An E-Mail Programme for Mentally Impaired PersonsBy Pereira, Leonor Moniz; Saragoca, Elisabete; Loura, Luisa C.; Espadinha, C.; Technology and Disability, Vol. 15, No. 4, pp. 217-222
Publication Date: 2003
Article describes the ALDICT e-mail program, which is a symbolic program designed for people with mental disabilities. The program was designed to enable people to communicate via e-mail using either the Roman alphabet or different graphic sign systems. The ALDICT e-mail program also allows users to communicate with people from different countries who speak different languages. The program was evaluated by the FMH Special Education and Rehabilitation Department in Portugal. Partners of that institution around Europe allowed their clients with mental disabilities use the ALDICT e-mail program to communicate with others in different parts of the continent. The authors concluded that the ALDICT e-mail program is a good tool to teach clients who are mentally disabled to communicate using graphic symbols to increase their communication skills and social networks. Implications for future studies and improvements are discussed.
Published by: IOS Press (Website:http://www.iospress.nl)
Association for the Advancement of Assistive Technology in Europe (AAATE) (Web Site: http://www.aaate.net )
This publication is included in the library of the National Rehabilitation Information Center (NARIC), accession number J47073