Telling Tales: Unlocking the Potential of AAC Technologies

Annalu Waller (Lead / Corresponding author)

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Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) has been transformed by the social media revolution made possible by the emergence of mobile technology. The cumbersome dedicated devices of the 1970s have evolved into a burgeoning AAC app industry. However, the limited use and abandonment of AAC technologies remains high. Unlocking the untapped potential of technology requires a paradigm shift in the design of AAC technologies by building systems that minimize the cognitive load placed on users, adapting to their individual physical and language needs. Telling Tales shares insights and stories of how the combination of user-centred design, interdisciplinary research and the application of intelligent computing is providing a vision of future generations of AAC technologies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)159-169
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Journal of Language and Communication Disorders
Issue number2
Early online date30 Dec 2018
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2019


  • augmentative and alternative communication (AAC)
  • motor speech disorders
  • narrative
  • oromotor
  • social interaction
  • assistive technology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Speech and Hearing
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language


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