What is it about?
This review looked at 22 studies that developed AAC systems in languages other than English. Most studies developed high-tech AAC systems in European languages. Qualitative methods were commonly used, but only a few studies collaborated with people with disabilities. Language factors like grammar, vocabulary and speech sounds used in languages were typically discussed, but specific cultural factors like the cultural background of researchers, use of language in social interactions, or cultural values were rarely mentioned.
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Why is it important?
There are still limited AAC options for people with communication disabilities who speak languages other than English. When culture is not acknowledged in AAC research, we assume that cultural difference doesn't influence AAC, and dominant Western cultural views remain the norm. Future research must be explicit about the cultural context and assumptions that influence AAC development. More research is needed in this area, including new methods to collaborate with people from diverse cultures.
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This page is a summary of: Developing Augmentative and Alternative Communication Systems in Languages Other Than English: A Scoping Review, American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, November 2022, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA),
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