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Handwriting Recognition for Voice Output, Phrases on Mobile Devices and Early Intervention in MND: A case study

Session 
3.2d
Clinical
  • Simon Judge
Summary

This case study presentation will illustrate the use of handwriting recognition as an input method for voice output for someone with MND. It will cover:

  • Early intervention in use of Voice Output Communication Aids for people with MND. It raises questions about the use of ‘standard’ early intervention and suggests using other technologies to enable early adoption of VOCA technology.
  • Use of handwriting as an input method. People who currently use writing as a means of AAC probably use paper but handwriting recognition could be used more often as a VOCA input method.
  • Practical use of hand-held VOCAs. Many AAC systems now allow the storing and recall of phrases, but it is not easy to transfer these from a ‘main’ AAC system to a handheld one. A method for doing this is described and the use of handheld systems in general discussed.

The case study will be illustrated with practical demonstrations and video clips.

Level of Session 
2
Age Group 
All Ages
Interest 
Topic of interest to people who use AAC