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Course Description

This course identified, discussed, and illustrated how good design matters in making rehabilitation technologies both usable by and beneficial to persons with acquired aphasia and related disorders..

Meet the Presenter


Richard Steele, Ph.D. 

Richard Steele has been Chief Scientist at Lingraphica since its founding in 1990. Earlier at the Palo Alto VA Rehabilitation R&D Center, he was Principal Investigator on the C-ViC project for computers in aphasia rehabilitation. He has published articles in the field in Neuropsychologica, Aphasiology, Brain and Language, Stroke, and elsewhere. 


Course Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to:

            • Discuss and illustrate the kinds of deficits frequently encountered in persons with aphasia that can make interface design adaptations worthwhile
            • Discuss at least one example of design that addresses motoric deficits in this population, such as dominant-hand weakness resulting from a right hemiparesis
            • Discuss at least one example of design that promotes improved sensory performance, say, in improved processing of acoustic signals for comprehensibility, or in positioning of materials to avoid screen areas that may be visually neglected
            • Adduce and discuss at least one example of design that exploits autonomic responses for rehabilitative ben fit, say, with benefits in improved auditory verbal comprehension, or in for cueing one’s speech

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