Assessing communication in people with severe-profound disabilities: co-constructing competence

Johnson, Hilary, Watson, Jo, Iacono, Teresa, Bloomberg, Karen and West, Denise 2012, Assessing communication in people with severe-profound disabilities: co-constructing competence, Journal of clinical practice in speech-language pathology, vol. 14, no. 2, pp. 64-68.

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Title Assessing communication in people with severe-profound disabilities: co-constructing competence
Author(s) Johnson, Hilary
Watson, JoORCID iD for Watson, Jo
Iacono, Teresa
Bloomberg, Karen
West, Denise
Journal name Journal of clinical practice in speech-language pathology
Volume number 14
Issue number 2
Start page 64
End page 68
Total pages 5
Publisher Speech Pathology Australia
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Publication date 2012
ISSN 2200-0259
Summary The recent focus on a human rights agenda in Australia has highlighted the vulnerability of people who have little or no speech in gaining access to their communication rights. This paper discusses the complexities of supporting communication for people with severe–profound disabilities within a framework of human rights. People with severe–profound intellectual disabilities are often considered not only unable to speak, but also unable to communicate. This preconception has been refuted and legislation enacted to protect the communication rights of people with severe–profound disabilities. In this paper we present an overview of good communication practices for people with severe–profound intellectual disabilities. Such practice consists of collaborative and transactional assessment and intervention supports, as exemplified in emerging models of supported and person-centred decision-making.
Language eng
Field of Research 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2012, Speech Pathology Australia
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