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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

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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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
 
-
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.


Added to site January 2014


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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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