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ICCHP Conference 2024: Exploring Innovations in AAC: A Look at the Latest Trends and Technologies

Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) as a field that enhances communication for individuals with severe speech, language, and literacy difficulties has always been an arena for innovation. This year at the International Conference on Computers Helping People with Special Needs (ICCHP 2024), a Special Thematic Session (STS) showcased groundbreaking technologies and ideas in AAC products and services, reflecting the dynamic landscape of the field.

· David Banes

AAC Symbols & AI for Individuals with Cerebral or Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI)

Cerebral or Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI) affects many children with complex medical, physical, learning and communication difficulties. It can be considered a hidden disability and may be misunderstood in the early years. Environmental clutter with patterned scenes and objects, bright lights and colour mixtures can cause discomfort and distractions. Many individuals working with symbols for communication have been exploring the best designs to help support AAC users with CVI and we hope that by learning from their ideas we can offer more symbol choices in the future.

· E.A. Draffan
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