World Wide Augmentative and Alternative Communication
The project will make several Internet services accessible for persons with language and/or cognitive impairments, including symbol users and a part of the elderly population. An universal coding system will be developed for message encoding which can be used for eMail, eChat or enhancing web-page information. This will be promoted as a public standard. Six national and three symbol languages will be involved. Additional support for handling information and navigation by people with cognitive, motor and/or language disorders will be developed. Software applications will be made with appropriate user interfaces, presenting the message content in multiple ways such as by text, speech or by symbols. For information providers, web-guidelines and an authoring tool will be developed. Educational and rehabilitation centres, organisations for the elderly involved in ICT, several AAC-focused companies, are all involved in the User platform. Representing a wide geographical spread (at least 6 countries) they will ensure optimal user-focused design, qualitative evaluation of the results and a coherent and realistic exploitation planning.
Group: Speech Communication and Technology
Sharon Hunnicutt (Project leader)
Duration: 2001 - 2004