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Tele-AAC Resolution.

Anderson, Kate and Boisvert, Michelle K and Doneski-Nicol, Janis and Gutmann, Michelle L and Hall, Nerissa C and Morelock, Cynthia and Steele, Richard and Cohn, Ellen R (2012) Tele-AAC Resolution. Int J Telerehabil, 4 (2). 79 - 82. ISSN 1945-2020

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Abstract

Approximately 1.3% of all people, or about 4 million Americans, cannot rely on their natural speech to meet their daily communication needs. Telepractice offers a potentially cost-effective service delivery mechanism to provide clinical AAC services at a distance to the benefit of underserved populations in the United States and worldwide. Tele-AAC is a unique cross-disciplinary clinical service delivery model that requires expertise in both telepractice and augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) systems. The Tele-AAC Working Group of the 2012 ISAAC Research Symposium therefore drafted a resolution underscoring the importance of identifying and characterizing the unique opportunities and constraints of Tele-AAC in all aspects of service delivery. These include, but are not limited to: needs assessments; implementation planning; device/system procurement, set-up and training; quality assurance, client progress monitoring, and follow-up service delivery. Tele-AAC, like other telepractice applications, requires adherence to the ASHA Code of Ethics and other policy documents, and state, federal, and international laws, as well as a competent technological infrastructure. The Working Group recommends that institutions of higher education and professional organizations provide training in Tele-AAC service provision. In addition, research and development are needed to create validity measures across Tele-AAC practices (i.e., assessment, implementation, and consultation); determine the communication competence levels achieved by Tele-AAC users; discern stakeholders' perceptions of Tele-AAC services (e.g., acceptability and viability); maximize Tele-AAC's capacity to engage multiple team members in AAC assessment and ongoing service; identify the limitations and barriers of Tele-AAC provision; and develop potential solutions.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
Creators/Authors:
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Anderson, Kate
Boisvert, Michelle K
Doneski-Nicol, Janis
Gutmann, Michelle L
Hall, Nerissa C
Morelock, Cynthia
Steele, Richard
Cohn, Ellen Recohn@pitt.eduECOHN
Date: 2012
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: Int J Telerehabil
Volume: 4
Number: 2
Page Range: 79 - 82
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.5195/ijt.2012.6106
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), Tele-AAC, telepractice
ISSN: 1945-2020
Date Deposited: 12 Mar 2013 19:29
Last Modified: 03 Dec 2017 00:55
URI: http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/id/eprint/17652

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