RE: Mizuko, M. (1993). Personal computers as augmentative and alternative communication aids. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology 2(3), 8–10 Mizuko accurately points out in his article that advancements in computer technology allow laptop computers to be more easily adapted as AAC devices. Their smaller size makes them much more portable than earlier systems. They can now be fitted with a number of speech options and they also provide access ... Letter to the Editor
Letter to the Editor  |   January 01, 1994
RE: Mizuko, M. (1993). Personal computers as augmentative and alternative communication aids. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology 2(3), 8–10
 
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  • Dave Hershsberger
    Prentke Romich Company Wooster, OH
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Letter to the Editor   |   January 01, 1994
RE: Mizuko, M. (1993). Personal computers as augmentative and alternative communication aids. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology 2(3), 8–10
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, January 1994, Vol. 3, 89. doi:10.1044/1058-0360.0301.89a
 
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, January 1994, Vol. 3, 89. doi:10.1044/1058-0360.0301.89a
Mizuko accurately points out in his article that advancements in computer technology allow laptop computers to be more easily adapted as AAC devices. Their smaller size makes them much more portable than earlier systems. They can now be fitted with a number of speech options and they also provide access to other software packages and environmental controls.
However, the process of selecting a communication device is much more than choosing a device that allows its operator to generate spoken words. The goal of providing an AAC device is to maximize the individual’s ability to communicate and the device should be chosen on that basis. This choice is affected by several factors, some that relate directly to the specific hardware platform and some that do not.
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