AAC Evaluations and New Mobile Technologies: Asking and Answering the Right Questions The latest mobile technology options have heightened the interest in AAC today. Due to the ease of access and the availability of this technology, there are considerably more device choices available for persons with complex communication needs (CCN). There is an opportunity to build upon the enthusiasm surrounding these new ... Article
Article  |   April 01, 2011
AAC Evaluations and New Mobile Technologies: Asking and Answering the Right Questions
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  • Debby McBride
    AAC TechConnect, Inc., Boulder Community Hospital, Evergreen, CO
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Article   |   April 01, 2011
AAC Evaluations and New Mobile Technologies: Asking and Answering the Right Questions
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, April 2011, Vol. 20, 9-16. doi:10.1044/aac20.1.9
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, April 2011, Vol. 20, 9-16. doi:10.1044/aac20.1.9
Abstract

The latest mobile technology options have heightened the interest in AAC today. Due to the ease of access and the availability of this technology, there are considerably more device choices available for persons with complex communication needs (CCN). There is an opportunity to build upon the enthusiasm surrounding these new mobile technologies by including all stakeholders in the AAC evaluation process. The clinician needs to ensure the use of sound AAC evaluation principles and procedures and prioritize the individual needs of the communicator. Recommendations about the use of an AAC high-tech device should flow from the evaluation and feature-matching process. The purpose of this paper is to suggest new ways to revisit the basics of a comprehensive AAC evaluation in order to better ensure that individuals who use AAC are being provided with the tools and features they need.

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