Shared Responsibilities for Full Participation in Society: Planning Further Integration of the ICF Into AAC The World Health Organization's (WHO's) 2001 International Classification of Functioning Disability and Health (ICF) has as one of its central tenets the full inclusion of persons with disabilities in society. It acknowledges the need for medical and rehabilitation intervention in its biopscychosocial framework. However, the WHO realizes that society must ... Article
Article  |   November 14, 2016
Shared Responsibilities for Full Participation in Society: Planning Further Integration of the ICF Into AAC
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  • Mary Blake Huer
    Huer LLC, Carmel, IN
  • Travis T. Threats
    Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Saint Louis University, St. Louis, MO
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Augmentative & Alternative Communication / Part 3
Article   |   November 14, 2016
Shared Responsibilities for Full Participation in Society: Planning Further Integration of the ICF Into AAC
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, November 2016, Vol. 1, 83-93. doi:10.1044/persp1.SIG12.83
History: Received April 10, 2016 , Revised September 27, 2016 , Accepted September 29, 2016
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, November 2016, Vol. 1, 83-93. doi:10.1044/persp1.SIG12.83
History: Received April 10, 2016; Revised September 27, 2016; Accepted September 29, 2016

The World Health Organization's (WHO's) 2001 International Classification of Functioning Disability and Health (ICF) has as one of its central tenets the full inclusion of persons with disabilities in society. It acknowledges the need for medical and rehabilitation intervention in its biopscychosocial framework. However, the WHO realizes that society must do its part to facilitate this full participation and empowerment. Persons with complex communication needs (PWCCN) often need augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) in order to express themselves. However, in order to access and successfully use AAC, PWCCN need access to the necessary AAC devices and services, as well as a willing society to interact with them as full contributing members of society. The factors outside of a person's specific physical and/or cognitive functional limitations are addressed in the ICF via the Personal and Environmental Factors. Personal Factors include the individual's personality traits, lifestyle, experiences, social/educational/professional background, race, gender, and age. Environmental Factors include community support systems, social service agencies, governments, social networks, and those persons that interact with the PWCCN. This article addresses the sociopolitical influences on PWCCN and their functioning from a human rights perspective. The necessary introspective role of speech-language pathologists in this process is explored.

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