Conference date and location: 24-26 October, 2011, Dundee, Scotland
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Accessibility of 3D Game Environments for People with Aphasia: An Exploratory Study

Julia Galliers, Stephanie Wilson, Sam Muscroft, Jane Marshall, Abi Roper, Naomi Cocks and Tim Pring

Abstract

People with aphasia experience difficulties with all aspects of language and this can mean that their access to technology is substantially reduced. We report a study undertaken to investigate the issues that confront people with aphasia when interacting with technology, specifically 3D game environments. Five people with aphasia were observed and interviewed in twelve workshop sessions. We report the key themes that emerged from the study, such as the importance of direct mappings between users’ interactions and actions in a virtual environment. The results of the study provide some insight into the challenges, but also the opportunities, these technologies offer to people with aphasia. We discuss how these mainstream technologies could be more supportive and inclusive for people with language and communication difficulties.

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