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A Voting System for AAC Symbol Acceptance

E.A. Draffan, Mike Wald, Nawar Halabi, Amatullah Kadous, Amal Idris, David Banes, Nadine Zeinoun and Dana Lawand

The 17th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility - Posters and Demos (ASSETS 2015)
Lisbon, Portugal, October 26-28, 2015


This paper aims to illustrate how an innovative voting system has been developed to allow AAC users, their therapists, carers and families show their degree of acceptance for newly developed symbols and their referents. The approach using a participatory model of research occurs via an online symbol management system using a set of criteria that provides instant feedback to the developers and the project team. Scores and comments regarding the symbols are collated and where a majority vote has occurred, symbols are added to the Arabic Symbol Dictionary with lexical entries in both Arabic and English.

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