Culture, Families, and Augmentative and Alternative Communication Impact Four years ago, the U.S. Department of Education funded a Special Project to develop a bilingual CD-ROM focusing on the AAC decision-making process for children with disabilities across cultures (Parette & VanBiervliet, 1995). A conceptual underpinning of the project was the recognition that related services personnel and vendors had ... Article
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Culture, Families, and Augmentative and Alternative Communication Impact
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  • Howard P. Parette
    Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau, MO
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Article   |   June 01, 2000
Culture, Families, and Augmentative and Alternative Communication Impact
Perspectives on Communication Disorders and Sciences in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Populations, June 2000, Vol. 6, 3-6. doi:10.1044/cds6.2.3
Perspectives on Communication Disorders and Sciences in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Populations, June 2000, Vol. 6, 3-6. doi:10.1044/cds6.2.3
Four years ago, the U.S. Department of Education funded a Special Project to develop a bilingual CD-ROM focusing on the AAC decision-making process for children with disabilities across cultures (Parette & VanBiervliet, 1995). A conceptual underpinning of the project was the recognition that related services personnel and vendors had historically given little attention to cultural diversity and the impact of AAC devices and services on family functioning prior or subsequent to the introduction of AAC devices. For instance, the demands placed on families to attend training sessions and the stress and changes in family routines often resulted in the provision of ineffective AAC services.
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