A Cultural Bases to Develop Strong Advocates for Client and Family Involvement In the Speech-Generated Device Evaluation and Funding Process This article describes information that speech-language pathologists (SLPs) should be aware of in order to serve as strong advocates in assisting families with users of augmentative and alternative Communication to obtain evaluations and funding for SGDs. Cultural knowledge and awareness is important in providing competent service delivery. Awareness of concerns ... Article
Article  |   September 01, 2015
A Cultural Bases to Develop Strong Advocates for Client and Family Involvement In the Speech-Generated Device Evaluation and Funding Process
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  • Ovetta Harris
    Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Howard University, Washington, DC
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Article   |   September 01, 2015
A Cultural Bases to Develop Strong Advocates for Client and Family Involvement In the Speech-Generated Device Evaluation and Funding Process
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, September 2015, Vol. 24, 142-146. doi:10.1044/aac24.4.142
History: Received October 15, 2015 , Revised November 6, 2015 , Accepted November 6, 2015
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, September 2015, Vol. 24, 142-146. doi:10.1044/aac24.4.142
History: Received October 15, 2015; Revised November 6, 2015; Accepted November 6, 2015

This article describes information that speech-language pathologists (SLPs) should be aware of in order to serve as strong advocates in assisting families with users of augmentative and alternative Communication to obtain evaluations and funding for SGDs. Cultural knowledge and awareness is important in providing competent service delivery. Awareness of concerns of many culturally diverse individuals seeking an SGD is discussed, as well as conditions that necessitate the SLP serving as a strong advocate for families with funding needs.

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