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Invitation to Participate in a Research Study

Georgia Institute of Technology

Project Title:

A Survey of the State of the Practice:

Involvement in AAC Among Speech Pathologists in Georgia

Please read the information below and click on http://surveymonkey.com/s/gaslp to take survey

Investigators:

Principal Investigator: Christopher Lee, Ph.D Director, Alternative Media Access Center, Georgia Institute of Technology Research team: Ben Satterfield, Ed.D., Research Consultant, GA Tools for Life Carol Ann Raymond, M.Ed., Ed.S., CCC-SLP, Speech and Hearing Clinic Director, Univ. Georgia Kay A. Crabb, M.Ed., CCC-SLP, Clinical Supervisor , Univ. Georgia Main 11/12/12v1

Purpose of Research Study You are being asked to be a volunteer in a research study. This research study will examine the state of the practice of Augmentative & Alternative Communication by Speech Language Pathologists in Georgia. The purpose is to explore perceptions of practitioners and their preparation to provide services to clients who use AAC systems.

Criteria for Inclusion: We are inviting 3700 Georgia Speech Pathologists to participate in this in this study. Participants in this study must be Speech Language Pathologists providing Speech Pathology services in Georgia.

Procedures: If you decide to be in this study, you will be asked to complete an online survey and answer about 30 questions. These questions relate to how you perceive the preparation and confidence of fellow professionals regarding AAC and your perceptions of your own practice involving AAC. The survey typically takes 15 to 20 minutes to complete.

Participant’s Right to Withdraw from the Study: You may choose not to participate, or you may omit answers to any questions about which you feel uncomfortable. All response will be kept anonymous. Again, If you change your mind and decide not to participate, you may stop and exit the survey at any time.

Risks to Participant: The risks involved in participation in this study are no greater than those involved in participation in any online survey. All responses to this survey will be collected and maintained anonymously.

Benefit to Participant: There are no direct benefits to participation in this research. We hope that information derived from this study will help in the improvement of pre-service preparation programs and in the provision of more effective in-service programs for practitioners in Georgia.

Compensation to Participants: There is no compensation for participation in this study.

Confidentiality: The following procedures will be followed to keep your personal information confidential in this study: The data collected about you will be kept private to the extent allowed by law. To protect your privacy, your records will be kept under a code number rather than by name. Your records will be kept in locked files and only study staff will be allowed to look at them. Your name and any other fact that might point to you will not appear when results of this study are presented or published. Your privacy will be protected to the extent allowed by law. To make sure that this research is being carried out in the proper way, the Georgia Institute of Technology IRB may review study records. The Office of Human Research Protections may also look over study records during required reviews

You should be aware that the experiment is not being run from a ‘secure’ https server of the kind typically used to handle credit card transactions, so there is a small possibility that responses could be viewed by unauthorized third parties such as computer hackers. In general, the web page software will log as header lines the IP address of the machine you use to access this page, e.g.,102.403.506.807, but otherwise no other information will be stored unless you explicitly enter it

Costs to Participant: There are no costs to you, other than your time, for being in this study

In Case of Injury or Harm: If you feel that you are injured or harmed in any way as a result of being in this study, please contact Christopher Lee, Ph.D., at telephone (800) 497-8665 Neither the Principal Investigator nor Georgia Institute of Technology has made provision for payment of costs associated with any injury resulting from participation in this study.

Participant Rights: Your participation in this study is voluntary. You do not have to be in this study if you don't want to be. You have the right to change your mind and leave the study at any time without giving any reason and without penalty. Any new information that may make you change your mind about being in this study will be given to you. You may keep this consent form for your records. You do not waive any of your legal rights by participating in this research.

Questions about the Study: If you have any questions about the study, you may contact Dr. Christopher Lee or Dr. Ben Satterfield at telephone (800) 497-8665 or via email at Ben@gatfl.org.

Questions about Your Rights as a Research Participant: If you have any questions about your rights as a research participant, you may contact: Kelly Winn, Georgia Institute of Technology Office of Research Integrity Assurance, at (404) 385-2175

By completing the online survey, you indicate your consent to be in the study.

The survey is located at: http://surveymonkey.com/s/gaslp

Thank you for your participation.