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Communication Assistive Technology

presented by Donna Case, PhD, OTL

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Financial: Donna Case receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. There is no financial interest beyond the production of this course.

Non-Financial: Donna Case has no competing non-financial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.

Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.

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Many individuals with disabilities experience social and community isolation. These individuals may experience difficulties in communicating with others. For some individuals with disabilities, communicating their wishes and needs gives them meaning. Communication can be verbal or written and is essential in sharing what an individual knows or wishes to know. This course will present an overview of communication and written exchange of information for individuals with disabilities, including augmentative and alternative communication, adaptions currently available through computer or tablet systems, and add-on apps or programs to facilitate various forms of communication.

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Donna Case, PhD, OTL

Donna Case, PhD, OTL, began her work with assistive technology more than 30 years ago when working with adults with significant multiple disabilities who had been removed from Michigan's State Institutions. She received a master's degree in Interdisciplinary Technology from Eastern Michigan University to facilitate her students' ability to interact in meaningful ways with their…

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1. Communication Overview

Communication is divided into receptive and expressive areas. Some individuals with disabilities have difficulties with reception while others have difficulties with expression. Assistive technology allows individuals with disabilities to communicate with family, friends, and other individuals within their environment.

2. Augmentative and Alternative Communication

Augmentative and alternative communication can allow an individual with a disability to exchange information with others. It can allow children to demonstrate knowledge, ask questions, and have some control in life.

3. Information and Communication AT Available on iOS or PC Devices

Written communication is important to individuals with a disability throughout the life span. There are many accessibility features built into the iOS and PC platforms that can transform the written communication options for individuals with disabilities.

4. Add-On Information and Communication Assistive Technology

Computers, tablets, and smart phones have many accessibility features built into them. However, at times there is a need for add-on assistive technology. This chapter will discuss various assistive technology options for information and communication.

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