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Happy and excited: Perceptions of using digital technology and social media by young people who use augmentative and alternative communication (short summary)

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The authors used semi-structured interviews to investigate how adolescents and young adults who use augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) feel about the use of digital technology (DT) and online social media (OSM).

They found that the participants had a strong desire to use the internet and the ability to do so had positive effects on a range of feelings about themselves and their social relationships. However lack of access to, or knowledge of, specialised equipment, thus preventing independent use of DT and OSM can create a form of 'digital exclusion' for PWUAAC. In addition poor literacy skills made it difficult to use the systems independently. This is not always being addressed by the website providers despite the fact that they have a duty to 'ensure people have access to cultural materials'.

The research suggests that family support is important in promoting DT use. It also indicates that support is needed from educational settings to reduce the likelihood of digital exclusion for people with CCN.


Things you may want to look into:

Technology for people, not disabilities: ensuring access and inclusion

An examination of relations between participation, communication and age in children with complex communication needs

The Loneliness Experiences of Young Adults with Cerebral Palsy who use Alternative and Augmentative Communication

Learning to use the Internet and online social media: What is the effectiveness of home-based intervention for youth with complex communication needs?

Connecting the AAC Community through Social Media


Added to site August 2015

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