Adapting Research Methods for People with Physical and Speech Impairments

Annalu WallerTCELT Research Methods Seminar

Start: 25 October 2017, 2 - 4pm

Location: Dalhousie 2F03

Speaker: Prof A Waller, School of Science & Engineering (Computing), University of Dundee.

Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) attempts to augment natural speech, or to provide alternative ways to communicate for people with limited or no speech. Assistive Technology provides people who use AAC with independent access to voice output. However, aided communicators have diverse physical and cognitive abilities requiring adaptive and innovative technologies.

 In order to design novel technological AAC solutions, the Dundee AAC Research Group have adapted a range of research methodologies and techniques to enable people with severe physical and speech impairment to engage in all stages of the design and evaluation process. This seminar will discuss the design of research methodologies with small heterogeneous user groups and demonstrate how techniques such as focus groups and prototyping have been adapted to increase participation.