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Joint decision making using Talking Mats (short summary)

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The authors compared the amount of involvement people with dementia and their family carers felt they had in discussions and decisions about activities of daily living using Talking Mats and their usual methods of communication.

They found that both people with dementia and their carers were more satisfied when Talking Mats were used.


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Joint decision making using Talking Mats (summary)

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Background It is important for people with dementia to be involved in discussions and decisions about their care, but it is often difficult for these people and their carers to discuss their preferences about activities of daily living.

Studies have shown many people with dementia are able to use Talking Mats to support their communication.

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Post-school quality of life (short summary)

This paper reports the results of surveys and interviews about the experiences of young people with complex communication needs after they leave school. The eight young people in this study all used an AAC device whilst in school, however, only one continued to do so after leaving school. Overall, the young people were found to be out of employment or education, to lack personal resources and to require better access to communication support services.

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Post-school quality of life (summary)

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Background Evaluations of post-school outcomes for young people with disabilities have shown that they drop out of school more frequently than their non-disabled peers, rarely enrol in post-secondary education and often experience unemployment and poverty. However, many people with disabilities also report satisfaction with the people in their lives, participation in various recreational activities and a sense of optimism about the future. Unfortunately, this literature rarely addresses outcomes for individuals with complex communication needs who use AAC.

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Sheltered employment and augmentative communication: An oxymoron?

Sheltered employment and augmentative communication: An oxymoron?, Mirenda, P. , AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication, Sep, Volume 12, Issue 3, p.193-197, (1996)
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Asian work choices: how AAC can liberate the user

Asian work choices: how AAC can liberate the user, Duckett, N. , Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology, Jul, Volume 5, Issue 4, p.236-9, (2010)
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