AAC and ICF: A good fit to emphasize outcomes

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TitleAAC and ICF: A good fit to emphasize outcomes
Publication TypeJournal Article
Type of WorkEditorial
AbstractThis issue of journal AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication aims to address the participation strengths and challenges of children and adults with complex communication needs (CCN). This issue also discusses many uses of the International Classification of Function, Disability and Health (ICF) and its Children and Youth version (ICFC-Y) by the AAC community, for research for service delivery for policy implications in special education, and for people of all ages who experience complex communication needs. The examples of ICF applications in AAC are related to both of the aims of the ICF, namely the use of the ICF as a universal language and to broaden the scope of desired outcomes of AAC intervention. The examples provided indicate that the ICF and ICF-CY are tools for facilitating inter-professional communication through the common language of the ICF codes, as well as tools for broadening AAC interventions to more thoroughly include participation outcomes. The ICF now exists in its first version; the supplementary WHO International Classification of Diseases (ICD-10) will soon be published in its 11th version. Researchers and professionals in AAC can take part in developing not only a new and better version of ICF, but also in developing applications of the ICF and ICF-CY that are fully adapted for use by individuals with complex communication needs who rely on AAC.
AuthorsFried-Oken, M., and Granlund M.
Year of Publication2012
Date PublishedMar
PublicationAAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication
ISSN0743-4618 (print), 1477-3848 (electronic)
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Keywords (MeSH)adolescent, adult, child, communication, education, international classification of diseases, language, policy, research