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Getting your wheel in the door: Successful full-time employment experiences of individuals with cerebral palsy who use augmentative and alternative communication

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TitleGetting your wheel in the door: Successful full-time employment experiences of individuals with cerebral palsy who use augmentative and alternative communication
Publication TypeJournal Article
AbstractEight individuals with cerebral palsy who use augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) and were employed full time participated in a focus group discussion that was conducted on the Internet. Six major themes emerged from the discussion: (a) descriptions of employment activities, (b) benefits of employment and reasons for being employed, (c) negative impacts resulting from employment, (d) barriers to employment, (e) supports required for employment, and (f) recommendations for improving employment outcomes for individuals with cerebral palsy who use AAC. Factors identified as key to preparation for successful employment included appropriate education and vocational experiences. Community networks, government policies, and computer technology were identified as important supports for obtaining employment. Personal characteristics, technology, supportive coworkers, personal care assistance, and family supports were described as important supports for maintaining employment.
AuthorsMcNaughton, D B., Light J. C., and Arnold K.
Year of Publication2002
Date PublishedJun
PublicationAugmentative and Alternative Communication
Volume18
Issue2
Pages59-76.
ISBN0743 4618
Publisher DOIhttp://informahealthcare.com/doi/abs/10.1080/07434610212331281171
NotesAugmentative and Alternative Communication, 2002, Vol. 18, No. 2 : Pages 59-76 ‘Getting your wheel in the door’: successful full-time employment experiences of individuals with cerebral palsy who use Augmentative and Alternative Communication David McNaughton, Janice Light, and Kara Arnold (doi: 10.1080/07434610212331281171)
Keywords (MeSH)cerebral palsy, communication, employment, focus groups
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