AAC Intervention Employment- Related Data and Research Are Urgently Needed Employment, work, and career have long had a near-mythic role and value in this country, far greater than their contributions to our financial resources. As Congress has stated: “Work is a valued activity, both for individuals and society; [it] fulfills the need of an individual to be productive, promotes ... Article
Article  |   March 01, 1997
AAC Intervention Employment- Related Data and Research Are Urgently Needed
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  • Lewis Golinker
    Assistive Technology Law Center Ithaca, NY
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Article   |   March 01, 1997
AAC Intervention Employment- Related Data and Research Are Urgently Needed
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, March 1997, Vol. 6, 5-7. doi:10.1044/aac6.1.5
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, March 1997, Vol. 6, 5-7. doi:10.1044/aac6.1.5
Employment, work, and career have long had a near-mythic role and value in this country, far greater than their contributions to our financial resources. As Congress has stated: “Work is a valued activity, both for individuals and society; [it] fulfills the need of an individual to be productive, promotes independence, enhances self-esteem, and allows for participation in the mainstream of life in America” (Rehabilitation Act, 1992a; Blackstone, 1993).
Other, similar images are abundant. We are the land of the puritan “work ethic,” of “pulling oneself up by one’s bootstraps,” of “self-made” men (and women), of self-determination, of freedom of opportunity, of putting a man on the moon, and on and on. We have developed cults of personality around successful business leaders, such as Ross Perot, Ted Turner, William Gates, Lee Iaccoca, among many others. For decades we believed, or it was assumed we believed, cliches such as “What’s good for General Motors is good for America."
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