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Abstract: Designing Effective Technologies Through the Use of Personas: As Developed in AAC Research and at Microsoft
Join the Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA) Research Committee for a discussion of the development and application of user descriptions, or user personalities, to help guide in the design of effective technologies and user interfaces. For individuals with disabilities this can lead to the incorporation of adaptive strategies that can result in improved product performance.Personas are frequently developed for use in product design, especially for consumer-based products and user interfaces. A user persona consists of the goals, values and behavior of a group based on the behavior patterns of individuals. Dr. Higginbotham will address using personas of individuals with ALS for use in designing new AAC technologies and AAC interfaces. Annuska Perkins will talk about Microsoft’s approach to using inclusive personas. She will address the benefits and challenges of applying personas throughout the software development lifecycle.
Annuska Perkins, Microsoft Accessible Technology Group
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Abstract: Designing Effective AAC Technologies for Beginning Communicators
To date, there are few guidelines to support clinicians and manufacturers in the design of effective AAC systems for beginning communicators. When AAC systems are well designed, they may enhance communication and language outcomes for beginning communicators with complex communication needs. However, poorly-designed AAC systems may potentially interfere with language learning and communication effectiveness. In this session, we will discuss guidelines for the design of effective AAC technologies for beginning communicators with complex communication needs, including infants, toddlers, and preschoolers with developmental disabilities (e.g., autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome) as well as older individuals with significant cognitive impairments. The session will present research results from recent studies and will suggest clinical guidelines to improve the design of AAC systems based on these research results.
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