Access to written information for people with aphasia

Worrall, Linda, Rose, Tanya, Howe, Tami, Brennan, Alison, Egan, Jennifer, Oxenham, Dorothea and McKenna, Kryss (2005) Access to written information for people with aphasia. Aphasiology, 19 10-11: 923-929. doi:10.1080/02687030544000137

Author Worrall, Linda
Rose, Tanya
Howe, Tami
Brennan, Alison
Egan, Jennifer
Oxenham, Dorothea
McKenna, Kryss
Title Access to written information for people with aphasia
Journal name Aphasiology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0268-7038
Publication date 2005-11
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/02687030544000137
Volume 19
Issue 10-11
Start page 923
End page 929
Total pages 7
Editor R. Marshall
C. Code
Place of publication UK
Publisher Psychology Press
Collection year 2005
Language eng
Subject C1
321024 Rehabilitation and Therapy - Occupational and Physical
730303 Occupational, speech and physiotherapy
Abstract Background: Accessibility is often constructed in terms of physical accessibility. There has been little research into how the environment can accommodate the communicative limitations of people with aphasia. Communication accessibility for people with aphasia is conceptualised in this paper within the World Health Organisation's International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF). The focus of accessibility is considered in terms of the relationship between the environment and the person with the disability. Thus: This paper synthesises the results of three Studies that examine the effectiveness of aphasia-friendly written material. Main Contribution: The first study (Rose, Worrall, & McKenna, 2003) found that aphasia-friendly formatting of written health information improves comprehension by people with aphasia, but not everyone prefers aphasia-friendly formatting. Brennan, Worrall, and McKenna (in press) found that the aphasia-friendly strategy of augmenting text with pictures, particularly ClipArt and Internet images, may be distracting rather than helpful. Finally, Egan, Worrall, and Oxenham (2004) found that the use of ail aphasia-friendly written training manual was instrumental in assisting people with aphasia to learn the Internet. Conclusion: Aphasia-friendly formatting appears to improve the accessibility of written material for people with aphasia. Caution is needed when considering the use of illustrations, particularly ClipArt and Internet images, when creating aphasia-friendly materials. A research, practice, and policy agenda for introducing aphasia-friendly formatting is proposed.
Keyword Clinical Neurology
Q-Index Code C1

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