Augmentative and Alternative Communication Considerations for Adults With Significant Cognitive Disabilities Adults who use augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) may include individuals who experience severe communication disorders throughout their lives. The population of adults with developmental disabilities would include persons who have a mental or physical disability (or combination of both), that occurred before the individual turned 22, with the condition ... Article
Article  |   April 01, 2002
Augmentative and Alternative Communication Considerations for Adults With Significant Cognitive Disabilities
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  • Paris DePaepe
    Southwest Missouri State University, Springfield, MO
  • Kathleen Feeley
    Long Island University, Southampton, NY
  • Lisa A. Wood
    Southwest Missouri State University, Springfield, MO
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Augmentative & Alternative Communication / Attention, Memory & Executive Functions / Articles
Article   |   April 01, 2002
Augmentative and Alternative Communication Considerations for Adults With Significant Cognitive Disabilities
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, April 2002, Vol. 11, 20-25. doi:10.1044/aac11.1.20
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, April 2002, Vol. 11, 20-25. doi:10.1044/aac11.1.20
Adults who use augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) may include individuals who experience severe communication disorders throughout their lives. The population of adults with developmental disabilities would include persons who have a mental or physical disability (or combination of both), that occurred before the individual turned 22, with the condition causing significant limitations in at least three areas of life functioning (i.e., communication, mobility, self care, learning, self-direction and sufficiency, independent living; Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 1990 as cited by McLaughlin & Wehman, 1996). These adults may have the primary disabilities of mental retardation, cerebral palsy, or autism. Although adults with developmental disabilities are a very diverse group, this paper will focus on AAC considerations and issues related to individuals with significant cognitive disabilities.
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