AAC in Developing Countries: The Centre for AAC at the University of Pretoria, South Africa One of the most challenging issues in promoting AAC intervention within developing country contexts is undoubtedly the integration of a specialized service like AAC intervention within the broader social, economical and health sphere within these countries (Rifkin & Walt, 1986). Poverty, the high incidence of HIV/AIDS infections, and disempowered families ... Article
Article  |   August 01, 2003
AAC in Developing Countries: The Centre for AAC at the University of Pretoria, South Africa
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  • Erna Alant
    University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa
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Article   |   August 01, 2003
AAC in Developing Countries: The Centre for AAC at the University of Pretoria, South Africa
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, August 2003, Vol. 12, 6-8. doi:10.1044/aac12.3.6
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, August 2003, Vol. 12, 6-8. doi:10.1044/aac12.3.6
One of the most challenging issues in promoting AAC intervention within developing country contexts is undoubtedly the integration of a specialized service like AAC intervention within the broader social, economical and health sphere within these countries (Rifkin & Walt, 1986). Poverty, the high incidence of HIV/AIDS infections, and disempowered families provide a great challenge to any sustainable intervention (World Bank, 2002). This context, however, strongly emphasizes the limitations of a medical model in trying to deal with issues surrounding quality of life (WHO, 2001; Zekovic & Renwick, 2003). One-on-one intervention, or even parent-child intervention, often proves to be difficult to justify, as long-term impact is questionable due to limited financial resources and a limited supporte structure for implementation (Burkey, 1993).
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