augmentative and alternative communication

“Even people who cannot speak should be able to make their voices heard”: Soliciting user feedback from people with severe speech and physical impairments

People with severe speech and physical impairments (SSPI) often have trouble communicating due to disabilities that affect their muscle control, such as cerebral palsy (CP), amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or stroke. These individuals can benefit greatly from augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) devices and programs that can translate typed text to speech, like the computer system used by astrophysicist Stephen Hawking who has ALS.


For People with ALS, Social Media Can Be a Key Communication Tool to Maintain Relationships and Expand Networks

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a nervous system disorder that interferes with how the brain and spine transmit signals to muscles and causes loss of motor function including mobility and speech. People with ALS (pALS) may experience such significant speech impairments that they cannot rely on their natural speech to meet their communication needs in face-to-face interactions.


RehabWire - Volume 11, Number 5, May 2009


Augmentative and Alternative Communication.

NIDRR research in AAC is funded primarily under the Technology for Access and Function Priority.

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