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Communication Disabilities Sourcebook, 1st Edition

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Any condition that affects one’s ability to detect, receive, send, processes, or comprehend various aspects of language—both verbal and nonverbal—may lead to communication disabilities. They can impair hearing, voice, speech, language, cognition, and learning abilities of a person. The cause of such impairments is unknown in most cases. According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), about five percent of children by first grade have noticeable speech disorders. It is important to identify the people with communication disorders and address the issue at the right time in the right way. If not, the patients may experience additional issues, such as stress, depression, and isolation.

Communication Disabilities Sourcebook, First Edition explains what voice, speech, and language are, and how communication problems may develop in a person. Various types of communication disabilities and their impact on the personal, social, and economic well-being of a person are discussed. It offers information about recovery models and rehabilitation techniques along with the rights and benefits of people with communication disabilities. The book concludes with a director of resources for additional help and information.

This book is divided into parts and chapters. Parts focus on broad areas of interest. Chapters are devoted to single topics within a part.

Part 1: Communication Disorder begins with an explanation about voice, speech, and language and describes how communication disorders may develop in a person. It talks about various kinds of communication disorders, such as hearing disorder, language disorder, apraxia of speech, speech disorder, and autism spectrum disorder. It also offers statistical data about voice, speech, and language disorders in the United States.

Part 2: Personal, Social, and Economic Impact of Communication Disabilities explains how communication disabilities can affect a person’s life and cause several lifestyle issues. Social stigma and media portrayal of communication disorders are discussed in detail. It also talks about employment options available for people with communication disabilities.

Part 3: Recovery, Rehabilitation, and Caregiving focuses on the medical and social approaches to address communication disorders including rehabilitation medicine, speech pathology, peer support, and so on. It offers tips for taking care of a person with communication disabilities.  It also gives an insight into the recent technological developments in treating such disabilities.

Part 4: Protection, Rights, and Benefits explains how people with communication disabilities can avail benefits through Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). It highlights the rights of students and employees with communication disabilities and provides information about the disability rights movement and the neurodiversity movement.

Part 5: Additional Resources lists out the government and private organizations that provide help and support for people with communication disabilities.

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