The Aphasia Project: Designing Technology for and with People who have Aphasia
The Aphasia Project is an exciting new multi-disciplinary research project operating out of the University of British Columbia and Princeton University. Our goal is to investigate how technology can be designed to support individuals with aphasia in their daily life. Aphasia is a cognitive disorder, usually acquired as a result of a stroke, brain tumor, or other brain injury, that result in an impairment of langage, affecting the production and/or comprehension of speech and/or written language. Most individuals with aphasia retain their comprehension of visual images, suggesting that multimedia technology may plan a role in an assistive solution.
This talk will explore a number of research challenges in the design of assistive technology for individuals with aphasia. Key challenges include achieving effective design and evaluation for a user population with extremely high degree of variance, and creating appropriate multi- disciplinary teams to carry out the research. We will describe our initial approaches to dealing with these challenges and some early research findings.