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Listening to Adolescents who use AAC: Topics around social participation

Session 
8.2b
Research Stream
  • Amanda Hynan
Summary

My PhD research at Manchester Metropolitan University aims to explore how being an adolescent user of AAC shapes social participation; identify opportunities and challenges regarding social participation; and investigate how mainstream technology impacts on opportunities for social inclusion. My approach is constructivist and uses qualitative methods.

This paper will present initial findings from a focus group identifying issues judged to be important for further investigation by those who use AAC.

This paper will present initial findings from a focus group of people who use AAC to identify issues important for further investigation. Research with this population is limited and what exists is often sourced through family members or health professionals.

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