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Acquired conditions and use of AAC/AT

  • Sarah Blackstone

This session focuses on the use of AAC/AT with people who acquire severe communication impairments as adults or adolescents.

Drawing from current research and a plethora of published information, we will discuss AAC intervention strategies, techniques, and technologies that can support daily communication needs. We will also consider how AAC/AT strategies can be effective in the daily lives of people in an ICU or other hospital settings, as well as with individuals who have chronic aphasia, brainstem impairment, traumatic brain injury or progressive conditions, such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, multiple sclerosis and dementia.

Finally, we will discuss the key role the AAC community must play to ensure that all individuals have access to AAC/AT and mainstream technologies and strategies so they can meet ongoing communication needs and express their authentic selves, take on meaningful social roles, and maintain key relationships over time.

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