Use of mobile technology by adults who use augmentative and alternative communication : voices from two countries

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dc.contributor.author Bryen, Diane Nelson
dc.contributor.author Bornman, Juan, 1968-
dc.contributor.author Morris, John
dc.contributor.author Moolman, Enid
dc.contributor.author Sweatman, F. Mark
dc.date.accessioned 2017-11-28T11:58:33Z
dc.date.available 2017-11-28T11:58:33Z
dc.date.issued 2017
dc.description.abstract Mobile technology – cell phones, smartphones and tablets – has expanded communication and social interaction, commerce, and access to information for many people with disabilities. Little is known about the use of these mainstream technologies by adults who use augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). Information comparing their use by adults who rely on AAC from both high-income and low or middle-income countries is nonexistent. This article presents data on the use of mobile technology by 38 adults from the United States and 30 adults from South Africa who use AAC. Results, focusing on outcomes and benefits, indicate that most of the participants from both countries use some form of mainstream mobile technology. Most report that their mobile devices are important, but some find it difficult to use requiring a variety of modifications. More than 50% of participants from each country used their mobile devices for text-messaging, web browsing, keeping a directory of contacts, voice calling, sharing photos or videos online, listening to music, and social networking. Recommendations are made for industry and people who rely on AAC. en_ZA
dc.description.department Centre for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (CAAC) en_ZA
dc.description.librarian hj2017 en_ZA
dc.description.sponsorship A grant from the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Wireless Technologies (Wireless RERC). en_ZA
dc.description.uri http://www.atia.org/at-resources/atob en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Nelson, D., Bornman, J., Morris, J., Moolman, E. & Sweatman, F.M. 2017, 'Use of mobile technology by adults who use augmentative and alternative communication : voices from two countries', Assistive Technology Outcomes and Benefits, vol. 11, pp. 66-81. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 1938-7261 (online)
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2263/63377
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher Assistive Technology Industry Association en_ZA
dc.rights Copyright ATIA 2017 en_ZA
dc.subject Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) en_ZA
dc.subject Cell phones en_ZA
dc.subject Mobile technology en_ZA
dc.subject Adult en_ZA
dc.title Use of mobile technology by adults who use augmentative and alternative communication : voices from two countries en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA


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