|Coordinator||LINNÉUNIVERSITETET - Institutionen för datavetenskap och medieteknik, Växjö|
|Funding from Vinnova||SEK 1 996 400|
|Project duration||April 2019 - June 2020|
Purpose and goal
Thousands of children who lack spoken language use different Augmentative and Alternative Communication Aids (AACs). Many, however, lack robust digital tools that aim for independent communication. To achieve this goal, the child is dependent on the adult world using the tool with the child on a broad front - so-called modeling. The robust app TriMo supports children and adults in this difficult process by harnessing the full potential of mobile technology to motivate and simplify increased use and modeling. The goal is for more children to become involved and participate in society.
Expected results and effects
The project´s result is a working prototype for an AAC app for mobiles and tablets for Android, iOS and other devices. The app is expected to become a popular, effective and attractive communication tool for people who, in whole or in part, lack spoken language, and for people in their environment. The app´s unique features are expected to simplify the introduction of this type of tool. The built-in robust vocabulary also means that the user can become independent in their communication, with increased opportunities for participation in society, and for a richer life.
Planned approach and implementation
TriMO is developed in an iterative process by the company IUS-innovation in close collaboration with Linnaeus University and with regular input from the remaining partners. IUS develops an app with the user and communication partners (eg teachers and parents) in focus. A basic version will first be completed and then the new functionalities that are aimed at increased use and to motivate and support modeling will be implemented gradually. In various phases, the project partners will be able to test TriMO with different users and carry out quality checks.