Colloquia and Seminars

Computing Science - Colloquia and Seminars

Augmentative and Alternative Communication across the Lifespan of Individuals with Complex Communication Needs

Location: Room LT5 King George VI building Date/Time: 7th May 2015, 12:00 - 13:00
Speaker(s): Annalu Waller (University of Dundee).

Brief Description:Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) attempts to augment natural speech, or to provide alternative ways to communicate for people with limited or no speech. Technology has played an increasing role in AAC. At the most simplest level, people with complex communication needs (CCN) can cause a prestored message to be spoken by activating a single switch. At the most sophisticated level, literate users can generate novel text. Although some individuals with CCN become effective communicators, most do not - they tend to be passive communicators, responding mainly to questions or prompts at a one or two word level. Conversational skills such as initiation, elaboration and storytelling are seldom observed.

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