective

This study uses two South African case reports to look at Bronfenbrenner’s biological theory of human development as a framework for describing the ways in which environmental influences can support or hinder the use of assistive technology, specifically eye-gaze controlled communication for young children with disabilities.

They identify factors in a number of different ‘systems’ around the child that could influence how successful they were in developing use of high tech systems for communication.

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