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Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education
There exists a number of persons who lack adequate speech for communicative purposes. Many of the non-vocal children and adults from these populations have benefitted from the development of various alternative communication devices. The non-vocal individual is one whose speech does not provide a functional means of meeting communication needs. However, this does not necessarily mean that the non-vocal individual has no speech or vocalization at all, nor does it mean that the individual may not develop fully functional speech in the future. (Vanderheiden, 1975). The devices used with these people allow an increase in the abilities to meet various communication needs. Such devices make it possible for the user to transmit desired messages.
Empey, Tracie, "Facilitating Acceptance of Alternative Communication Devices in Classrooms by Teachers" (1992). Undergraduate Honors Capstone Projects. 347.
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