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Post-school quality of life (short summary)

This paper reports the results of surveys and interviews about the experiences of young people with complex communication needs after they leave school. The eight young people in this study all used an AAC device whilst in school, however, only one continued to do so after leaving school. Overall, the young people were found to be out of employment or education, to lack personal resources and to require better access to communication support services.

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Post-school quality of life (summary)

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Background Evaluations of post-school outcomes for young people with disabilities have shown that they drop out of school more frequently than their non-disabled peers, rarely enrol in post-secondary education and often experience unemployment and poverty. However, many people with disabilities also report satisfaction with the people in their lives, participation in various recreational activities and a sense of optimism about the future. Unfortunately, this literature rarely addresses outcomes for individuals with complex communication needs who use AAC.

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Using AAC to communicate with medical staff (short summary)

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The authors used semi structured interviews and a focus group to find out how people who use AAC felt about communication with primary health care staff e.g. GPs. They found that AAC users felt it was easier to communicate with doctors who were specialists or who had known them for a long time than with those who were less familiar with AAC systems.

They concluded that everyone involved in these consultations needed to take time to prepare and that there is a need for on-going communication training for doctors throughout their careers.


Added to site January 2014

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Using AAC to communicate with medical staff (summary)

What was the aim of the study? The study aimed to find out about the experiences of people who use AAC in communicating with primary care health professionals (e.g.GPs).

Why was the paper written? There is evidence that people with disabilities are less likely than the population in general to use primary or preventative health care services. The authors wanted to find out about AAC users experiences of non-hospital based healthcare and identify any barriers to effective communication and strategies used to overcome these.

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Emily's story about making new friends

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Emily, is 7 years old. She goes to a special school miles from home. She loves school and has lots of friends there. She is one of two children who use a communication aid in school. Her LSA and teacher are really pleased with her use of the machine, saying ‘we don’t notice she is using her aid because it is just her voice’. She has it with her all the time.

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Terry using a communication aid after a stroke

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Terry, aged 35 years had a stroke two years ago. Following the stroke she was not able to walk, her right side paralysed; and she could not say any words at all.

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