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developmental-learning disability is difficulty understanding new or complex information and affecting communication

Post-school quality of life (summary)

Quality
of
life
after
leaving
school

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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Michael's Eye Gaze Story

Michael's
Eye
Gaze
Story

Michael is in his forties. He left his special school at the age of 19 and has lived at home with his mum and spent time at day centres since then. Michael has cerebral palsy and lots of physical difficulties. After he left school, staff thought he had severe learning disabilities. As he had no way of communicating easily with people they often assumed he did not understand what was being said to him. Over the years Michael had become very withdrawn and had given up trying to let staff at the day centre know what he wanted as they were unable to interpret his attempts to communicate.

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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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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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