Challenges and opportunities in augmentative and alternative communication: Research and technology development to enhance communication and participation for individuals with complex communication needs

Janice Light, David McNaughton, David Beukelman, Susan Koch Fager, Melanie Fried-Oken, Thomas Jakobs, Erik Jakobs

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

1 Citation (Scopus)

Abstract

The field of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) has witnessed significant changes since its inception. AAC services are now considered for a much greater number of individuals with complex communication needs and there are many more AAC options available as communication supports, including a proliferation of technologies. The scope and options for communication within society have increased substantially to include a wide array of digital and social media. Individuals with complex communication needs have increased expectations for participation and engagement across a full range of environments—education, employment, family, healthcare, and community living. Despite these advances, there remain critical challenges that must be addressed. This paper discusses key advances in the AAC field, delineates challenges, and discusses future directions to address these challenges, specifically as they relate to research and development to enhance AAC interventions and technologies for individuals with complex communication needs and their families.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalAAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2019

Fingerprint

Communication
Research
Industrial Development
Social Media
Technology
Delivery of Health Care

Keywords

  • AAC
  • assistive technology
  • disability
  • research and development

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Speech and Hearing

Cite this

@article{b4f98d3ca8f84619a9acae81ec5f976c,
title = "Challenges and opportunities in augmentative and alternative communication: Research and technology development to enhance communication and participation for individuals with complex communication needs",
abstract = "The field of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) has witnessed significant changes since its inception. AAC services are now considered for a much greater number of individuals with complex communication needs and there are many more AAC options available as communication supports, including a proliferation of technologies. The scope and options for communication within society have increased substantially to include a wide array of digital and social media. Individuals with complex communication needs have increased expectations for participation and engagement across a full range of environments—education, employment, family, healthcare, and community living. Despite these advances, there remain critical challenges that must be addressed. This paper discusses key advances in the AAC field, delineates challenges, and discusses future directions to address these challenges, specifically as they relate to research and development to enhance AAC interventions and technologies for individuals with complex communication needs and their families.",
keywords = "AAC, assistive technology, disability, research and development",
author = "Janice Light and David McNaughton and David Beukelman and Fager, {Susan Koch} and Melanie Fried-Oken and Thomas Jakobs and Erik Jakobs",
year = "2019",
month = "1",
day = "1",
doi = "10.1080/07434618.2018.1556732",
language = "English (US)",
journal = "AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication",
issn = "0743-4618",
publisher = "Informa Healthcare",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - Challenges and opportunities in augmentative and alternative communication

T2 - Research and technology development to enhance communication and participation for individuals with complex communication needs

AU - Light, Janice

AU - McNaughton, David

AU - Beukelman, David

AU - Fager, Susan Koch

AU - Fried-Oken, Melanie

AU - Jakobs, Thomas

AU - Jakobs, Erik

PY - 2019/1/1

Y1 - 2019/1/1

N2 - The field of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) has witnessed significant changes since its inception. AAC services are now considered for a much greater number of individuals with complex communication needs and there are many more AAC options available as communication supports, including a proliferation of technologies. The scope and options for communication within society have increased substantially to include a wide array of digital and social media. Individuals with complex communication needs have increased expectations for participation and engagement across a full range of environments—education, employment, family, healthcare, and community living. Despite these advances, there remain critical challenges that must be addressed. This paper discusses key advances in the AAC field, delineates challenges, and discusses future directions to address these challenges, specifically as they relate to research and development to enhance AAC interventions and technologies for individuals with complex communication needs and their families.

AB - The field of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) has witnessed significant changes since its inception. AAC services are now considered for a much greater number of individuals with complex communication needs and there are many more AAC options available as communication supports, including a proliferation of technologies. The scope and options for communication within society have increased substantially to include a wide array of digital and social media. Individuals with complex communication needs have increased expectations for participation and engagement across a full range of environments—education, employment, family, healthcare, and community living. Despite these advances, there remain critical challenges that must be addressed. This paper discusses key advances in the AAC field, delineates challenges, and discusses future directions to address these challenges, specifically as they relate to research and development to enhance AAC interventions and technologies for individuals with complex communication needs and their families.

KW - AAC

KW - assistive technology

KW - disability

KW - research and development

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=85060175842&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=85060175842&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1080/07434618.2018.1556732

DO - 10.1080/07434618.2018.1556732

M3 - Article

JO - AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication

JF - AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication

SN - 0743-4618

ER -