Communication includes language, speech and hearing; communication impairment can be viewed as an impairment that affects any of these three areas.
Communication Impairment may impact on an indvidual as a result of a:
- Speech impairment.
- Language impairment.
A speech impairment may result in an individual being unable to express himself/herself verbally, or alternatively, in an individual’s verbal expression being unclear or unintelligible to the listener.
A reading impairment is thought to be a genetic condition, which affects up to one in ten people. Traits of dyslexia, the most common reading impairment, can include transposing letters, difficulty recognizing letters or numbers, and poor handwriting.
Assistive Technology can provide useful solutions to meet a wide range of user requirements including:
- Providing alternative methods of verbal expression
- Providing alternative methods of accessing or using a particular item.
- Providing an alternative method of doing a task or achieving a goal.
This section will provide a range of different AT solutions to assist people with a communication impairment to become more independent when communicating and when accessing written and electronic communications
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Reading Pen and Microsoft Word
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Reading and Writing software,
Mind mapping software and Microsoft Word
|Font Choices and Formatting Text
|Reading and Writing Software
|Scanning pen (generic)
|Software dictionaries and thesauri.
|Speaking Dictionary and Thesaurus
|Speech recognition software
|Voice Output Communication Aids (VOCAs)
|Windows Accessibility Options