Disaster Preparedness Individuals with complex communication needs are particularly vulnerable in disaster situations. This paper will describe a community outreach program developed to provide emergency preparedness training for children with complex communication needs. Goals are to acquaint participants with the challenges faced by individuals who used AAC in previous disasters, describe how ... Article
Article  |   December 01, 2010
Disaster Preparedness
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  • Emily Quinn
    Children's National Medical Center, Washington, D.C.
  • Sheela L. Stuart
    Children's National Medical Center, Washington, D.C.
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Development / Augmentative & Alternative Communication / Attention, Memory & Executive Functions / Articles
Article   |   December 01, 2010
Disaster Preparedness
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, December 2010, Vol. 19, 120-123. doi:10.1044/aac19.4.120
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, December 2010, Vol. 19, 120-123. doi:10.1044/aac19.4.120
Abstract

Individuals with complex communication needs are particularly vulnerable in disaster situations. This paper will describe a community outreach program developed to provide emergency preparedness training for children with complex communication needs. Goals are to acquaint participants with the challenges faced by individuals who used AAC in previous disasters, describe how community education has increased the capacity of stakeholders, and facilitate discussion regarding the application of training programs in additional communities.

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