ERIC Number: ED414664
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Nov-21
Interactive CD-ROM Technology for Family-Centered Augmentative and Alternative Communication Decision-Making across Cultures.
Parette, Howard P., Jr.
This paper highlights features of an interactive, bilingual CD-ROM currently under development that is designed to be used for augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) decision making with professionals and families of children with disabilities. The CD-ROM is scheduled for release in the spring of 1998 and will: (1) provide information and multimedia vignettes designed to sensitize related service personnel to child, AAC device, family/social, cultural, and system issues to consider regarding the selection and use of AAC devices; (2) provide structured procedures and checklists to use during the planning, implementation, and evaluation of the AAC devices; and (3) provide simulated practice in the use of procedures. These interactions are meant to assist personnel in schools and in state, federal, and private agencies and organizations to serve children with disabilities and their families appropriately. The paper discusses the data collection efforts prior to the development of the CD-ROM, the information and services that families of children with disabilities need, respecting family values and culture, and helping families use AAC devices. The features of the CD-ROM are explained and pictures of sample screens are provided. Appendix A provides a summary abstract of the background, data collection, and data analysis of the Department of Education Special Project on which the paper is based. (CR)
Descriptors: Augmentative and Alternative Communication, Communication Aids (for Disabled), Cultural Influences, Decision Making, Disabilities, Elementary Secondary Education, Family Involvement, Hypermedia, Language Minorities, Minority Group Children, Multilingual Materials, Optical Data Disks, Selection Tools
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Southeast Missouri State Univ., Cape Girardeau.
Note: Paper presented at The Council for Exceptional Children's Division for Early Childhood, International Early Childhood Conference on Children with Special Needs, (New Orleans, LA, November 21, 1997).