• Improving independence in the community for students with multiple disabilities through the use of low-tech communication tools

      Umbreit, John; Jackson, Lisa Monica (The University of Arizona., 2000)
      The goal of this study was to increase the independent functional life skills of students with multiple disabilities within their communities using simple teacher made communication tools. Participants were three students, ages 10--12, with multiple disabilities which included blindness, mental retardation, and non-speech communication. The study used a multiple baseline across subjects design. All phases of the study were implemented within the community. Intervention consisted of teaching students to make monetary transactions by using a wallet with instructions for a cashier attached with velcro. Data indicated that this low-tech communication system enabled each of the students to (a) initiate and complete monetary transactions with cashiers in one community setting and (b) generalize the skiff to a new community setting.