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Using AAC with Deaf People with Additional Needs

  • Jackie Barker
  • Alli Gaskin
  • Liz Hibbert

This presentation will look at the challenges faced by three very different people learning to use AAC. All are deaf with additional needs. The case-studies will look at how AAC was adapted to better meet their needs as deaf people.

Oliver is a deaf teenager who has physical and learning disabilities; he uses a high tech communication aid. Stephen is a young deaf man with learning disabilities who is also diagnosed with autism; he uses signing and a communication book. Jamie is a deaf child with severe visual impairment and learning disabilities; he uses a small number of signs and pictures.

The case-studies will explore the impact of deafness on their development of aided communication. It will also consider the impact of their additional disabilities on their development of unaided (signed) communication.

Level of Session 
Age Group 
All Ages