Toward an Understanding of the Interplay Between Culture, Language, and Augmentative and Alternative Communication The discovery of appropriate forms and function for linguistic competence in augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) is linked to an understanding of the complexity of culture, cultural choices, the impact of acculturation on practices, societal norms and perceptions, and persons' with complex communication needs (PWCCN) basic human rights to full ... Article
Article  |   September 01, 2008
Toward an Understanding of the Interplay Between Culture, Language, and Augmentative and Alternative Communication
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  • Mary Blake Huer
    Dean of College of Health Sciences, University of Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN
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Article   |   September 01, 2008
Toward an Understanding of the Interplay Between Culture, Language, and Augmentative and Alternative Communication
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, September 2008, Vol. 17, 113-119. doi:10.1044/aac17.3.113
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, September 2008, Vol. 17, 113-119. doi:10.1044/aac17.3.113
Abstract

The discovery of appropriate forms and function for linguistic competence in augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) is linked to an understanding of the complexity of culture, cultural choices, the impact of acculturation on practices, societal norms and perceptions, and persons' with complex communication needs (PWCCN) basic human rights to full inclusion in social, educational, economic, and personal experiences on an everyday basis. This article focuses on these topics in order to promote further discussion regarding the influence of culture on the practice of AAC.

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