Introductory Remarks by the Guest Editor Employment plays an important role in life. For individuals with disabilities, it helps promote positive self image and the opportunity for independence and socialization (Segalman, 1995). People who use augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) devices encounter great difficulties in securing and maintaining employment. Augmented communicators also experience problems communicating ... Editorial
Editorial  |   March 01, 1997
Introductory Remarks by the Guest Editor
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  • Lewis Golinker can be contacted at: 202 The Commons, Suite 507, Ithaca, NY 14850; (607) 277–7286; atlawcenter@juno.com.
    Lewis Golinker can be contacted at: 202 The Commons, Suite 507, Ithaca, NY 14850; (607) 277–7286; atlawcenter@juno.com.×
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Augmentative & Alternative Communication / Editorial
Editorial   |   March 01, 1997
Introductory Remarks by the Guest Editor
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, March 1997, Vol. 6, 2-3. doi:10.1044/aac6.1.2
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, March 1997, Vol. 6, 2-3. doi:10.1044/aac6.1.2
Employment plays an important role in life. For individuals with disabilities, it helps promote positive self image and the opportunity for independence and socialization (Segalman, 1995). People who use augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) devices encounter great difficulties in securing and maintaining employment. Augmented communicators also experience problems communicating in some work settings. This issue of the newsletter focuses on augmentative and alternative communication in the workplace. We have included articles from several perspectives.
Lewis Golinker is the director of the Assistive Technology Law Center, Ithaca, New York. He is an attorney who has had experience securing funding for assistive devices, particularly for augmentative and alternative communication from Medicaid programs and insurance policies throughout the United States. Lew has contributed two articles, one dealing with the legal aspects of AAC in the workplace. The other article is an editorial in which Lew discusses the need for research studies about AAC in the workplace. Note: Lew has received underwriting from private sources to provide, at no cost, funding advocacy services to any person who has encountered an AAC funding barrier or received a funding denial. This support is available to any individual seeking an AAC device, or to any speech-language pathologist, other AAC professional, and advocate working on behalf of an individual seeking an AAC device from any funding source in the U.S.
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