Alternative Access for Adults Who Rely on Augmentative and Alternative Communication Individuals with complex communication needs and severe physical impairment often require the use of alternative access options to control speech-generating devices and other communication support technologies. For those with severe physical impairments, access options have expanded and improved substantially. This article will describe some of the advances in access technology ... Article
Article  |   March 14, 2018
Alternative Access for Adults Who Rely on Augmentative and Alternative Communication
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Susan Koch Fager
    Communication Center of Excellence, Institute for Rehabilitation Science and Engineering, Madonna Rehabilitation Hospitals, Lincoln, NE
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  • Financial: This article was developed, in part, under a grant from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR Grant 90RE5017-02-01)
    Financial: This article was developed, in part, under a grant from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR Grant 90RE5017-02-01)×
  • Nonfinancial: Portions of this data were previously presented at the 2016 annual convention of the Rehabilitation Engineering Society of North America/National Coalition for Assistive and Rehab Technology and the 2016 annual convention of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
    Nonfinancial: Portions of this data were previously presented at the 2016 annual convention of the Rehabilitation Engineering Society of North America/National Coalition for Assistive and Rehab Technology and the 2016 annual convention of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.×
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Augmentative & Alternative Communication / Part 1
Article   |   March 14, 2018
Alternative Access for Adults Who Rely on Augmentative and Alternative Communication
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, March 2018, Vol. 3, 6-12. doi:10.1044/persp3.SIG12.6
History: Received September 15, 2017 , Revised January 8, 2018 , Accepted January 11, 2018
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, March 2018, Vol. 3, 6-12. doi:10.1044/persp3.SIG12.6
History: Received September 15, 2017; Revised January 8, 2018; Accepted January 11, 2018

Individuals with complex communication needs and severe physical impairment often require the use of alternative access options to control speech-generating devices and other communication support technologies. For those with severe physical impairments, access options have expanded and improved substantially. This article will describe some of the advances in access technology already being employed as access solutions to speech-generating devices and highlight areas for future advancement and refinement of access technologies.

Acknowledgments
This article was developed, in part, under a grant from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR Grant 90RE5017-02-01). NIDILRR is a center within the Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services. The contents of this article do not necessarily represent the policy of NIDILRR, the Administration for Community Living, and the Department of Health and Human Services, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.
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