Acceptance of augmentative and alternative communication technology by persons with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

Laura J. Ball, David R. Beukelman, Gary L. Pattee

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Abstract

A review of the use of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) technology by 50 persons with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis was completed over the course of 4 years. Ninety-six percent of the participants in this study accepted AAC technology, either immediately (90%) or after some delay (6%), and only 4% (n = 2) rejected AAC technology. None of the participants discontinued use of their AAC technology. Reasons for acceptance decisions were discussed in interviews with study participants and the results are presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)113-122
Number of pages10
JournalAAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication
Volume20
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2004
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Adult motor speech disorders
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
  • Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC)
  • Dysarthria

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Speech and Hearing

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