Assistive Technology Outcomes and Benefits

Volume 15, Issue 1

“Assistive Technology for Communication”

The ability to communicate is a fundamental aspect of human behavior and although we typically think of speech (including synthetic speech) as the primary medium for transmitting ideas, technology allows us many other ways of interacting. From the simple phone call to the text message and the Facebook post to the Twitter comment, the ways in which people can communicate with each other has blossomed over the past 20 years. Individuals who have difficulty in accessing the myriad of media channels can benefit from assistive technology to help them take part in this wider world of human communion.

Volume 15 aims to explore how the technology can support various forms of communication through text, graphics, sounds, animations, symbols, etc. and create opportunities for people with wide range of needs. This issue also includes articles from the broad scope of assistive technology research as part of ATOB’s mission to bring together the latest research in assistive technology in its annual issue.

To address this interest, ATOB editors have brought together a series of thought-provoking articles that highlight AT and Communication.  These articles can inform policies and practice both at the national and local levels. The collection of articles included within Volume 15 of ATOB offers different perspectives on how AT can be used for communication with a variety of technologies across a broad range of environments.

Guest Editor: David McNaughton

David McNaughton, Ph.D is a Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology, Counseling, and Special Education at The Pennsylvania State University. He teaches classes on assistive technology, and augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). His current research interests include the development of vocational opportunities for individuals with severe disabilities, and literacy instruction for children with complex communication needs (CCN).

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Individual Articles


Learn more about the contents through an Introduction to ATOB Volume 15 by Editor-in-Chief, Anna (Anya) S. Evmenova, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Division of Special Education and disAbility Research,
George Mason University

ATOB Guest Editor Perspective from David McNaughton

Training Needs in Augmentative and Alternative Communication: A Virtual Roundtable Discussion

Amy Goldman, SLP-CCC1, Douglene Jackson, PhD, OTR/L, LMT, ATP2, Kanakavalli Kannan3, Catherine Kanter, SLP-CCC4, Chris Klein5, Sarah Marshall, SLP-CCC4, David McNaughton, PhD6, Diane Paul, SLP-CCC7, Tracy Rackensperger, PhD8, Gloria Soto, PhD9, and Carole Zangari, PhD10

1United States Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (USSAAC)
2Florida Occupational Therapy Association
3Family Resource Navigators
4Waisman Center Clinic, University of Wisconsin-Madison; ECHO AAC; AAC Partnership Program
5BeCome AAC
6Pennsylvania State University
7America Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
8University of Georgia Institute on Human Development and Disability
9San Francisco State University
10Nova Southeastern University

Voices from Academia

Initial Evaluation of the Project Core Implementation Model

Lori Geist, Karen Erickson, Claire Greer, and Penelope Hatch

Center for Literacy & Disability Studies, Department of Allied Health Sciences
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

A Model of AT and AAC Service for Adults with Developmental Disabilities

Ben Satterfield, Ed.D., Carolyn Phillips, M.Ed., CPACC, Ciara Montes, CRC,
DeeDee Bunn, CCC-SLP, Gina Gelinas, CCC-SLP, Martha Rust, ATP, CRC,
Patricia Griffiths, Ph.D., Rachel Wilson, COTA/L, and Sarah Endicott, OT

Center for Inclusive Design and Innovation, Georgia Institute of Technology

Eye-Gaze Access and Cortical Visual Impairment: A Case Study

Corinne Walker and Jane Wegner

The University of Kansas

Voices from the Field

Promoting System Change for Communication Access in Acute Care Hospitals

Rachel Santiago, M.S., CCC-SLP1,4, Jessica Gormley, PhD, CCC-SLP2,4, Tami Altschuler, M.A., CCC-SLP3,4, Michelle Howard, M.S., CCC-SLP1,4, Harvey Pressman4, and Sarah Blackstone, PhD, CCC-SLP4

1Department of Otolaryngology and Communication Enhancement; Inpatient Augmentative Communication Program, Boston Children’s Hospital
2Speech-Language Pathology Department, Munroe-Meyer Institute, University of Nebraska Medical Center
3Department of Speech-Language Pathology, Rusk Rehabilitation, New York University Langone Medical Center
4Patient-Provider Communication Forum

Partnering to Create a Core Communication Board to Improve Theater Experiences

Lauren Tucker, Ed.D.

Southern Connecticut State University

Benefits of Smart Home Technology for Individuals Living with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

Kristin E. Wallock, OTD, OTR/L1 and Shana L. Cerny, OTD, OTR/L, BCP2

1Parkinson’s Foundation
2University of South Dakota

The authors and ATOB Editorial Board hope that you find these articles useful for your work and advocacy efforts. Many thanks to our ATOB Volume 15 Reviewers – we appreciate your hard work and dedication.