User-Centred Design (UCD) methods (for example, Shneiderman, 1992; Preece, 1994; Vredenburg et al. 2002) place the user and their activities at the centre of all stages of the design process. Moving from “system-centred” to “user-centred” design has enabled great improvements to be made in the effectiveness of user interfaces (Wood, 1998). However, the UCD approach presents a challenge for people who use AAC. They are often observed as end-users and are sometimes asked for their opinion during the prototyping phase; but they are seldom asked for their opinion of what they would like their communication system to do for them at the very earliest stages of development.
|Title of host publication||Proceedings of the 11th Biennial Conference of the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication|
|Publication status||Published - 2004|
O'Mara, D. A., Waller, A., Ritchie, G. D., Pain, H., & Manurung, H. (2004). The role of assisted communicators as domain experts in early software design. In Proceedings of the 11th Biennial Conference of the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication ISAAC.