Community-based employment: Experiences of adults who use AAC

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A survey was employed to investigate the experiences of adults using augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) who were successfully employed in community-based jobs. Twenty-five AAC users responded to the survey, representing a range of disabilities, ages, educational backgrounds, literacy skill levels, and communication systems. Respondents were employed in a variety of jobs including clerical positions, laborers, public educators and consumer advocates, and educational/therapy aides; the majority of the respondents were employed in disability-related services. By far, the majority of the respondents reported satisfaction with their job duties, immediate supervisors, coworkers, and current salaries; however, 40% of the respondents were dissatisfied with their opportunities for advancement. The results of the survey are discussed with recommendations for improving employment opportunities for AAC users and directions for future research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)215-229
Number of pages15
JournalAAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1996

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Rehabilitation
  • Speech and Hearing


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