Providing instructional support for AAC service delivery in low- and middle-income (LAMI) countries (short summary)


Many people with disabilities live in poverty. Providing augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) services for people with complex communication needs (CCN) who live in low and middle income (LAMI) countries can be challenging. Many individuals in LAMI countries do not receive communication rehabilitation services.

In recent years there has been increasing recognition of the need to provide AAC support and training to the communication partners of people in LAMI countries who have CCN, but this has challenges. The training needs to be appropriate to the needs of adult learners, based on adult learning theory. It must be delivered in a manner that is responsive to local needs, culturally sensitive and sustainable. There are rarely enough AAC experts in local areas to offer this and therefore AAC professionals from other countries are sometimes invited to provide training and support.

This study aimed to investigate the experiences of experienced AAC professionals who have offered training and support to professionals, family members and people with CCN from LAMI countries and to consider these within recommendations for AAC training.

Experienced AAC professionals from seven countries were recruited to take part in an on-line focus group. Participants had an average of 28 years’ experience in providing training/instruction in AAC in 29 countries, including 17 different LAMI countries.

The study identified four major themes considered important when delivering training to professionals and communication partners in LAMI countries, these were: investigate learner needs, provide contextually relevant instructional content, use engaging instructional activities and assess the impact of instructional activities.

They conclude that training local professionals and communication partners to provide AAC support in LAMI countries is very important. Careful planning of the training in terms of adult learning theory is relevant in both LAMI and developed countries.

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