Finally as part of our journey with Articial Intelligence Global Symbols had some slides about "AI Supporting AAC Pictographic Symbol Adaptations"
A couple of weeks later Communication Matter in Leeds UK showcased the latest research and experiences around evidence-based practices with a theme “More than just talking”. The programme was packed so it may be worth working through the PDF book of abstracts provided before the conference to find areas of interest.
It was lovely to see that Dr Ayesha Butt was presenting on the "Development of Culturally Appropriate Urdu Core Vocabulary Symbols for AAC Users" and we have examples with the Adam Urdu Symbols. Other topics ranged from implementation of AAC at different levels to practical access systems and apps that used AI and
Prof. Annalu Waller (University of Dundee) and Priscilla Mensah (Policy Fellow at the cross-party think tank Policy Connect) talked about Artificial Intelligence and AAC - a subject we have also been exploring.
Innovation in this areas has been going on for sometime as Professor Waller demonstrated when she presented a keynote at an AI conference in Scotland 2022, on "Inclusive AI: designing for diversity" but it is clear we still have much to do to enhance AAC skills and make real communication happen more easily.