Young adults with complex communication needs: Research and development in AAC for a diverse population

David McNaughton, Diane Bryen, Sarah Blackstone, Michael Williams, Pamela Kennedy

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Abstract

A successful transition to adult society requires attention to four major goals: (a) have a safe and supportive place to live; (b) participate in meaningful activities; (c) maintain access to needed services; and (d) develop friendships and intimate relationships. For young adults with complex communication needs (CCN), access to augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) plays a critical role in the achievement of these valued outcomes. This article discusses what is known about the use of AAC to support communication by young adults with CCN, and identifies areas for future research and development in AAC technology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)45-53
Number of pages9
JournalAssistive Technology
Volume24
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation

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