Communication Access for a Student with Multiple Disabilities: An Interdisciplinary Collaborative Approach

  • Frances Layman
  • Cathryn Crowle
  • John Ravenscroft
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 7383)


This case study highlights the challenges and outcomes of implementing assistive technology for a 17 year old school student with a profound hearing loss, and significant physical disabilities. It demonstrates the importance of a collaborative team approach and the benefits for the student of using assistive technology with regards to the development of self determination and social relationships. This article is of benefit for inter-professional teams working in special education, particularly with students with multiple disabilities.


Accessibility Assistive Technology Augmented and Alternative Communication (AAC) Design for All and User Involvement 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Frances Layman
    • 1
  • Cathryn Crowle
    • 2
  • John Ravenscroft
    • 3
  1. 1.Cerebral Palsy AllianceAustralia
  2. 2.Children’s HospitalWestmeadAustralia
  3. 3.Moray House School of EducationThe University of EdinburghUnited Kingdom

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