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Open Access Honors Program Thesis

First Advisor

Ken Bleile

Keywords

Communication devices for people with disabilities--Technological innovations; Voice output communication aids;

Abstract

Communication is extremely important to our livelihood because it gives us an avenue to ensure our basic needs are met, create and foster growth of relationships, solve disputes, and learn from one another. As a result, most individuals find communication both satisfying and rewarding. However, for others communication can be a source of frustration, and may simply be impossible for some. When this is the case, certain types of technology, augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) can be used to assist an individual with their communication. Despite the many advantages of AAC, there are unique challenges associated with its use as well. This study sought to determine what those challenges were for individuals. The information discovered was then used to critically evaluate Pogo Boards, a locally-made example of AAC available, to determine if this method for communication could reduce some of the potential barriers associated with AAC.

Date of Award

2014

Department

Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

University Honors Designation

A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the designation University Honors

Date Original

2014

Object Description

1 PDF file (35 pages)

Language

EN

File Format

application/pdf

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