Babb, S., Gormley, J., McNaughton, D., & Light, J. (2018, July). Applications of video visual scene display technology in a vocational setting. Poster presented at the State of the Science Conference of the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Augmentative and Alternative Communication (RERC on AAC), Arlington, Va.
- Approximately 25-50% of adults with ASD are employed (Hendricks, 2010; Wehman et al., 2012) with the majority of these individuals described as “high functioning” and using speech to communicate.
- Many individuals with ASD (20-30%) do not use speech to communicate and are described as having complex communication needs (CCN). Employment can be challenging for these individuals, as research suggests that less than 5% of individuals with CCN are employed.
- For individuals with both ASD and CCN, challenges with speech may increase the communication and social interaction difficulties in the workplace (Mirenda, 2014).
- This study investigated whether videos integrated with VSDs would increase the percent of steps completed (and communication opportunities fulfilled) during vocational activities for an adolescent with ASD and CCN.
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