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Communication
A communication disability is a barrier or barriers affecting the reception or transmittal of information. It may be severe enough to interfere with an individual academically, occupationally or socially. Problems with communication can have a minimal to huge impact and can define various disabilities.
 
For people with a hearing impairment or who are deaf, communication becomes difficult because of their inability to receive the information they are given.  With autism, communication is often difficult due to an inability to process received information within the brain, which may result in a speech and language impairment.  Although there are many types and causes for communication disabilities, these two in particular may limit an individual in school, on the job, or within a social network.

Fortunately, our knowledge of speech and hearing has expanded due to the research by professionals in medicine and allied fields, such as special education, speech and language, audiology, rehabilitation, child development and other disability technology.  These experts have been studying communication and applying modern techniques to the issues at hand.  Assistive technology professional have developed numerous new strategies, software and tools for aiding, augmenting and teaching both students as well as adults with language and communication disabilities.

Program Development Associates Communication Store has a collection of educational and information resources and videos that include assistive communication, augmentative and adaptive assistive technology for adults and children with communication disabilities and the professionals that help them.

Focuses on the challenging behavior parents face and how they work and support their child with autism.


Teaches how to deal with people-as-customers.


Demonstrates how to use diplomacy to successfully communicate with co-workers, team members, and supervisors. Learn how to understand different conversational roles: the escape artist, the judge, the scientist, the beggar, the commander.


Learning to successfully communicate with students, parents, and colleagues is absolutely crucial for anyone who wishes to prosper as a teacher.


Some 'cultural givens' are so deeply imbedded as to be invisible to those who hold them. These assumptions lead to communication breakdowns that cause embarrassment, frustration, or even discrimination.


Describes the importance of positive communication skills and teaches effective methods for creating clear, respectful exchanges.


Delivers a clear message to students – that the number one asset for virtually any employee is the ability to communicate effectively.


Teaches students how to remember names, develop friendships at work and in the community, and extend conversations beyond a one answer response.


Provides basic conversation skills to students with developmental disabilities and shows them how to initiate social interactions.


Use this efficient and convenient way yet to learn the basics of American Sign Language (ASL).

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