Free ePrint available
Light and McNaughton apply the framework proposed by the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) to illustrate the need to re-think AAC intervention to improve outcomes for individuals with complex communication needs, and to foster a new generation of intervention research that will provide a solid foundation for improved services. Specifically, the paper emphasizes the need to take a more holistic view of communication intervention and highlights the following key principles to guide AAC intervention and research: (a) build on the individual's strengths and focus on the integration of skills to maximize communication, (b) focus on the individual's participation in real-world contexts, (c) address psychosocial factors as well as skills, and (d) attend to extrinsic environmental factors as well as intrinsic factors related to the individual who requires AAC.
Tracy Rackensperger describes the importance of AAC supports for her many employment, independent living, and recreational activities, and areas in which she would like to see improvements in AAC technology.
Rob Rummel-Hudson describe the dangers of limited expectations, and the importance of opportunities and equity, in achieving meaningful outcomes for his daughter, Schuyler.
Chris Klein describes how his regular use of a consistent access and vocabulary coding system has resulted in effective and efficient use of his AAC system.
Anthony Arnold describes his use of AAC to support full participation in employment, community living and recreation, and provides ideas for the future development of AAC technology.