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American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting (AERA)




Communication, Special Education, Technology


Bilingual, Multilingual, and Multicultural Education | Communication Sciences and Disorders | Disability and Equity in Education | Special Education and Teaching


Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) devices are essential to children with disabilities that result in complex communication needs (CCN) to fully participate in social and academic realms of life. As the numbers of culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) learners in schools increase, so does the imperative to better inform instruction for CLD students who use AAC devices. This paper reviewed N=14 articles that emphasized CLD students who use AAC devices and their families. Implications highlighted that Euro-American culture dominates many aspects of AAC use, assessment, and professional recommendations. Additionally, there are limited perspectives of AAC users and families from CLD, which literature cites as a central issue.


Paper presented as part of roundtable session: Special Education Research SIG Roundtable Discussion 2. This paper is also available in the AERA Online Paper Repository. Each presenter retains copyright on the full-text paper. Repository users should follow legal and ethical practices in their use of repository material; permission to reuse material must be sought from the presenter, who owns copyright. Users should be aware of the AERA Code of Ethics.