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Augmentative and alternative communication in South Africa: Accessibility and implementation

Erna Alant
South African Journal of Communication Disorders | Vol 39, No 1 | a274 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajcd.v39i1.274 | © 2019 Erna Alant | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 25 October 2016 | Published: 31 December 1992

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Erna Alant, Centre for Augmentative and Alternative Communication, Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology, University of Pretoria, South Africa

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The paper deals with the development of a community-based service for the implementation of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) strategies for people with severely limited verbal expression. The concept of community-based intervention is explained and the process of training as done in the Centre for Augmentative and Alternative Communication(CAAC), is described. Data of pre- and post-training evaluations is discussed as well as follow-up data obtained in the various training contexts. Finally, critical issues related to the follow-up data are discussed.


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