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.
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.