The Changing World of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC): Examining Three Realities Faced by Today's AAC Provider Purpose This article considers the following 3 realities facing augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) providers today: (a) Users are not homogeneous with respect to culture and language, (b) the traditional team-based AAC assessment process is not a necessary or preferred technology procurement route for many AAC users and ... Article
Article  |   August 15, 2018
The Changing World of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC): Examining Three Realities Faced by Today's AAC Provider
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Billy T. Ogletree
    Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC
  • Summer McMurry
    Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Greensboro, NC
  • Megan Schmidt
    Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Greensboro, NC
  • Kaylan Evans
    Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Greensboro, NC
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  • Financial: Billy T. Ogletree has no relevant financial interests to disclose. Summer McMurry has no relevant financial interests to disclose. Megan Schmidt has no relevant financial interests to disclose. Kaylan Evans has no relevant financial interests to disclose.
    Financial: Billy T. Ogletree has no relevant financial interests to disclose. Summer McMurry has no relevant financial interests to disclose. Megan Schmidt has no relevant financial interests to disclose. Kaylan Evans has no relevant financial interests to disclose.×
  • Nonfinancial: Billy T. Ogletree has no relevant nonfinancial interests to disclose. Summer McMurry has no relevant nonfinancial interests to disclose. Megan Schmidt has no relevant nonfinancial interests to disclose. Kaylan Evans has no relevant nonfinancial interests to disclose.
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Augmentative & Alternative Communication / Cultural & Linguistic Diversity / Part 3
Article   |   August 15, 2018
The Changing World of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC): Examining Three Realities Faced by Today's AAC Provider
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, August 2018, Vol. 3, 113-122. doi:10.1044/persp3.SIG12.113
History: Received April 3, 2018 , Revised June 13, 2018 , Accepted June 21, 2018
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, August 2018, Vol. 3, 113-122. doi:10.1044/persp3.SIG12.113
History: Received April 3, 2018; Revised June 13, 2018; Accepted June 21, 2018

Purpose This article considers the following 3 realities facing augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) providers today: (a) Users are not homogeneous with respect to culture and language, (b) the traditional team-based AAC assessment process is not a necessary or preferred technology procurement route for many AAC users and their stakeholders, and (c) commonly held assumptions about AAC symbol transparency and display are not supported by data and can limit the effectiveness of AAC users. These realities represent a subset of many current issues in AAC and emerged as the authors participated in a doctoral seminar addressing critical AAC practice trends. Ideas are presented, and new directions for AAC providers are recommended.

Conclusion AAC providers must be aware of and responsive to ever-changing practice realities in AAC.

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