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Introducing CommuniKate: The open, transferable, symbol based, page set

Session 
5.07
Personal Experience
  • Kate McCallum
  • Joe Reddington (eQuality Time)
  • Robert Williams
Summary

CommuniKate is a page set that can be used on any VOCA hardware or software for free. If you want to alter it then you can share your own version without worrying about permissions or fees. It was launched in October and there are teams translating it into languages from Swedish to Urdu. We are going to tell you the story of CommuniKate, why it's needed (Joe), how it was designed (Kate), and what difference it makes (Rob).

Method/Activities/Techniques

We will discuss CommuniKate, who it was designed for, the type of language it contains, and how it can be used. We will talk briefly about the different language translations on offer. We will discuss CommuniKate's uniqueness and why we released it under a Creative Commons Licence using freely licensed symbols.

Results/Findings

We'll inform you what's happened since the launch and discuss plans we have as a consequence of its popularity.

Conclusions

To make AAC truly work for people, we understand that providing the kit is only half the battle. That's why, along with the technical and programming aspects of the project, we hope to provide training, low tech resources and much more.

Level of Session 
General
Age Group 
All Ages
Interest 
Primary school
Secondary school
Special school
Further/Higher Ed.
Adult
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