The role of assisted communicators as domain experts in early software design

David A O'Mara, Annalu Waller, Graeme D Ritchie, Helen Pain, Hisar Manurung

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 11th Biennial Conference of the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication
Number of pages2
Publication statusPublished - 2004
EventISAAC 2004 - Natal, Brazil
Duration: 4 Oct 200412 Oct 2004


ConferenceISAAC 2004
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