Exploring Communication Assistants as an Option for Increasing Communication Access to Communities for People who use Augmentative Communication (short summary)

communication assistants

13 communication assistants were trained to work with 9 people who use AAC (PWUAAC), to support their communication within their local communities and to increase opportunities for and quality of interactions with other communication partners.

AAC users used the assistants to help them prepare for communication events, support them in making phone calls, writing and using the internet and communicating directly with familiar and unfamiliar communication partners and other PWUAAC, over a 9 month period.

The PWUAAC found the use of trained communication assistants to be very helpful and wanted the project to continue. Communication partners within the community also thought it was beneficial.

Things you may want to look into:

A qualitative study of adult AAC users' experiences communicating with medical providers 

Post-School Quality of Life for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities Who Use AAC 

A summary of the articles of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities 

Added to site September 2014