Attitudes Toward Individuals Who use Augmentative and Alternative Communication: Research ReviewBy McCarthy, John; Light, Janice; Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), Vol. 21, No. 1, pp. 41-55
Publication Date: March 2005
Paper discusses research findings from a review of 13 studies of attitudes toward individuals who use augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). Three factors that were found to have a significant impact on attitudes were identified: (1) characteristics of typically developing individuals, (2) characteristics of people using AAC, and (3) characteristics of the output of AAC systems. Female respondents were found to have more positive attitudes regarding individuals who use AAC, while all respondents who reported having experience with people with disabilities were found to have more positive attitudes than those who did not. The actual AAC system utilized by the individual was not found to have as significant an impact as the previously mentioned factors. Implications for further research are discussed.
Published by: International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ISAAC) (Website:http://www.isaac-online.org)