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AAC in Developing Countries
A Case Study: Cusco, Peru
Emily Jeanne Lauher
February 25, 2003

  1. Length of Presentation 25 minutes including final quiz
  2. There will be a quiz of 5 questions given out at the beginning of the presentation, with the answers given at the end. The quiz will be on a handout, with the answers written somewhere (upside down, other side, etc....)
  3. Presentation should be rich in audiovisual content: e.g., video, slides, handouts. The materials can be presented in Powerpoint format with video and audio and animations, etc.
  4. The presentation, including video files, can be put on a CD-ROM and distributed to fellow students.
  5. While you are preparing your presentation, you are encouraged to place materials, including this Prolegomena, on the web, through our web site. This is an important part of our course, since it fosters team participation.
  6. Rehearse and time your presentation. JBE will be forced to use the "HOOK" if you go over even by 1 nanosecond!
1.    Introduction: Concept of Appropriate Technology
2.    Environmentally sensitive issues in delivering AAC services
        i.    Language of the broader community
        ii.    Language of the client and client’s family
        iii.    Interaction between languages
        iv.    Attitudes toward disability and rehabilitation
        v.    Infrastructure to support technology
        vi.    Financial constraints

3.    Case Study I: AAC candidate in Lansing area and/or Cusco/Cuzco
4.    Case Study II: Development of appropriate technology: Manually powered electronics
5.    Conclusion: Recommendations for professional AAC practice

Artificial Language Lab, MSU

MATR (Michigan’s Assistive Technology Resource)
MATR , 1023 South U.S. 27 St. Johns, MI 48879-2424
(800) 274-7426 or (989) 224-0333
Alison Walczak, M.A., CCC-SLP Consultant, Ext. 319

CAMA – Communication Aid Manufacturers Association

Mary Ann Berthiaume, M.A., CCC-SLP, Coordinator for Assistive Technology for Jackson County ISD

Spanish-competent nonspeaking persons in the Greater Lansing area

ISAAC (International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication),
Committee on Developing Countries

Mary Jo Hidecker, M.A., CCC-SLP and AUD, Ph.D. Student at MSU (Source of literature on Spanish-language AAC tools)

Sociedad Española para la Comunicación Aumentativa y Alternativa