ERIC Number: ED424705
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Oct-26
Culture, Families, and Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Impact: A Multimedia Instructional Program for Related Services Personnel and Family Members. Focus Group and Structured Interview Approaches and Proceedings, 12/20/95-8/15/96.
Parette, Howard P.; VanBiervliet, Alan; Wommack, Julia
This project investigated the different perspectives of families from diverse backgrounds on augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). The transcripts from the focus groups and individual interviews at five national sites conducted from December 1995 to August 1996 are provided. The following focus groups were held: (1) family involvement with AAC devices; (2) parents of children using AAC devices; (3) related services personnel working with Navajos; (4) vendors of AAC devices; (5) related services personnel; (6) families without AAC devices; (7) families with AAC devices; (8) vendors of augmentative communication; (9) parents having AAC devices; (10) Vietnamese parents of children with disabilities; (11) Chinese families of children with disabilities; (12) Hispanic families with AAC devices; (13) Hispanic families without AAC devices; and (14) related services personnel servicing predominately Hispanic/Latino populations. Transcripts are also included of structured interviews with Navajo families, family members of a child without an AAC device, a Dutch family of a child with a disability; and an African-American family with a child with a disability. Each transcript is prefaced by background information and synthesis statements. Appendices include assessment forms and specific questions for professional and family groups. (CR)
Descriptors: American Indians, Asian Americans, Assistive Devices (for Disabled), Augmentative and Alternative Communication, Blacks, Children, Cultural Differences, Decision Making, Disabilities, Family Involvement, Focus Groups, Hispanic Americans, Interviews, Minority Group Children, Paraprofessional Personnel, Parent Attitudes, Parent Child Relationship, Professional Personnel
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Southeast Missouri State Univ., Cape Girardeau.