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Expressing through digital photographs: an assistive tool for persons with aphasia

By Abdullah Al Mahmud, Yvonne Limpens and Jean-Bernard Martens


This paper describes the design of an assistive tool called CoCreation that can help people with aphasia to express daily experiences by utilizing digital photographs. CoCreation can upload the user's pictures and can cluster them as a function of the time at which the pictures were taken. Pictures taken within a short period of time are assumed to highlight a single activity. The user is able to select a cluster and can edit the pictures by dragging icons or drawing on top of them, or by typing words to create a caption. The pictures set the context for a story, while the additional tools such as keyboard and drawing pad allow the user to add information that is considered useful for sharing the experience. The paper presents the detailed design process and the preliminary evaluation of CoCreation with an experienced speech therapist

Topics: Aphasia, Digital photographs, Inclusive design, Sharing experiences, Proxy-based design, Storytelling
Publisher: Springer
Year: 2012
DOI identifier: 10.1007/s10209-012-0286-8
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