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Multicultural Issues in Augmentative and Alternative Communication and Language: Research to Practice

Bridges, Sheila J. PhD


Multicultural research in augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) is an emerging area of intrigue and mystery. Most important, it is necessary in order to advance the field of AAC and to ensure the delivery of quality services to culturally and linguistically diversity AAC consumers and their families. This article addresses both the need for and the challenges in pursuing multicultural research in AAC. From an historical perspective this article discusses the emergence of multicultural research in AAC and concludes with guidelines for engaging in culturally relevant and culturally valid investigation critical to the identification of best practices.

From the Department of Communication Disorders, North Carolina Central University, Durham, North Carolina.

Corresponding author: Sheila J. Bridges, PhD, Associate Professor, North Carolina Central University, Department of Communication Disorders, 712 Cecil Street, School of Education Building, Durham, NC 27707; E-mail:

The author has disclosed that she has no significant relationships with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this educational activity.

© 2004 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins