Adult Newsletter 20 - Access Before Language: Selection Methods Part 1

Have you ever thought about what it would be like to participate in daily, routine activities without the use of your upper or lower extremities? How would you get dressed? How would you dial your phone? You might be thinking, while this would be challenging, I could still “ask” for help. So, what if, in addition to the loss of your ability to control your extremities, you lost the ability to speak? Now think of an individual with a severe communication impairment who uses a communication device to talk. Before they can communicate a message, they must be able to access the language on their device. Access comes before language. It is a crucial aspect of using any AAC system, especially for someone who is physically challenged. In this newsletter, we will discuss the role of access for the augmented communicator.

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