ERIC Number: ED439541
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Culture, Families, and Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Impact: A Multimedia Instructional Program for Related Services Personnel and Family Members. Executive Summary and Final Report.
Parette, Howard P.; VanBiervliet, Alan
This report details the outcomes of a project designed to develop decision-making strategies and materials related to the prescription of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) devices for children with disabilities. The project resulted in the development of the first interactive, bilingual CD-ROM designed to be used by related services personnel, vendors, and family members from diverse cultures to develop competencies that assist in effective AAC decision-making. Instructional materials were developed to provide information and multimedia vignettes designed to sensitize related services personnel to child, AAC device, family/social, cultural, and system issues prior to the selection and use of AAC devices, provide structured procedures and checklists to use during the planning, implementation, and evaluation of AAC devices. Multimedia vignettes also provide simulated practice in the use of the procedures. These interactive materials will enable service providers to make the most appropriate decision about the prescription of AAC devices while balancing child, AAC device, family, cultural, and system resource considerations. The report includes a description of the different phases of the project, findings from family and professional focus groups that led to the development of the interactive materials, and information on project dissemination. (Contains over 150 references.) (Author/CR)
Descriptors: Assistive Devices (for Disabled), Audiovisual Instruction, Augmentative and Alternative Communication, Children, Communication Disorders, Computer Assisted Instruction, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Differences, Decision Making, Diversity (Student), Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Criteria, Family Role, Focus Groups, Multimedia Instruction, Related Services (Special Education), Selection, Severe Disabilities, Staff Role
For full text: http://cstl.semo.edu/parette/homepage/research.htm.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Southeast Missouri State Univ., Cape Girardeau.