4g. Summary

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Step 4 Summary

When summarising the ideas around the design of symbol sets and individual symbols think about:

  • Adaptability: Being aware that users will be making symbol labels on the communication chart that may not be the same as the symbol file name or designed referent (what it relates to). Remember User ability, localisation and globalisation.
  • Personalisation: Making symbols that can have changed outlines, colours and add additional elements to suit user, language, culture, settings etc.
  • Polysemy: Symbols can have many meanings and one concept can have many symbols
  • Learnability: a symbol’s relationship to its label or concept (referent) can be guessed or is easy to learn.
  • Environment: Consider those interacting with the AAC user in all settings and for all tasks.