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The Password is Irony: Fixing the communication problems in open source AAC products

Session 
6.4b
Research Stream
  • Joseph Reddington (Royal Holloway, University of London)
Summary

This talk examines three interrelated technical problems within high-tech AAC: the difficulty in transfering painstakingly developed vocabulary between devices (the 'locked-in' problem); the lack of traction for collaboratively created, free, software and pagesets; and the difficulty in deploying and testing research prototypes. The talk presents an intitial framework for community evaluation.

Method/Activities/Techniques

The presentation of the design process of a software system used to transfer information between different formats.

Results/Findings

We shall present prototypes that show effective use of a common format of page design, and how it can be used to, for example, run Proloquo2Go pages within other systems and vice versa.

Conclusions

This work promotes easier transitions for AAC users between different models of equipment, and allows a much more cohesive starting block for not only the smaller 'cottage industry' developers but also researchers trialing new approaches.

Level of Session 
1
Age Group 
All Ages
Interest 
9