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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

Eye Gaze Technology as a Form of Augmentative and Alternative Communication for Individuals with Rett Syndrome: Experiences of Families in The Netherlands (summary)

Eye-gaze
 
as
 
a
 
form
 
of
AAC
 
for
people
 
with
 
Rett
 
Syndrome

Background

Over recent years the use of eye-gaze and eye tracking technology to support communication for people with Rett syndrome (RTT) has increased with many families wanting high-tech eye gaze systems.

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Eye Gaze Technology as a Form of Augmentative and Alternative Communication for Individuals with Rett Syndrome: Experiences of Families in The Netherlands (short summary)

Eye-gaze
 
as
 
a
 
form
 
of
AAC
 
for
People
 
with
 
Rett
 
Syndrome

Background

This study looked into the use of eye gaze and eye tracking technology from the point of view of families of people with Rett Syndrome (RTT) in The Netherlands.

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Technology for people, not disabilities: ensuring access and inclusion (short summary)

Technology
for
access
 
and
inclusion

The authors discuss ways in which technology designed to benefit people with disabilities can actually create subtle forms of social exclusion.

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Technology for people, not disabilities: ensuring access and inclusion (summary)

Technology
for
access
 
and
inclusion

Background The authors considered that the recent rapid development of communication technology should break down barriers and increase access for people with disabilities. However they believe that although they are associated with access and integration the new technologies can actually create social exclusion for disabled people, either around the way in which they are used and prescribed or, less obviously, where the design of technology assumes that users will confirm to societal norms.

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Mobile Technology: Benefits and Challenges (short summary)

Mobile
Technology
 
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Benefits
 
and
Challenges

The authors reviewed the development of AAC apps for iPads and other mobile technology. They suggested several benefits which might be gained from the use of these, but also identified a number of potential problems. Some areas for future research and development in this area are suggested.


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Mobile Technology: Benefits and Challenges (summary)

Mobile
Technology
 
-
Benefits
 
and
Challenges

Background Recent rapid developments in mobile and tablet technology have had great effects on the lives of many people with complex communication needs. There has been an increase in specialised apps to support communication which run on these often smaller and cheaper mainstream devices. These offer many benefits but also some disadvantages for users of AAC.

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AAC and severe ID (short summary)

AAC
 
and
severe
intellectual
disability

Five teenagers with severe intellectual disability and communication impairment had taken part in traditional speech and language therapy for five years with little effect. After the introduction of communication boards by multidisciplinary teams, the teenagers improved their communication, daily living skills and socialization.


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AAC and severe ID (summary)

AAC
 
and
severe
intellectual
disability

What was the purpose of the study? The authors of this study reported their experience of introducing AAC to five adolescents with severe intellectual disability and communication impairment.

Why was the paper written? The authors wrote this paper because past research suggests that providing AAC to people with intellectual disability can increase their communication opportunities and ability to participate in society.

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