How can we develop AAC for dementia?

John L. Arnott (Lead / Corresponding author), Norman Alm

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Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) methods are used to support people who have communication problems. Attempts have been made to apply AAC to assist the communication of people with cognitive impairments, including people with dementia. Two systems, CIRCA and Talking Mats, took as their starting points different types of communication situation which are problematic with dementia. Both systems have proved to be of benefit to user populations, encouraging further exploration in the field. Such exploration is likely to be gradual and incremental, given the nature of the challenges involved, building on retained capabilities of persons with dementia. There are implications for approaches to system design and development, including the software engineering of new systems.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationComputers Helping People with Special Needs
Subtitle of host publication15th International Conference, ICCHP 2016, Linz, Austria, July 13-15, 2016, Proceedings, Part I
EditorsKlaus Miesenberger , Christian Bühler , Petr Penaz
Place of PublicationSwitzerland
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9783319412641
ISBN (Print)9783319412634
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Event15th International Conference on Computers Helping People with Special Needs - University of Linz, Linz, Austria
Duration: 13 Jul 201615 Jul 2016

Publication series

NameLecture notes in computer science
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
ISSN (Print)0302-9743


Conference15th International Conference on Computers Helping People with Special Needs
Abbreviated titleICCHP 2016
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  • AAC
  • Augmentative communication
  • Dementia
  • Older people


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