Tele-Collaboration in Speech and Hearing Sciences: Augmentative and Alternative Communication


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*AAC Equipment Features
The key to success with AAC devices and low tech strategies is a thorough understanding of AAC "features".

Browse through the information here and learn how the features of a device or strategy can make it uniquely suited to an individual's needs.

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Selection Set Features
Here we cover the various selection sets (e.g. symbol or letter displays) and how they can make a communication method uniquely suited to a given individual.

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Output Features
This section will cover output options (e.g. voice output, visual displays) and how some options are essential for a given individual's communication needs.

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Vocabulary Features
The size and type of vocabulary vary tremendously among devices. These features are often crucial in determining whether a method is appropriate for a given individual.

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Access Features
The way in which a device or strategy can be accessed (e.g. keyboards versus single switch access) greatly affects AAC decision-making.

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Physical Features
The size and portability are just some of the characteristics of devices and strategies that can make them appropriate or inappropriate for an individual AAC user.

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University of Washington, Dept. of Speech & Hearing Sciences, Tele-Collaboration Project. 1999-2002, UW-SPHSC, including all photographs and images unless otherwise noted. Comments: tcollab@u.washington.edu. URL: http://depts.washington.edu/augcomm