ERIC Number: ED359703
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-May
Is Communication Really the Point? Some Thoughts on Where We've Been and Where We Might Want To Go.
Ferguson, Dianne L.
This paper presents a brief history of communication intervention and describes recent developments which have brought about shifts in intervention focus, perspectives, and strategies, especially with people having severe disabilities. In examining how communication is important to a good quality of life, the paper points out that the real point of communication is membership in society. The concept of membership is explored, including the ways in which individuals construct stories that make the communication acts of individuals with severe disabilities commonplace and socially valuable. The paper concludes that efforts to foster communication should shift to making sure that these efforts actually result in individuals achieving social membership. (Contains 20 references or suggested resources.) (Author/DB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: Kupper, Lisa, Ed. The National Symposium on Effective Communication for Children and Youth with Severe Disabilities (2nd, McLean, Virginia, July 10-12, 1992): Topic Papers, Reader's Guide & Videotape. p281-299. See EC 302 252.