Global Systems

Global Systems: Design and use of symbols that reflect local language and culture June 4, 2019 @ 6 p.m. ET

Part of the USSAAC Webinar Series



Presenters:  David Banes and E.A. Draffan

E.A. Draffan trained as a Speech and Language Therapist initially working in clinics and a large general hospital and began specializing in Assistive Technology across all disabilities. She moved into education but her interests remain focused on the successful use of assistive technology strategies for those with communication and literacy difficulties with work involving the use of apps, e-books, speech-generating devices, text-to-speech and AAC symbol support.

David Banes works as a consultant and trainer and was formerly CEO at Mada, Qatar Assistive Technology Centre, addressing all aspects of access and inclusion through technology. He currently is working across the Middle and Far East, Europe, and Africa, with a focus on building access infrastructure from policy to practice. Recent projects include the development of a response to disruptive innovation in the access industry, identifying solutions to meeting the needs of refugees with a disability, and building a business case for public investment in assistive technology while supporting entrepreneurs to bring products and services to market. He has a special interest in AAC, having been a teacher of children with complex needs during the early part of his career.

Moderator:  Sarah Blackstone

Seminar Objectives:  This webinar explores the development and use of AAC symbols across diverse languages and cultures. The experience of developing the Arabic Tawasol open symbol set led directly to the creation of Global Symbols with participatory approaches to localization and contextualization of symbols to reflect community needs. All symbols, tools and training resources are published openly, resulting in collaboration with international agencies to increase AAC usage globally.

You will learn:
1. The importance of language and cultural influences on symbol design for communication
2. How democratizing symbol design can support effective symbol sets
3. The value of open licensing as the basis of extending the availability of AAC globally
4. Sources of open symbols and resources



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