My name is Edina Hanley, I am a registered nurse in intellectual disability and a full time PhD student in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, University College Cork.
My PhD research is focused on augmentative and alternative (AAC) with persons with severe/profound intellectual and/or multiple disabilities. We are currently recruiting participants to take part in a study that is examining the factors influencing the intention of communication partners to use AAC with persons with severe/profound intellectual and/or multiple disabilities using the combined technology acceptance model and theory of planned behaviour. We hope to gain a more nuanced understanding of these factors and how they relate to affect the intention to use AAC. The study has obtained ethical approval from the social research ethics committee, UCC (Log no. 2023-098).
Data is being collected using an online survey via qualtrics. All responses are anonymous, participants can choose not to answer questions and withdraw before submitting their responses. The survey should take about 10-15 minutes in total to complete.
We would love to hear from SLTs, given their fundamental role in supporting the AAC user and their communication partners they have been included throughout this research.