ERIC Number: ED339152
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Augmentative and Alternative Communication. Tech Use Guide: Using Computer Technology.
This guide outlines who may benefit from augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) approaches, such as individuals with speech handicaps, visual impairments, physical disabilities, and cognitive impairments. The guide distinguishes between "low tech" approaches such as signal systems and communication boards and "high tech" approaches which have large vocabularies, output displays, speech output, advanced input modes, rate enhancement techniques, and customizability. The importance of an ongoing, integrated process of AAC assessment and intervention is discussed, and crucial intervention issues are noted, including training on interaction strategies, promoting language and literacy skills, and selecting vocabulary. A list of organizational resources, journals/newsletters, products, and 13 suggested readings is appended. (JDD)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Council for Exceptional Children, Reston, VA. Center for Special Education Technology.