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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 NEW!
Adrienne chooses the best modality depending upon whether the partner speaks English or Spanish, is familiar or unfamiliar.

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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.

Jeff is shown seated in front of a class
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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.

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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.

A printout showing a grocery list
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AAC users need access to cell phones
Scott Palm advocates for cell phones as an essential communication technology for individuals using AAC.

Scott is shown about to speak at DSHS
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