Practical Resources for Provision of Services to Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Users of AAC According to the 2010 U.S. Census, over 20% of Americans speak a language other than English in the home, with Spanish, Chinese, and French being the languages most commonly spoken, aside from English. However, few augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) systems offer multilingual support for individuals with limited functional speech. ... Article
Article  |   April 01, 2015
Practical Resources for Provision of Services to Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Users of AAC
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Elena Dukhovny
    Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders, California State University East Bay, Hayward, CA
  • E. Betsy Kelly
    Kelly Communication Therapy, Communicative Disorders, Fairfax, California
  • Financial Disclosure: Elena Dukhovny is an assistant professor at California State University East Bay. E. Betsy Kelly is a speech-language pathologist and AAC therapist at Kelly Communication Therapy.
    Financial Disclosure: Elena Dukhovny is an assistant professor at California State University East Bay. E. Betsy Kelly is a speech-language pathologist and AAC therapist at Kelly Communication Therapy.×
  • Nonfinancial Disclosure: Elena Dukhovny has previously published in the subject area. E. Betsy Kelly has no nonfinancial interests related to the content of this article.
    Nonfinancial Disclosure: Elena Dukhovny has previously published in the subject area. E. Betsy Kelly has no nonfinancial interests related to the content of this article.×
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Article   |   April 01, 2015
Practical Resources for Provision of Services to Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Users of AAC
SIG 14 Perspectives on Communication Disorders and Sciences in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CLD) Populations, April 2015, Vol. 22, 25-39. doi:10.1044/cds22.1.25
SIG 14 Perspectives on Communication Disorders and Sciences in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CLD) Populations, April 2015, Vol. 22, 25-39. doi:10.1044/cds22.1.25

According to the 2010 U.S. Census, over 20% of Americans speak a language other than English in the home, with Spanish, Chinese, and French being the languages most commonly spoken, aside from English. However, few augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) systems offer multilingual support for individuals with limited functional speech. There has been much discussion in the AAC community about best practices in AAC system design and intervention strategies, but limited resources exist to help us provide robust, flexible systems for users who speak languages other than English. We must provide services that take into consideration the unique needs of culturally and linguistically diverse users of AAC and help them reach their full communication potential. This article outlines basic guidelines for best practices in AAC design and selection, and presents practical applications of these best practices to multilingual/multicultural clients.

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