Year of Award
Doctor of Education (EdD)
College of Education & Allied Health
Collaborative High Impact Instruction
Education and Special Education
Augmentative, Alternative, Communication, Iconography, Vocabulary, Minority, Black, Caregiver, Speech, Language, Pathologist
The current study investigated the lived experiences of alternative augmentative communication (AAC) users who are BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) and their caregivers during the AAC assessment and intervention stages of treatment. This study primarily focused on the processes experienced and used to select icons to be used on a client’s AAC device. Secondarily the study investigated the lived experiences of Speech-language pathologists in relation to AAC practice at the assessment and intervention stages. The primary investigation centered on icon selection for use on a client’s AAC device. A dearth of literature focuses on the AAC process in relation to the BIPOC population. By exploring their lived experiences, it was possible to determine areas of strength and weakness in AAC practice related to BIPOC individuals and icon selection. Furthermore, this study is positioned to identify areas where improvements in training and education could be made to ensure culturally responsive practices are at the forefront of decision-making in AAC services.
Open Access Dissertation
Creative Commons License
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Doubet, Aaron, "Talking the Talk: Barriers to Culturally Responsive Iconographic Selection on Augmentative Alternative Communication Devices" (2023). All Theses, Dissertations, and Capstone Projects. 626.