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Environmental factors that influence the community participation of adults with aphasia: The perspective of service industry workers

Brown, K., McGahan, L., Alkhaledi, M., Seah, D., Howe, T., Worrall, L.

Academic Literature

2006

This study aimed to identify barriers and facilitators to community participation for adults with aphasia from the perspective of service industry workers.

Eight focus groups were conducted with 24 service industry employees. Service industry employees were able to identify a range of factors that would act as barriers and facilitators for people with aphasia. Some of the more significant findings include the lack of other people's awareness about aphasia, the willingness of service industry workers at the individual level to accommodate people with aphasia, and the difficulty in making the necessary system, policy, and procedural changes at the organisational level. Speech pathologists are encouraged to assist service industry providers to be more aphasia‐friendly through education and training, in addition to assisting people with aphasia to become self‐advocates.

Publication information

Journal/Publication : Aphasiology

Location : International

Domain/s: Community and civic participation

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