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

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posted on 01.01.2012, 00:00 authored by H Johnson, Joanne WatsonJoanne Watson, T Iacono, K Bloomberg, D West
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.

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Journal of clinical practice in speech-language pathology

Volume

14

Issue

2

Pagination

64 - 68

Publisher

Speech Pathology Australia

Location

Melbourne, Vic.

Language

eng

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C Journal article; C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

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2012, Speech Pathology Australia

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