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What is Communication
Communication is the sharing of information from one person to another. The ability to communicate effectively is fundamental to a basic quality of life, which everyone is entitled to. However, individuals with a physical disability can often find communication difficult.
"The ability to communicate is fundamental to a basic quality of life" Ace North 2014
What is ATAAC
There are two forms of communication support for people with physical disabilities; Assistive Technology (AT) and Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC). Horton Lodge uses the term ATAAC - the combination of AT and AAC - to refer to methods of communication which can be used in addition to, or in place, of speech or writing.
ATAAC aims to use a person's abilities to make communication quick, simple and effective, therefore helping a person to understand and express communication messages which they cannot verbalise.
Methods Of Communication
There are many different strategies that can aid communication for people with physical disabilities. With these strategies, communication can be aided or unaided.
Unaided refers to methods where no additional equipment is required; sign language, gesture, facial expressions, body language, eye pointing, finger pointing and vocalisations. Aided techniques involve additional equipment, ranging from symbol communication books to sophisticated computer technology. Aided techniques may be 'Iow-tech' or 'high-tech' communication aids.
Low-tech communication systems take many forms; they include anything you can use which does not need power to function. Pen and paper, pictures, symbols and photos are all examples of low tech systems.
High tech communication systems are devices which require power to operate. High tech aids range from single message devices, such as voice input and output aids, to specialised programs and computers like eye tracking devices and iPads.
Most people will use a combination of aided and unaided methods, as there is no 'best fit' solution and each method has its advantages and disadvantages. Identifying the most suitable form for an individual to use, will depend on their personal preference, abilitiy and needs.
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