Affiliations: Stockholm Institute of Education, Department of Special Education, Box 47308, SE-100 74 Stockholm, Sweden. Tel.: +46 8 737 9630; E-mail: [email protected]
Abstract: Much research has been carried out on people and their social networks during the past 30 years. The literature describes the function and necessity of social networks. Studies about persons with mental retardation and their social network show that they typically have a limited social network. In modern society, communication and information technology play an important role in interaction with others and in maintaining a social network. The purpose of this review article is to highlight and discuss the potential of advanced technologies, focusing on telecommunication, to broaden the outreach and social network of persons with mental retardation. The literature suggests Advanced technology has a potential to broaden the social network of persons with mental retardation.
Keywords: social network, communicative assessment, mental retardation, telecommunication, augmentative and alternative communication (AAC)