Temporal Analysis of the Use of an Augmentative Communication DeviceBy Bourhis, Guy; Pino, Pierre; Assistive Technology - Shaping the Future: AAATE 2003 Conference Proceedings, Vol. 11, No. 1, pp. 294-298
Publication Date: 2003
Paper analyzes the usability of the EDITH (French acronym for Digital Teleaction Environment for Persons with Disabilities) scanning communication aid. The EDITH system was originally designed for a person with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. The software was installed onto a laptop computer to allow users to compose texts using a word prediction software program with a dictionary of 90 thousand words. The program can display pre-registered sentences, such as polite expressions, greetings, and requests for medical care, which are emitted via speech synthesis. The EDITH program can also be used to read scanned text, to control a television or CD player, and to alert medical personnel for help. The software also makes it possible to analyze the interactions between a person with disabilities and a technical communication device. Implications for further research 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 )