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John McCarthy
Associate Professor
Associate Director of Communication Sciences and Disorders
School of Rehabilitation and Communication Sciences
Grover Center W218
Athens, OH 45701

Phone: 740-597-1764
Fax: 740-593-0287
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I am interested in decreasing barriers to participation in society for individuals using augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). There are over 3.5 million individuals in the United States whose natural speech is inadequate to meet their daily communication needs (Beukelman & Mirenda, 2005). The population is extremely heterogeneous covering children and adults with developmental disabilities such as cerebral palsy or autism, acquired disabilities such as those from a stroke or traumatic brain injury, degenerative disorders such as ALS or Parkinson's disease, and conditions resulting in individuals being temporarily unable to speak such as post-surgery. These individuals can benefit from augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) strategies such as gestures, signs, alphabet or picture based-boards, or computer-based systems with synthesized speech output. 

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“Those who have handled sciences have either been men of experiment or men of dogmas. The men of experiment are like the ant; they only collect and use; the reasoners resemble spiders, who make cobwebs out of their own substance. But the bee takes the middle course; it gathers its material from the flowers of the garden and of the field, but transforms and digests by a power of its own. Not unlike this is the true business of philosophy.” --Francis Bacon

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