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EBP Compendium: Summary of Systematic Review

American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation
Attitudes toward Individuals Who Use Augmentative and Alternative Communication: Research Review

McCarthy, J., & Light, J. (2005).
Augmentative and Alternative Communication, 21(1), 41-55.

Indicators of Review Quality:

The review addresses a clearly focused question No
Criteria for inclusion of studies are provided Yes
Search strategy is described in sufficient detail for replication Yes
Included studies are assessed for study quality No
Quality assessments are reproducible N/A

Description: This is a systematic review of studies investigating the attitudes of non-disabled people toward users of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) systems.

Question(s) Addressed:

Question not specifically stated.

Population: People who are interacting with AAC users.

Intervention/Assessment: Not applicable

Number of Studies Included: 13

Years Included: 1980 - 2002



"Attitude studies to date have helped to identify conditions that may limit the societal participation of individuals who use AAC. Future research can reveal ways to change participation barriers by assisting both individuals who use AAC and individuals without disabilities to understand each others' perspectives about factors that influence attitudes, and by changing attitudes and behaviors that create barriers." (p. 53)

Keywords: Augmentative and Alternative Communication

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Added to Compendium: December 2011

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