SymbolChat: Picture-based communication platform for users with intellectual disabilities

Tuuli Keskinen, Tomi Heimonen, Markku Turunen, Juha Pekka Rajaniemi, Sami Kauppinen

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    Abstract

    We introduce a multimodal picture-based communication platform for users with intellectual disabilities, and results from our user evaluation carried out with the target user group representatives and their assistants. Our current prototype is based on touchscreen input and symbol and text-to-speech output, but supports also mouse and keyboard interaction. The prototype was evaluated in a field study with the help of nine users with varying degrees of intellectual and motor disabilities. Based on our findings, the picture-based approach and our application, SymbolChat, show great potential in providing a tool for users with intellectual disabilities to communicate with other people over the Internet, even without prior knowledge of symbols. The findings highlighted a number of potential improvements to the system, including providing even more input methods for users with physical disabilities, and functionality to support the development of younger users, who are still learning vocabulary and developing their abilities.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationComputers Helping People with Special Needs - 13th International Conference, ICCHP 2012, Proceedings
    EditorsKlaus Miesenberger
    Pages279-286
    Number of pages8
    Volume7383 LNCS
    EditionPART 2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2012
    Publication typeA4 Article in conference proceedings
    Event13th International Conference on Computers Helping People with Special Needs, ICCHP 2012 -
    Duration: 1 Jan 2012 → …

    Publication series

    NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
    NumberPART 2
    Volume7383 LNCS
    ISSN (Print)0302-9743

    Conference

    Conference13th International Conference on Computers Helping People with Special Needs, ICCHP 2012
    Period1/01/12 → …

    Keywords

    • accessibility
    • instant messaging
    • symbol communication

    Publication forum classification

    • Publication forum level 1

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