Social Networking for AAC users

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Social Networking for AAC users: Using Facebook, Twitter, Skype and More.

Presented by Barbara Landsberg (Occupational Therapist) and Jane Farrall (Speech Pathologist) at Spectronics at the More Than Gadgets Conference in Perth, August 2011.

http://morethangadgets.com/conference-sessions-day-1

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We all need to communicate and connect with each other – not just in one way, but in as many ways as possible (Williams, 2000). Social media are the cornerstones of modern communication and it is essential that people with disabilities, who can become socially isolated, are able to use these tools and stay connected with the world (Varley, 2008). Popular social networking sites including Facebook and Twitter are examples of social media most commonly used for socialization and connecting with friends, relatives and employees. People with Complex Communication Needs (CCN) are now able to access many social networking sites and participate in internet messaging (IM) as a means to meet and keep in touch with friends and share information.

With the development of these Web 2.0 tools that facilitate information sharing and collaboration, the options for people with physical disabilities to access them has also greatly improved. Web browser add-ons and communication software can provide tools like onscreen keyboards, mouseless browsing and mouse emulation tools such as cross hair and radar mouse to make these websites more accessible.

This presentation will explore some common social networking sites, share some client examples and demonstrate how social media can be accessed using these tools.

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  • Social Networking for AAC users

    1. 1. Social Networking for AAC users<br />Using Facebook Twitter and Skype<br />(and more)<br />
    2. 2. Barbara Landsberg<br />Occupational Therapist<br />Sales and Marketing Director<br />Spectronics<br />Jane Farrall<br />Speech Pathologist<br />AAC Support Services Manager<br />Spectronics<br />
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    4. 4. Social Media and Chat programs<br /><ul><li>What are they?
    5. 5. Why would you want to use them?
    6. 6. How do users of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) access them?</li></li></ul><li>Social media platforms<br />
    7. 7. Live Chat programs<br />
    8. 8.
    9. 9. How many active users are there?<br />
    10. 10.
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    20. 20. What is Twitter?<br />A social networking and “microblogging” service, enabling its users to send and read messages called tweets. Say anything you want in 140 characters or less.<br />
    21. 21.
    22. 22. History of Twitter<br />
    23. 23. Now 140 million tweets per day!<br />
    24. 24. Twitter is everywhere!<br />
    25. 25. Twitter is everywhere!<br />
    26. 26. Twitter is everywhere!<br />
    27. 27. Is Twitter easy?<br />
    28. 28. Is Twitter valuable?<br />
    29. 29.
    30. 30.
    31. 31. Live Chat programs<br />
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    33. 33.
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    35. 35.
    36. 36. Why would you want to use them?<br /><ul><li>Sharing news and being “social”
    37. 37. 24 hours a day with no geographic boundaries</li></li></ul><li>
    38. 38. Why would you want to use them?<br /><ul><li>Sharing news and being “social”
    39. 39. 24 hours a day with no geographic boundaries
    40. 40. Breaking news updates</li></li></ul><li>
    41. 41.
    42. 42. Why would you want to use them?<br /><ul><li>Sharing news and being “social”
    43. 43. 24 hours a day with no geographic boundaries
    44. 44. Breaking news updates
    45. 45. Calls for assistance!</li></li></ul><li>Why would you want to use them?<br /><ul><li>Sharing news and being “social”
    46. 46. 24 hours a day with no geographic boundaries
    47. 47. Breaking news updates
    48. 48. Calls for assistance!
    49. 49. Building your Personal Learning Network (PLN)</li></li></ul><li>
    50. 50. Personal Learning Networks<br /><ul><li>Facebook Groups
    51. 51. Facebook Pages
    52. 52. Twitter searches by #hashtag
    53. 53. By topic area #augcomm #assistivetech
    54. 54. By events #MTG2011
    55. 55. Lists of “useful tweeters to follow”</li></ul> “Today’s IV-drip of professional development”<br />
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    58. 58. Want to learn more?<br />
    59. 59.
    60. 60. @spectronics<br />@janefarrall<br />@gregoconnor<br />
    61. 61. 22nd - 25th May 2012<br />Jupiters Gold Coast Convention Centre<br />Queensland, Australia<br />www.spectronicsinoz.com/conference/2012<br />
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    63. 63. AAC Users and social closeness<br />“Adults with a lifelong disability are more lonely than their peers (Balandin, Berg, &Waller, 2006; McVilly, Stancliffe)<br />Light (1998) Most of our daily communication is to build social closeness<br />Beukelman (2000) Most AAC users feel they have limited opportunities for social interaction<br />
    64. 64. AAC Users and social closeness<br />Parmenter, & Burton-Smith, 2006a). In a recent qualitative study of loneliness and friendship some of the seven adult participants with cerebral palsy noted that their current living arrangements did not support friendship development. They had little in common with those with whom they lived and who they had not chosen as house partners (Ballin & Balandin, 2007). <br />
    65. 65. AAC users and social closeness<br />People with lifelong disability experience loneliness for the same reasons as people without disability (Emerson & McVilly, 2004; Fees, Martin, & Poon, 1999), but have additional problems with communication, in particular with non familiar communication partners and on the phone (Ballin & Balandin, 2007; Cooper et al., 2009). Furthermore, problems with acceptance in the community increase their feelings of loneliness.”<br />
    66. 66. Social networking and AAC users<br />Converse as equals<br />Communication looks the same from all senders<br />Usually the rhythm of conversation encourages non-instantaneous response<br />“Conversations” can happen over distance and time –supporting mobility-impaired and stay-at-home users<br />
    67. 67. Features of software<br />Onscreen keyboards<br />Mouse emulation<br />Cross hair<br />Radar<br />Rate enhancement<br />Abbreviation expansion<br />Phrase banks<br />Word/Phrase Prediction<br />
    68. 68. Let’s have a look at and DynaVox Series 5<br />
    69. 69. Point and Chat<br /><ul><li> Works with Saltillo's DesktopChat, computer keyboard, Saltillo ChatBox 40 XT, DynaVox Series 4 devices, and DynaVox Series 5 devices
    70. 70. Currently for email and chat, Twitter version in Beta
    71. 71. 30 day trial available
    72. 72. www.simtalk.com/PnC/FreeTrial</li></li></ul><li>Let’s have a look at with Point-and-Chat<br />
    73. 73.
    74. 74. Easy Chirp<br /><ul><li> Traditional Twitter interfaces difficult to access with onscreen keyboards
    75. 75. Easy Chirp uses keyboard shortcuts
    76. 76. www.easychirp.com</li></li></ul><li>Tracey<br />37 years old<br />Locked in syndrome since 1994<br />Setup: <br />Monitor mounted to overway table<br />Clamp with switch on table<br />Uses chin to hit switch<br />Tobii Communicator with scanning and onscreen keyboard<br />
    77. 77. Tracey<br />Started using computer 4 years ago<br />Uses internet to:<br />stay up dated on the outside world<br />stay in touch with relatives locally and interstate, plus new and old friends<br />beat the BOREDOM.....Grrrrrr<br />Using Facebook, You Tube, Google, iTunes and GMail<br />
    78. 78.
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    80. 80. Tracey<br />talks to new and old friends on Facebook<br />has ‘met’ a lot of people from overseas but ‘talks’ with them through Facebook games<br />keeps in connection with family locally and interstate<br />
    81. 81. Tracey<br />“The computer/internet has opened my world, it has knocked down the wall's and brought the world to me”<br />“More importantly I have been able to reunite with other sisters and brother over in W.A.”<br />
    82. 82. References<br />Strategies to Enhance the Social Identities and Social Networks of Adolescent Students With Disabilities by Debby M. Zombo. From Council for Exceptional Children- Teaching Exceptional Children journal Vol. 43, no: 2 & 3<br />Social media - barrier or tool for inclusion? http://www.onlineopinion.com.au/view.asp?article=9810<br />Twitter for poor readers, non readers and AAC users with Point-and-Chat® Ben Slotznick at ATIA, Orlando<br />http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/internet-an-equalizer-for-people-with-disabilities-2072448.html<br />

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