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Multiple modalities are essential
Speech Output is heavily emphasized in AAC but it is not the only necessary
method of communication. Consider these arguments for multiple modalities:
Multiple modalities are natural in a bilingual environment
Adrienne chooses the best modality depending upon whether
the partner speaks English or Spanish, is familiar or unfamiliar.
Multiple modalities can help enhance conversation
Jeff uses a letter board for occasional speech supplementation to
guide his listeners when they don’t understand his speech. This
is in addition to his use of a voice output device and a desktop computer.
Multiple modalities of communication are natural
Michael Williams speaks eloquently about many aspects of AAC, including
the value of using all the tools in his "assistive technology
arsenal" for different partners or different purposes.
Printed output is essential for a shopping list
Sharon and Alan King use printed output from a device to
get help with grocery shopping from a store employee.
AAC users need access to cell phones
Scott Palm advocates for cell phones as an essential communication
technology for individuals using AAC.