Legal Aspects of AAC In The Workplace Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) devices have long been recognized as tools that can improve the ability of people with disabilities to secure and maintain employment and to increase their productivity (Blackstone, 1993; LaPlante, 1993; Rehabilitation Act, 1973a). Many factors significantly influence the work opportunities and experiences of a ... Article
Article  |   March 01, 1997
Legal Aspects of AAC In The Workplace
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Article   |   March 01, 1997
Legal Aspects of AAC In The Workplace
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, March 1997, Vol. 6, 7-10. doi:10.1044/aac6.1.7
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, March 1997, Vol. 6, 7-10. doi:10.1044/aac6.1.7
Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) devices have long been recognized as tools that can improve the ability of people with disabilities to secure and maintain employment and to increase their productivity (Blackstone, 1993; LaPlante, 1993; Rehabilitation Act, 1973a).
Many factors significantly influence the work opportunities and experiences of a person who requires an AAC device. These include:
The first four factors are issues of access to public and/or private benefits or funding programs. The legal issue is: Does any funding or benefits program have a legally enforceable duty to provide these services? As explained in this article, for all of these services, the answer is “yes.”
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