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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.

This is not a program ABOUT people with disabilities, it is about communicating with and relating to people.

Teaches caregivers how to implement "cognitive behavior therapy". This therapy works from the inside out. With a logical understanding of emotional triggers and responses, people can learn to recognize and control their emotions.

Looks at our beliefs about disability through the lens of assistive technology.

Highlights the experiences of Peter Gwazdauskas, a child with Down syndrome, in sixth grade, eighth grade, and high school as he adds speech therapy and life skills classes and on-the-job training to his academic course work.

Teaches the importance of communication, symptoms of hearing loss, the role of the audiologist, and provides information about hearing aids and other assistive listening devices.

Includes causes, symptoms and definition of aphasia, the importance and components of communication, patient and family response, and the role of the speech/language pathologist in the recovery process.

Familiar situations to teach young viewers many essential communication skills in a 3-part series.

Conveys vocabulary with realistic, contemporary, and colorful illustrations.

Enables students to improve their listening skills and absorb valuable information. 

Pre-K teachers demonstrate the importance and methods of communicating and sharing information with parents throughout the assessment process.

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