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Design of an iconic communication aid for individuals in India with speech and motion impairments.

Authors
  • Bhattacharya, Samit
  • Basu, Anupam
Type
Published Article
Journal
Assistive technology : the official journal of RESNA
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2009
Volume
21
Issue
4
Pages
173–187
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1080/10400430903246035
PMID: 20066884
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

India is home to a large number of individuals with significant speech and motion impairments. Many of these individuals are children and neo-literates who have little proficiency in their language of communication. In order to cater to such individuals in India, we have developed Sanyog, an icon-based communication aid. Sanyog accepts a sequence of icons as input and converts the input sequence to a grammatically correct sentence. Conversion of an iconic sequence to a sentence requires linguistic knowledge and resources that are not available for Bengali and Hindi, the two Indian languages for which Sanyog was developed. To overcome this problem, we have developed a novel user-computer interaction model. The interaction is facilitated by a suitably designed interface. The interaction model and the interface designed for Sanyog are presented in this article.

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