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communication aids or devices are used to help communication, described more fully on the Communication Matters website http://www.communicationmatters.org.uk/glossary-term/aided-communication

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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Emily's story about making new friends

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friends

Emily, is 7 years old. She goes to a special school miles from home. She loves school and has lots of friends there. She is one of two children who use a communication aid in school. Her LSA and teacher are really pleased with her use of the machine, saying ‘we don’t notice she is using her aid because it is just her voice’. She has it with her all the time.

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Jeff's experiences after leaving school

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leaving
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Born in 1980, Jeff used a communication aid for most of his school life. He was very proficient, and used it in all the lessons.  Jeff also used his aid in social settings, clubs and day centres, and was even one of the stars in a film made by a large disability charity, to raise awareness of the life changing benefits of AAC.

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Assessing AAC preferences developmental disabilities-review (short summary)

AAC
choices
 
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learning disability

This review aimed to determine whether participants with developmental disabilities preferred certain types of AAC. The review included seven studies with twelve participants. Eight of these participants preferred speech generating devices, and four preferred picture exchange systems, though this result must be interpreted with caution due to the very small size of the studies. Incorporating individual preferences into an AAC intervention could improve the control that individuals with developmental disabilities have over their decisions and lives.

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What is a communication aid?

what
is
a
communication aid?

See: Definitions and information at Communication Matters

Note: different types of AAC equipment are listed on the Communication Matters website and the ACE Centre SpeechBubble database

Bill's experiences after a stroke

aac
following
 
a
stroke

Bill and Marge had been a hectic pair, keeping everyone on their toes especially their grandkids. Bill woke up one morning and found that he couldn’t get out of bed and that Marge seemed to be speaking a different language (or at least that was how he remembers it). Bill had had a stroke.

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